A 21st century school to address 21st century challenges
Stanford is creating its first new school in more than 70 years in a historic effort to address urgent climate and sustainability challenges that threaten the health and wellbeing of people worldwide. It will bring together and expand on the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth), the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Precourt Institute for Energy, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (joint with the School of Engineering) and the facilities at Hopkins Marine Station.
The new school integrates Stanford’s excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration to create a place where students and faculty probe fundamental questions about our planet and its inhabitants while also engaging with colleagues across the university and around the world to create a future where humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity. The school’s vision includes:
Advancing knowledge critical to sustaining life on Earth and to ensuring the benefits of a healthy planet extend to all people
Preparing students as future sustainability leaders through rigorous, engaged education and research
Engaging with partners to generate and scale local, national, and global solutions to the defining challenge for humanity
Departments, cross-cutting themes and an accelerator
The school will achieve that vision through a three-part structure that includes academic departments; cross-cutting themes organized within institutes to draw on the expertise of the entire university; and an accelerator to drive new technology and policy solutions. As the school is forming, proposed departments will be clustered in transitional divisions that will evolve as faculty join the school from across the university and through new hires.
Part of Stanford's Long-Range Vision
The Sustainability Initiative, which led to the new school focused on climate and sustainability, is part of Stanford's Vision of increasing and accelerating the university's purposeful impact in the world.