On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will be honored during the 23rd Annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala to be held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The sovereign prince is being recognized for his dedication to ocean conservation and sustainability.
In 1992, Prince Albert II accompanied by his late father, His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III, attended the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeriro. Whilst there, the sovereign prince addressed global environmental problems and provided solutions to the issue. In 2006, the Prince Albert II led an Arctic expedition, becoming the first incumbent head of state to have reached the North Pole. That same year, he launched the Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco (FPA) to limit the effects of climate change, promote renewable energy, preserve biodiversity and improve universal access to clean water. Since it was founded, the FPA has awarded over $1 billion in philanthropy to a number of worthy environmental organizations.
Today, Prince Albert II guides sustainable policies implemented by his government for the principality to be carbon neutral by 2050. The sovereign prince has been honored by organizations around the world for his contributions and actions in favor of protecting the environment. A five-time Olympian in bobsleigh, the sovereign prince is also a current member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the chair of the IOC Sustainable and Legacy Commission.
Established in 2000, the Stars of Stony Brook Gala has raised more than $64 million for scholarships and programs of academic and clinical excellence. Proceeds from the April 13 gala will be dedicated entirely to student scholarships. This year’s gala honorees are stars in the arenas of fighting climate change and computer science and electrical engineering.