A year of progress
In light of the scale and urgency of challenges facing us today, the school has focused our first year on key priorities of sustainability scholarship, education, and impact.
It was one year ago today that together we formally launched the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. It was a day that was many years in the making, driven by a bold and ambitious vision to address the defining challenge and opportunity of our times. I hope everyone saw the story in this morning’s Stanford Report celebrating what you all made possible over the past year. You can also see a celebration of those achievements on our Year in Review website and which are covered in greater detail in this Progress to Date and Look Ahead report. And while our inaugural year has certainly been filled with progress and accomplishments, I mostly want to say just one thing: Thank You.
Ideating, creating, and launching this school required countless hours of your determined effort. It required flexibility and patience. It required a depth and breadth of experience and expertise among our faculty and staff to make the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability possible. And now, a year later, all your work has laid the foundation for generations of impact. Thank you for making this school a reality and making our first year a touchstone for our future progress.
We still have untold miles to travel. The extreme weather of this summer only serves as a stark reminder of the urgency of our work. But I have great optimism in the face of great challenges, because I see what you do every day, and I know that we have the capacity to make a real difference in the world.
Thank you again. I’m looking forward to the start of the academic year and seeing you on campus.
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