The new Sustainability Accelerator will develop and launch scalable solutions for global impact. It is a significant departure from traditional academia. Thinking about scale from the beginning and working backward, it will identify those gaps in knowledge as well as risks and barriers along plausible pathways for scaling, which if adequately addressed will create solutions that can achieve speed and scale for global impact.
What we focus on
We focus our efforts around Flagship Destinations – ambitious and aspirational targets that have the potential for impact on a global scale. This integrated approach will support development of needed technological, governance, financial, and other societal innovations, including addressing equity and justice issues. Investments and scaling support by the Accelerator focus on these Flagship Destinations.
Over time, we anticipate several Flagship Destinations running concurrently, each focusing on areas such as adaptation against effects of climate change, access to freshwater, or the energy transition, with specific topic areas and goals generated by our scholars.
- Have a significant and measurable impact with the potential to scale from local- to global-level outcomes in a timeframe that reflects the urgency of the sustainability challenge.
- Have potential for Stanford to make a meaningful contribution.
- Identify and address equity challenges and unintended consequences at scale.
Our first flagship destination
Broad themed scalable projects
In an initial open round of funding held in the summer of 2022, the Accelerator invested in 31 teams focused on a broad range of sustainability themes. Going forward, there will be additional sources of funding within the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability for scalable projects that fall outside the Flagship Destination framework.
Interim Director for Policy Engagement, Sustainability Accelerator
"The sustainability challenge is not going to be solved just by technology – technology is critical, but we also need policy change. We need to work with policymakers, to co-create questions and produce answers on a time frame that’s generally faster than the academic research time frame."