Stanford University's New Climate Change School That Received $1.1 Bn from Silicon Valley VC
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Globally renowned university, Stanford University, has announced that it is launching a new school, later this year, called Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. This will be the university’s first new school in 70 years, will accelerate solutions to global climate crisis and sustainability challenges.

The school has received an investments of US$1.1 billion from John and Ann Doerr, along with gifts from other philanthropists. John Doerr is a renowned Silicon Valley venture capitalist. He is a VC at Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California. Doerr famously led Kleiner into Google in 1999, investing $12.5 million. He was also an early investor in Amazon, DoorDash, Slack and many more.

Doerr and his wife donated $1.1 billion to fund the school -- the largest gift ever given to a university for establishing a new school, says a report by NY Times.

The university also announced that Dr. Arun Majumdar has been appointed as the school’s inaugural dean. Majumdar is Dr. Majumdar graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay in 1985. 

Arun Majumdar
Dr. Arun Majumdar

Dr. Arun Majumdar is an internationally recognized expert in advanced energy systems, new materials, electrical grids, and renewable energy. He will be the inaugural dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, that is expected to launch on 1st September, 2022.

Dr. Majumdar, is a also former co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he co-chairs the George Shultz Energy and Climate Task Force.

Going back to the new school, the new school is designed to focus on various topics related to the climate crisis and its solutions, including earth and planetary sciences, energy technology, food and water security and human health.

The school will also have impact on current challenges and those that arise in the future through its students. New degree programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students emphasize experiential learning.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability has been designed to power excellence in 8 areas of scholarship that, together, are crucial for advancing the long-term prosperity of the planet - 
  1. Climate change
  2. Earth and planetary sciences
  3. Energy technology
  4. Sustainable cities
  5. Natural environment
  6. Food and water security 
  7. Human society and behavior
  8. Human Health and the Environment.

Sustainability Accelerator

To expand the reach of the new school to the people globally, the school will also have Sustainability Accelerator, which will include convening space, equipment, expert staff, and will provide specialized training and project funding to generate solutions that span the spectrum of technology and policy.

The accelerator will support teams of faculty and students who engage with external partners to develop and scale solutions across the spectrum of policy and technology. The accelerator will also offer grants that emphasize measurable impacts through partnership with government, industry, and other outside entities.

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