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When Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced the new school it was with the idea that the university's commitment to sustainability must be as big as the challenges we face — challenges like climate change, sea level rise, more frequent natural disasters, threats to our food and water, unequal access to energy, increasing health risks from a changing planet, and ensuring the fair and equitable access to all the benefits of a more sustainable planet. 

Sustainability Accelerator

To meet the ambitious goal for the school's impact, the Blueprint Advisory Committee is recommending a Sustainability Accelerator to catalyze and scale technology and policy solutions with external partners including nonprofits, governments, industry, and impacted communities. The envisioned Accelerator will create a continuous spectrum bridging technology and policy through two anchors: a technology pillar and a policy pillar. The technology pillar will help physical  technologies reach those who can use them through physical space, tools, and domain expertise to help researchers refine and scale prototypes. The policy pillar will support cross-campus policy design and engagement with external stakeholders. 

Competitive grants given by the Accelerator will align with the central scholarship areas of the new school and will support projects with strong faculty commitment and potential for success and impact. In many cases, seed funding from the Woods Institute, the Precourt Institute, or another Stanford research grant program will have prepared the project for larger-scale implementation. Accelerator project teams will also receive mentorship, connections to partners, and assistance with scaled deployment.