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Sustainability Initiative

Stanford is creating a school focused on climate and sustainability that will draw on the considerable expertise that exists across academic units, aligning those efforts around research, education, and impact. In announcing the school, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne called it a 21st-century school to address 21st-century challenges. 

“Among the most urgent issues of our time are climate change and the challenge of creating a sustainable future for people and our planet. At Stanford we have tremendous strengths in climate and sustainability studies working across the schools and institutes, but there is an opportunity to amplify our contributions in education, research and impact further by aligning people and resources more effectively in a school.” — Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Stanford President

The school, which arose as part of Stanford’s Long-Range Vision, reflects the ideal that Stanford’s ambition and commitment to climate and sustainability must be as large as the challenge we face. It will build on Stanford's historic excellence in foundational research to understand our planet and the life it supports, and leverage expertise currently distributed across several schools and institutes in applying that knowledge to solve real-world problems. It will also create an educational experience that infuses sustainability in the education of all students across campus in addition to running degree-granting undergraduate and graduate programs.

The work of designing the school is being led by Kathryn Moler, Vice Provost and Dean of Research, and Stephan Graham, Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

A class on organic gardening and racial justice meets at the O'Donohue Family Farm


Read about the history of faculty, student, and staff engagement that led to the decision to create a school.

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School Status

Stay updated on the status of designing the school.