Columbia Law School announced this week the receipt of a $3.5 million gift from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation to support and expand its Center for Climate Change Law. The center, which will now be known as the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, was established five years ago with the help of funding from the Sabin foundation.
Mr. Sabin, an environmentalist, philanthropist, and longtime resident of Springs and Amagansett, is the president and sole owner of Sabin Metal Corp., a global precious-metals refinery company. The founder of the South Fork Natural History Museum, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this summer, he has a species of frog, discovered in New Guinea, named for him: Aphantophryne sabini.
The Sabin Foundation is headquartered in East Hampton. Mr. Sabin’s gift, Columbia said, will expand the climate center’s groundbreaking work on climate change law, allow it to hire a full-time executive director, and, among other things, support the annual Sabin Colloquium on Innovative Environmental Law Scholarship.