U Virginia Launches $60M Climate Change Solutions Program

The university's newly announced Grand Challenge Research Initiatives will invest $60 million into collaborative climate change research. UVA researchers will work to develop clean energy solutions and help local communities develop best practices for responding to climate-driven challenges.

Stanford U Receives $1B for School of Sustainability

Stanford’s first new school in 70 years will launch this fall as the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, recognizing a $1.1 billion gift from John and Ann Doerr. The school will have academic departments that advance subject understanding, interdisciplinary institutes that innovate across fields, and an accelerator focused on developing near-term policy and technology solutions. (Image credit: Edward Caldwell)

Federal US Government Directs $3M to HBCUs for Decarbonization Research

The U.S. Department of Energy announced recently that $3 million in federal funding would be directed toward historically Black colleges and universities, and other minority serving institutions, for research dedicated to carbonizing power generation and to help strengthen a pipeline from those schools into energy-related jobs.

U Pittsburgh Introduces Social Justice Faculty Fellowship

The Office of Health Sciences, Diversity and Inclusion recently established a social justice faculty fellowship program that aims to raise awareness among faculty about health inequities in the local community. The program, funded by campus-community partnerships, was developed to address Pitt students’ calls to action on social justice and systemic racism.

U Southern California Opens Three New Sustainability Research Centers

The new research centers, which are housed within the university's Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, are focused on Earth and Environmental Systems, Applied Environmental Solutions, and Social Transformation. The three centers will merge the interdisciplinary expertise of the institute’s affiliated faculty, full-time senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students to better understand and help to solve environmental and sustainability challenges.

Georgetown U Opens Environment & Sustainability Institute

The Earth Commons, Georgetown’s new Institute for Environment & Sustainability, is building new educational programming for undergraduate and graduate students, expanding research opportunities for faculty members and students, and developing scalable solutions for a sustainable campus and planet. The institute will be composed of multiple focal areas that will each focus on a major environmental issue, including environmental justice, climate change and energy transitions, environmental health, food and water security and biodiversity conservation.

MIT Initiates the Energy Systems Research Center

Working with energy partners, the new research consortium, the Future Energy Systems Center, aims to address the climate crisis and the role energy systems can play in solving it. The center investigates the emerging technology, policy, demographics and economics reshaping the landscape of energy supply and demand, then conducts integrative analysis of the entire energy system.

Canadian Research Team Receives $24M for Biodiversity & Indigenous Health Project

Awarded $24 million from the federal government, the Ărramăt Project brings together more than 150 Indigenous organizations and governments that will carry out 140 Indigenous-led, place-based research projects to examine the links between the loss of biodiversity and the decline in Indigenous health.

Dickinson College Announces $100,000 Prize Winner

Announced during the COP26 U.N. Climate Conference in Glasgow, Dickinson presented the Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The $100,000 Rose-Walters Prize is bestowed annually on an individual or organization making a defining difference to advance responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources and people. The 2022 prize honors the IPCC’s work, including producing and communicating scientific knowledge that is the foundation of informed and effective action on climate change.

AASHE Recognizes 2021 Sustainability Award Finalists

AASHE recently revealed the 2021 AASHE Sustainability Award finalists. Selected from over 360 submissions, there were 54 finalists across five categories, including the inaugural Racial Equity and Sustainability Collaborations Award. On Dec. 9, attend the Sustainability Awards ceremony for a live reveal of the 12 winners.

Royal Roads U Launches Climate Leadership Masters Degree

Approved June 2021, the new Master of Arts in Climate Action Leadership is a two-year, 36-credit degree program geared toward people who want to create the social, political, environmental and economic changes needed for a low-carbon, resilient future. The program places an emphasis on the intersection of climate science, social science, justice and change leadership.

U California Launches 'Center for Climate Justice'

The new center is a system-wide initiative to address climate change as a social justice and equity issue. The center seeks not only to address the root causes of climate change, but also the broad range of associated social, racial and environmental injustices. The center will be led by management of complex systems professor and UC Presidential Chair Tracey Osborne.

Clark Atlanta U Receives $1M for Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute

The university recently announced a total of $5 million in gifts and donations from its 2021 commencement ceremonies, $1 million of which, from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, will establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership and Social Justice Institute.