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Sustainability Initiative

A 21st century school to address 21st century challenges

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.

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A future in which human societies and natural systems will thrive in concert, where all humans will live in freedom, preserve nature, and enjoy equitable access to food, clean air, clean water, and a peaceful dwelling place.

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


The decision to create a school arose through faculty, student, and staff engagement, starting with more than 200 submitted proposals for campus, education, and research initiatives.

Putting puzzle pieces together

School Status

Internal and external stakeholders are weighing in on the best ways of integrating Stanford's strengths in climate and sustainability research and education, leading up to a design for the new school. 

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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