Stanford University is establishing its first new school in 70 years that will focus on sustainability and the climate crisis. 

Venture capitalist John Doerr donated $1.1 billion to the school.

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will include various departments covering climate change. Some of those are:

  • Earth and planetary sciences,
  • Sustainable cities
  • Food and water security
  • Human health and the environment 

The school will focus on addressing short-term as well as long-term climate and sustainability issues. Research will be conducted to assess the impact of current innovations while simultaneously addressing future issues that have the potential to arise. 

Additionally, the school will be working with fossil-fuel companies to meet university policies. 

"We don't know all the problems that we're going to face in the future — we know what we know today. But fundamental research is going to discover some of the new issues that are going to come out and attack points on how to address them. This organization reflects the needs and the demands of our time today," said the school's inaugural dean, Arun Majumdar.