President Christopher L. Eisgruber, members of the Princeton faculty and friends gathered at the lawn behind Guyot Hall this week to celebrate Judy and Carl Ferenbach ’64 and the dedication of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI).
In 2020, the Ferenbachs made a transformative gift in the Venture Forward campaign to support Princeton’s environmental research and educational initiatives through the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the University honored the couple by renaming the institution after their philanthropic organization, the High Meadows Foundation.
“This is a new name for the partnership and generosity of the High Meadows Foundation, which you have set up to find a workable yet creative ideas to solve global environmental and social challenges,” President Eisgruber said, addressing the Ferenbachs. “From oceans to agriculture, from environmental narrative to wind energy policy to hurricane prediction, our community of scholars and students is tackling the environmental challenges of the 21st century head on. The High Meadows Foundation has supported Princeton’s environmental efforts all along the way. And now, you’re helping us in a new chapter, even looking for impact and leadership in this critical area. ”
Carl and Judy Ferenbach established the High Meadows Foundation in 2007 to amplify the local environmental efforts they have begun in Vermont, where they have maintained a farm for several decades.
“Carl Ferenbach has been among our most steadfast champions, providing resources that have enabled us to expand our activities and personnel over the past two decades, and said Gabriel Vecchi, director of the High Meadows Environmental Institute and professor of geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute.
Carl Ferenbach is the co-founder and former managing director of Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based private equity investment partnership. In addition to his role with the High Meadows Foundation and its affiliates, he also serves on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Wilderness Society and Climate Central, and the Princeton-based group of scientists and journalists who transmit environmental research to policymakers and the public.
“We believe that the future is going to be dependent on leaders who are trained across the Institute’s disciplines; effectively, “Ferenbach said. “This Institute and the students it empowers and trains are uniquely positioned to take up those leadership roles.”
In addition to the new name, which went into effect in 2020, .
The Venture Forward campaign supports the University’s strategic framework, and its fundraising and engagement initiatives are aligned with the key focus areas of the college: Princeton’s commitment to the liberal arts.