Thanks to the help of Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel, a new College of Global Sustainability may be in the works for the University of South Florida (USF).
The latest contribution to the USF: Unstoppable Campaign
-- a $600 million effort to celebrate the energy, vision and future of the university
-- the Patels recently donated $12 million to the university toward an endowment aimed at creating the new Patel College of Global Sustainability.
The new college will expand on nearly a decade of research in an attempt to advance sustainability around the globe.
“The Earth is God's gift to humanity and we believe that the current generation must ensure that while meeting our present needs,” the Patels
say. “The world's rapidly depleting resources and growing population require us to become more efficient and think of new ways to develop sustainable and renewable sources of clean water, energy, food and transportation.”
Upon university approval, the new Patel college -- which could begin accepting students as early as January 2013 -- will bring the current work of the Patel School of Global Sustainability
to a new level, allowing it to focus on improved urban systems, water and transportation.
Recently, the Patel School of Global Sustainability, which Pallavi Patel calls a “do tank, not a think tank,” became the first North American university to obtain a research and strategy partnership with the UN-HABITAT Partner University Initiative
. Together, USF and UN-HABITAT will establish the first United Nations
Urban Futures Research Hub in the U.S., promoting education and professional development in emerging cities.
“We are inspired by the Patels' vision of a world where all people have a real chance to reach their full potential in a clean, healthy environment,” says USF President Judy Genshaft
. “We are humbled that they have entrusted USF to be a partner in making the vision of a better tomorrow a reality. The Patels' trust in us means as much as the money they give.”
Right here in Tampa, the current Patel School has created a multiyear learning and research partnership with water management in the Netherlands called Resilient Tampa Bay
. An effort to prepare the region for potential urban flooding challenges brought by hurricanes and rising sea levels, the program is guiding future development in an attempt to protect areas vulnerable to severe flooding.
The latest $12 million gift from the Patels brings the family's contribution to USF to $25.8 million. Through a series of donations and matching state funds, the Patels have focused their endowments and attention on sustainable global development and healthcare through supporting the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions Endowment Fund, USF Health
, the Dr. Kiran Patel Center for Global Solutions Operating Fund and the Patel Center for Global Solutions
According to Genshaft, the Patels leadership, influence and donations have helped USF become one of the top 50 research universities in the nation.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel & Judy Genshaft, USF