- 2011-2012 Cornell University Annual Report (22.7MB pdf)
October 28, 2010
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Today at Cornell University we formally establish the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF).
David Atkinson, a member of the Cornell Class of 1960 and a Cornell Presidential Councillor, has been a partner with Cornell in a highly successful pilot program organized in 2007 as the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future. The center currently engages 220 faculty fellows from some 55 departments on Cornell's Ithaca campus in interdisciplinary research on broadly defined sustainability topics. Center programs, linking Cornell research teams to external organizations, have leveraged Cornell's initial investment by nearly eight-fold, with support from the federal government, foundations, individual philanthropists, and corporations that totals $55 million.
Together with his wife Patricia, David Atkinson is now making an extraordinary $80-million gift that will enable the center, renamed in his honor, to advance multidisciplinary research and cultivate innovative collaborations within and beyond the university in order to create a sustainable future for all. A transformative investment in Cornell's faculty, staff, and students, the Atkinson gift will position the center to have a substantial impact on global sustainability.
Here are just a few examples of ACSF-assisted success in advancing research and scholarly collaboration in sustainability:
With David and Pat Atkinson's historic gift forming a permanent base for the university's unfolding capabilities in sustainability, Cornell researchers will increase internal and external engagement across a broad swath of themes.
Cornell aspires to be a leader in efforts to create a bright future for our world—for our children, grandchildren, and the following generations. We look forward to joining with you in this important work.
Cornell scholars, staff, and students need and value your passion, involvement, and support. We invite you to learn about the sustainability activities and programs growing at Cornell at www.sustainablefuture.cornell.edu.