Ecolab Foundation gives $5 million to University of Minnesota for green research

December 6, 2018 GMT

The University of Minnesota will receive $5 million from the Ecolab Foundation to support environmental sustainability research and education.

The gift, announced Thursday, is the largest from the Ecolab Foundation to the U and will establish an endowed chair for its Institute on the Environment.

The money also will fund more than $1 million in scholarships in science, engineering, environmental and sustainability-focused majors and minors, as well as immersive student experiences.

Another portion of the gift will be used to create a conference series aimed at driving progress on major environmental challenges.

Our gift is designed to support sustainability-thought leadership for years to come, said Doug Baker, Ecolabs CEO.

The investment, Baker said, will encourage the U and the business community to work together on ideas about environmental sustainability.


These are huge-scale problems, Baker said. To solve big-scale problems, you need big-scale operations but you also need the right ideas. The right ideas come from collaboration.

U President Eric Kaler said the private-public partnership with the Ecolab Foundation will accelerate research into practices that ensure safe water, clean, renewable energy, healthy landscapes and sustainable food.

The contribution will go toward the U campaign named Driven, a fundraising effort that has raised more than $3 billion toward its $4 billion goal.

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