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Sustainability

Creating a future in which humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity

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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 advance scholarship in climate and sustainability and address urgent 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

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School Vision

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, institutes, and an accelerator

The school will achieve its vision through a three-part structure that includes academic departments; institutes with initiatives that 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.

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Living Laboratory

Campus commitment to sustainability

Stanford is committed to being a living laboratory for sustainability solutions, with ambitious goals for reducing emissions and waste and for scaling our learnings through other campuses, businesses, or governments.

Will Tarpeh, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, says the new school will help his group translate their work on converting waste into useable products into real world impact, whether that’s in the US all the way to sub-Saharan Africa.

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. 

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