William & Mary has received a $19.3 million gift from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous to establish a landmark Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC). The gift will position the university as a global leader in transformational research to protect ecosystems and safeguard world populations. It will cultivate leaders prepared to drive policy, advance advocacy and inspire action at the local, national and international levels.
“该研究所将能够与主要外部伙伴的合作，并且确保所有大学新的协同效应。只能通过这种跨学科的合作，才能确保最宝贵的财富在这个星球上的活力 - 我们的环境，说：”总裁凯瑟琳一个。罗。 “此外，因为多样性加快问题的解决，我们正在致力于扩大代表性不足的学生，教职员工进入养护行业的管道。”
The institute will support multidisciplinary teams of faculty, staff and students to address conservation issues in a multitude of ways. Teams drawn from all of William & Mary’s five schools — the 弗吉尼亚海洋科学研究所, 法学院, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Raymond A. Mason 商学院 and 教育学校 will collaborate on research projects and convene international conversations with leading experts at other universities, the federal government, nonprofit organizations and private companies.
In order to identify conservation priorities and ensure maximum impact on the environment, William & Mary will establish a network of conservation professionals from a broad range of sectors. The collaborative network will drive research agendas on campus, generating actionable policy data to advance conservation on the ground.
“Conservation requires collaborative partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries and redefine the status quo. Time is of the essence and I believe that the institute is just what we need to bring significant change to our world,” said the alumna, who serves on the William & Mary Foundation Board of Trustees.
“William & Mary is uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of global conservation efforts because of its strength and expertise in the humanities, public policy, sciences and data analytics. The university’s diverse student body combined with its size, focus on entrepreneurial thinking and proximity to the nation’s capital, where many of the top conservation organizations are located, are all assets that will be crucial to advancing the institute’s mission,” she added. “This is an investment in our future, in our environment and in the people at William & Mary and beyond who will undoubtedly help change the course of history.”
As part of the institute’s goals — all of which will be fully funded through this gift — William & Mary will:
“We are thrilled to partner with William & Mary in tackling tough environmental issues and advancing science-based research that will inform sound policies at every level of government, both domestically and internationally,” said Michael Ulica, president and COO of the National Geographic Society. “This groundbreaking institute has the potential to revolutionize the way we address some of the gravest threats facing nature and humankind.”
根据1938年班教授约翰襁褓，谁帮助指导建立IIC的，“为保护一个综合性的课程将很快被开发，使大学拓宽课程设置增强了深入的研究和探索。我们正在扩大未来保护从业者的技能和管道 - 的领导人，谁可以帮助防止我们的环境退化，生态系统相互关联，这是在这样一个快节奏发生“。
William & Mary also announced today its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. The announcement represents another step forward for the university in its sustainability efforts, according to Swaddle, who also co-chairs the university’s Committee on Sustainability (CoS). William & Mary will soon unveil a Climate Action Plan developed by the CoS and facilitated by the Office of Sustainability, which will include strategies and goals for research and education to promote sustainability and carbon neutrality — all of which will have great synergies with the design and launch of the new IIC, Swaddle added. The climate action plan includes commitments to partner with the University of Virginia in data sharing and best practices.
“The institute is a game-changer for William & Mary and for our global conservation and sustainability efforts,” said Director of the Center for Geospatial Analysis Robert Rose. Rose, like Swaddle, played a leadership role in envisioning the institute.
According to Rose, the IIC will function interdependently with existing William & Mary schools and departments as well as external partners. This approach will enable the institute to bring about well-informed change in conservation policy and action through collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education.
在$ 19.3万的礼品是大学的$ 1十亿的一部分 对于大胆 fundraising campaign, which will conclude next year. To date, William & Mary has raised more than $920 million in its campaign.
“This transformative gift enables William & Mary to continue to convene great minds who can push boundaries, overcome barriers and find solutions to the most pressing issues that impact our future,” said Vice President for University Advancement Matthew T. Lambert ’99. “The institute will change the trajectory of how we address these global issues and will enable our students, faculty and the university as a whole — together with conservation leaders from around the globe —to collaboratively solve the greatest environmental challenges of our time.”