Here's How Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker Are Boosting Urban Sustainability

Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker this September announced a $15 million gift to UCLA in support of urban sustainability research. The money will go into endowments to finance five new chairs at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES); one of those five chairs is the $5 million Pritzker Distinguished Chair in Environment and Sustainability. UCLA also will use the money to create the annual $100,000 Pulitzker Sustainability Prize and a sustainability research symposium.

This $15 million for sustainability research extends from a previous donation Pritzker made to UCLA's School of Law. He sits on UCLA's Institute of the Environment of Sustainability board of advisors and recently gave the university's law school $400,000 to publish the Pritzker Briefs. According to UCLA's site, these briefs "provide expert analysis to engage further public dialogue on important issues impacting the environment."

Published July 2011, Pritzker Brief's first issue is entitled "Under Water: Monitoring and Regulating Groundwater in California." Written by Rhead Enion, UCLA law and policy professor, the report calls for the state of California to "establish enforceable standards and goals for monitoring, data reporting and management of groundwater basins."

As the below press kit video illustrates, groundwater quality is one of the central issues Pritzker intends to attack with this latest gift.

If a donor cares enough about an issue to fund policy research on it, this can sometimes be an indicator that he will be interested in making more substantial donations later.