University of Minnesota Receives $5 Million for Sustainability Studies

University of Minnesota Receives $5 Million for Sustainability Studies

The University of Minnesota has announced a $5 million gift from the Ecolab Foundation in support of environmental sustainability research and education.

The gift from the charitable arm of global water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services provider Ecolab includes $2 million to establish an endowed chair in the university's Institute on the Environment; more than $1 million for undergraduate scholarships in science, engineering, and related environmental and sustainability-focused majors and minors, with renewable awards of $7,500 available to diverse and talented students beginning in their sophomore year; and support for immersive student experiences with global and local partners focused on energy, water quality and supply, sustainable development, and public health.

The gift also will provide scholarships and international learning experiences to undergraduates in the university's Carlson School of Management, equipping them to address real and growing risks to the environment, and will underwrite a conference series that engages top industry and academic experts on topics related to major environmental challenges.

"For decades, University of Minnesota researchers and students have focused on finding scientific and social solutions to tackle the most important challenges facing our state, nation, and world," said University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler. "Through public-private partnerships like this one with the Ecolab Foundation, we are able to accelerate research into practices that ensure safe water, clean, renewable energy, healthy landscapes, and sustainable food."