Yale University receives $100 million for carbon capture center

Yale University receives $100 million for carbon capture center

Yale University has announced a $100 million gift from FedEx to help establish a center focused on developing natural solutions to reduce atmospheric carbon.

The Center for Natural Carbon Capture will work to accelerate research across academic disciplines and develop a portfolio of rapid and long-term approaches to natural carbon removal strategies. Indeed, the center is aimed at uniting research endeavors and fostering closer connections among researchers in the Yale School of the Environment, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and departments such as Earth and planetary sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology, chemistry, and chemical and environmental engineering, to develop interventions that enhance the Earth's abilities to store carbon including methods that model natural processes.

To that end, the funding will help establish four professorships in science and engineering across YSE and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as well as postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. In addition, the gift will provide research funding and essential instrumentation, support Yale's Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative's outreach work, and enable the university to convene researchers, corporations, policy makers, and others for conferences and events.

"Developing natural solutions for carbon sequestration is an ambitious but realistic strategy," said Ingrid C. Burke, the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the Yale School of the Environment. "It will have an immense impact on our ability to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and mitigate the effects of global warming. Earth's natural systems are ripe with opportunities, and the Center for Natural Carbon Capture will enable research that transforms these opportunities into real-world, applicable solutions. These natural solutions must be used as part of a portfolio of methods to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions."

"At FedEx, we have a responsibility to take action in addressing climate change," said Frederick W. Smith, Fedex chairman and CEO and a Yale alumnus ('66). "We have created a roadmap to achieve our carbon neutral goal that includes helping to establish the Center for Natural Carbon Capture. Yale has a deep reservoir of expertise and researchers working on this shared problem, which makes it the ideal place for this important work."

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