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$12 million gift from James M. and Cathleen D. Stone for climate-change education initiatives
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$12 million gift from James M. and Cathleen D. Stone for climate-change education initiatives

Through their James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, Cathleen and James Stone contributed $12 million to fund the organization’s new construction projects, facility renovations, and a variety of climate-change education initiatives.

Through its programs in scientific research, environmental conservation, natural resource management, and carpentry, the charity gives students in Boston Public Schools the chance to develop their academic, life, and career skills.

Cathleen Stone practiced administrative and environmental law as a partner at the Boston law firm Foley, Hoag & Eliot. In the 1990s, she was the first chief of environmental services for Boston, and it was during her tenure that the Sustainable Boston initiative was started.

In addition to founding and overseeing the Plymouth Rock group of insurance businesses, James Stone was the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s insurance commissioner from 1975 to 1979. He also held the position of chairman of the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission.


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