News

Around Town: Couple's record-setting $1.1B donation benefits Stanford's new sustainability school

John and Ann Doerr's gift is the largest in the university's history

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, the university's first school in seven decades, is set to open in fall 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo by Sinead Chang.

In the latest Around Town column, news about a $1.1 billion donation for Stanford's new sustainability school set to open this fall and a four-week citywide scavenger hunt for local puzzle lovers.

A GIFT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS ... Venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, have donated $1.1 billion to Stanford University in support of a new school focused on climate change and sustainability, the university announced Wednesday.

In recognition of the gift — the largest in the university's history — Stanford is naming the school after the couple. The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will be the university's first new school in 70 years.

"We have designed a school for the future combining knowledge generation and impact, building on the strong foundation established through Stanford's history of scholarship in Stanford Earth and our other schools and interdisciplinary institutes," university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement. "We are deeply grateful to John and Ann for partnering with us to realize the school's mission, as well as the other generous lead donors who are leveraging their resources to help us create a more livable future."

The school will focus on three broad areas, earth, climate and society, under the leadership of Arun Majumdar, who will serve as the inaugural dean. Majumdar is a professor of mechanical engineering and former co-director of the university's Precourt Institute for Energy.

Help sustain the local news you depend on.

Your contribution matters. Become a member today.

Join

The school is expected to debut with 90 current faculty members and add 60 more over the next decade.

The Lucie Stern Community Center is one of two locations where community members can pick up a form to participate in a citywide scavenger hunt, which kicks off on May 7, 2022. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

CAN YOU SOLVE IT? ... Palo Altans have a chance to challenge their brains through a citywide scavenger hunt kicking off Saturday, May 7.

The city has teamed up with local organization Solving Fun for the free four-week event, where one puzzle will be released each week. For weeks two through four, the puzzle will be available on Thursdays at noon.

Here's how it works: Participants can download and print the puzzles at solvingfun.com/paloalto, or pick up a printed set at the Mitchell Park or Lucie Stern community centers. Every challenge takes players to a different part of the city where they'll search for a sign with a series of bold letters. Organizers note that the signs won't be hidden or buried and will be placed on public property. "You will not need to damage anything to find them," directions posted on Solving Fun's website state.

Once players write down the letters, they can put them together for that week's final answer, which can be entered through a Google Form on Solving Fun's website or written on the printed form and dropped off at any city community center.

Players can enter into a drawing each week for their shot at prizes. Those who complete all four weeks of puzzles can figure out the final location based on all the answers from the previous weeks and a last set of puzzles. The ultimate drawing will be for a grand prize of Palo Alto goods, according to Solving Fun's website. For more information, visit solvingfun.com/paloalto.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox in our Express newsletter.

Follow Palo Alto Online and the Palo Alto Weekly on Twitter @paloaltoweekly, Facebook and on Instagram @paloaltoonline for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

Get uninterrupted access to important local education news. Become a member today.

Around Town: Couple's record-setting $1.1B donation benefits Stanford's new sustainability school

John and Ann Doerr's gift is the largest in the university's history

by Palo Alto Weekly staff / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, May 7, 2022, 9:18 am

In the latest Around Town column, news about a $1.1 billion donation for Stanford's new sustainability school set to open this fall and a four-week citywide scavenger hunt for local puzzle lovers.

A GIFT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS ... Venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, have donated $1.1 billion to Stanford University in support of a new school focused on climate change and sustainability, the university announced Wednesday.

In recognition of the gift — the largest in the university's history — Stanford is naming the school after the couple. The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will be the university's first new school in 70 years.

"We have designed a school for the future combining knowledge generation and impact, building on the strong foundation established through Stanford's history of scholarship in Stanford Earth and our other schools and interdisciplinary institutes," university President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement. "We are deeply grateful to John and Ann for partnering with us to realize the school's mission, as well as the other generous lead donors who are leveraging their resources to help us create a more livable future."

The school will focus on three broad areas, earth, climate and society, under the leadership of Arun Majumdar, who will serve as the inaugural dean. Majumdar is a professor of mechanical engineering and former co-director of the university's Precourt Institute for Energy.

The school is expected to debut with 90 current faculty members and add 60 more over the next decade.

CAN YOU SOLVE IT? ... Palo Altans have a chance to challenge their brains through a citywide scavenger hunt kicking off Saturday, May 7.

The city has teamed up with local organization Solving Fun for the free four-week event, where one puzzle will be released each week. For weeks two through four, the puzzle will be available on Thursdays at noon.

Here's how it works: Participants can download and print the puzzles at solvingfun.com/paloalto, or pick up a printed set at the Mitchell Park or Lucie Stern community centers. Every challenge takes players to a different part of the city where they'll search for a sign with a series of bold letters. Organizers note that the signs won't be hidden or buried and will be placed on public property. "You will not need to damage anything to find them," directions posted on Solving Fun's website state.

Once players write down the letters, they can put them together for that week's final answer, which can be entered through a Google Form on Solving Fun's website or written on the printed form and dropped off at any city community center.

Players can enter into a drawing each week for their shot at prizes. Those who complete all four weeks of puzzles can figure out the final location based on all the answers from the previous weeks and a last set of puzzles. The ultimate drawing will be for a grand prize of Palo Alto goods, according to Solving Fun's website. For more information, visit solvingfun.com/paloalto.

Comments

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.