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Friday, October 29, 2010

Former alumnus make a monumental donation to Cornell University's sustainability research center

Cornell alumnus David R. Atkinson and his wife Patricia have given Cornell University a monumental $80 Million donation for the advancement of the University's sustainability research center, marking the largest donation ever given to a University for sustainability research/faculty support as well as the largest single donation in Cornell's history.

Cornell's Center for a Sustainable Future is a three year pilot program focused on energy, the environment and economic development. The center was established with $3 million, limiting its longevity as well as the scope of what could be achieved but nonetheless received the attention of organizations such as IBM, CARE and the Environmental Defense Fund. The Donation will turn the center into a permanent research center entitled the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, hire new faculty and fund up to 15 sustainability projects a year. The Centers director Frank DiSalvo believes the donation has the potential of making Cornell University a world leader in sustainability research.

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