Harvard University announced the creation of a new entity that will be advancing research programs across all of Harvard's Schools and allow comprehensive education within climate and the environment.
The Salata Institute will be launching in the fall of 2022, and it will be led by Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability Jim Stock with the mission of developing and promoting sustainable and effective solutions to the challenges that we are facing right now as a society.
Melanie Salata and her husband Jean Salata, chief executive of Baring Private Equity Asia, donated a $200 million gift to Harvard to make this dream a reality.
"The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle the climate crisis by leveraging and unifying Harvard's strengths. It will draw together expertise from across the University in ways we've only just begun to imagine. Melanie and Jean's extraordinary generosity is matched only by their passionate belief that the time is now for bold action that engages the public. We are grateful beyond measure for their vision and for their support as we undertake critical work on behalf of humanity — and for the sake of our planet," said President Larry Bacow.
The Salata Institute will focus on pursuing climate-related issues as well as growing a network of climate-focused scholars across Harvard as well as creating new pathways for student education in the overall development of climate change and sustainability solutions.