CURE Board Member Named Professor in Residence at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
CURE Board Member Dr. Stephanie Pincetl, who directs the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, was recently named Professor-in-Residence at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Previously, she had been an Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Pincetl’s new appointment was made possible, in part, by a recent major gift to the Institute from the Pritzker Foundation. In November 2013, Los Angeles philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker donated $15 million to UCLA to support environmental and sustainability research aimed at helping Los Angeles and other cities confront 21st-century challenges.
A $5 million endowment from the Pritzker Foundation will also support the California Center for Urban Sustainability, which builds on the research that Dr. Pincetl’s directs at the California Center for Sustainable Communities.
The donation recognizes that for the first time in history more than half of the world's population lives in cities, and an estimated 70% will do so by 2050. The California Center for Urban Sustainability will allow Dr. Pincetl and her UCLA colleagues to continue their groundbreaking research on maximizing cities' energy and water efficiency, protecting urban biodiversity, and improving quality of life. The new center's goal will be to create solutions that not only improve Los Angeles but also help urban dwellers in every corner of the planet.
"This gift is a powerful expression of how visionary philanthropy can impact society," said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block. "The Pritzkers are taking aim at significant societal problems, and UCLA and Los Angeles will benefit enormously from their leadership. We are honored by their generosity and inspired by their trust in UCLA to develop solutions to pressing challenges facing our city, our country and the world."