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Launching September 2022

Stanford is creating its first new school in more than 70 years dedicated to creating a future where humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity.

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Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, the university’s first new school in 70 years, will accelerate solutions to global climate crisis

Investments of $1.1 billion from John and Ann Doerr, along with gifts from other philanthropists, catalyze interdisciplinary efforts to tackle urgent climate and sustainability challenges facing people and ecosystems worldwide.

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Arun Majumdar

Inaugural dean: Arun Majumdar

A professor of mechanical engineering and former co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Majumdar has expertise in energy solutions and policies through his research on sustainable grid technologies and his experience in both industry and government.

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Organized for impact

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability is organized to drive impact with a novel three-part structure that includes academic departmentsinstitutes and initiatives, and a Sustainability Accelerator

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Creating knowledge

Scholarship within the school's departments creates new knowledge about the natural world and its linkages with human society, and the threats we all face.

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Bridging disciplines

The school's institutes focus interdisciplinary expertise around critical challenges in energy, the environment, and sustainable societies, and foster emerging areas of scholarship.

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Driving impact

The Sustainability Accelerator will draw expertise from across the university and outside partners to co-create and scale solutions for urgent climate and sustainability challenges.

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Academics

Our school offers degrees and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional certificates. 

Our scholarship and impact

Faculty and students in the departments, institutes, and centers seeding the school are already expanding our understanding and generating impact worldwide. When the school launches in September, these existing research programs will be augmented by faculty hires in extended areas of scholarship, and their impact will be broadened with a new Institute for Sustainable Societies and Sustainability Accelerator.

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Stanford Earth

Scientists model landscape formation on Titan

A new hypothesis reveals that a global sedimentary cycle driven by seasons could explain the formation of landscapes on Saturn’s moon Titan. The research shows the alien world may be more Earth-like than previously thought.

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Precourt Institute for Energy

Reversible fuel cells can support grid economically

Integrated reversible power-to-gas systems can also convert hydrogen back to electricity as a backup power source surprisingly economically, new research finds.

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Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Coral-killing sunscreens

Stanford researchers reveal a mechanism by which oxybenzone, a common sunscreen component, may damage reefs. The surprising findings could help guide the development and marketing of effective, coral-safe sunscreens.

Meet our community

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Be part of the change

The DEI office aspires to build a community that reflects the demographics of our society and is attuned to the environmental justice and social issues that are fundamental to fruitful learning and lead to better scientific solutions for our planet.

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Sharing our stories

Celebrating diversity

This interview series illuminates how our many identities intersect with our work in sustainability. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, Asian American Pacific Islander, women, and other groups among faculty, staff, students, and alumni share their experiences.

Evan Baldonado
Environmental Justice

New minor offered

Evan Baldonado, a third-year student in the School of Engineering, is the first student to adopt a minor in environmental justice, offered through the Earth Systems program. The minor will also be part of the new school.

What excites me is...

Here, faculty share what excites them about the new school, including forming new research collaborations, amplifying the global impact of their work and helping students contribute to a sustainable future.

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Human behavior

Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

"This is an opportunity to draw across disciplines to think about strategies from engineering to behavioral sciences to environmental scientists and really come together to tackle the really big sustainability issues that we face today as a society."

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Living Laboratory

Campus commitment to sustainability

Stanford campus acts as 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.