Making an environmental impact
“The climate appears to be a critical factor in sustaining peace and well-being across human societies.”
Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Clearly, he hadn’t met George Miller M.B.A. ’61 and Janet McKinley (pictured), a couple dedicated to supporting local and global environmental and natural-resource issues.
McKinley has funded the Oxfam Chair in Environmental and Resource Economics, which supports scholarship that will help developing countries cope with the impact of climate change on their agricultural productivity. The chair’s name reflects her leadership roles with Oxfam America and Oxfam International.
In addition, Miller and McKinley jointly funded the Thomas J. Graff Chair in the College of Natural Resources in honor of Graff, who was a pioneer in protecting and restoring California’s rivers and wetlands. Conserving water — one of our state’s most precious resources — is an increasingly critical issue as the population grows and resources dwindle.
“As an active participant in California water issues for over 30 years, I was lucky to have Tom Graff as my mentor, hero, and friend,” says Miller. “We wanted to fund a chair devoted to water policy and economics so that his legacy and work would live on.”
Both chairs, matched by Berkeley’s groundbreaking Hewlett Challenge, address critical environmental issues at a time when the global impact of climate change is accelerating.