Luce Initiative

In June 2000, the Luce Foundation announced a $30 million initiative in the environment, designed to enhance the quality of academic training and research on the environment at small liberal arts colleges and large research universities, and to support ground-breaking projects of environmental organizations that held promise for solving specific problems.

In order to take stock of that initiative, the Luce Foundation sponsored a gathering of grant recipients; Michael D. Kennedy, Nancy Jacobs and J. Timmons Roberts, through the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, organized that gathering not only to share ideas on site, but to extend the fruits of that learning digitally.  The Pecha-Kuchas available on this site are very brief introductions to each of the various projects undertaken with Luce support at more than 30 schools. The Watson Institute’s Lindsay Richardson made videos about three of those projects — at the College of the Atlantic, Bard College, and University of California Berkeley’s College of Engineering — to illustrate the principles mobilizing innovation in environmental learning.

Finally, Michael D. Kennedy, J. Timmons Roberts, Alissa Cordner and Adam Kotin drew upon all these materials and more to write an overall assessment of the initiative entitled “Environmental Knowledge Matters: Assessing Impacts of the Luce Foundation Initiative on Higher Education and Sustainability”. Not only retrospective in assessment, the authors seek to extend the learning that has taken place across these schools and the foundation about how to make philanthropy and higher education more consequential in their work together.

The Paper

Companion Videos

The Conference

Henry Luce Foundation Watson Institute for International Studies Brown University