I went to a panel discussion on sustainability yesterday where it was announced that David R. Atkinson (Cornell Class of 1960) and his wife, Patricia Atkinson, would be giving Cornell $80 million to support sustainability research. Listening to the panel discussion and hearing Cornell’s President Skorton speak about sustainability as the defining issue of our generation was really moving to me. And the huge commitment to sustainability expressed by the Atkinsons’ gift made me tremendously hopeful that humanity just might be able to finally move itself in the right direction – toward living within our environmental means. I had to fight back tears of hopeful joy… For more details on this see: The Cornell Chronicle Article.
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