The UO’s Environment Initiative, after three foundational and pathbreaking years of work, is transitioning to a new, sustainable model. This new endeavor, known as UO Environment, will leverage institutional expertise in education, research, and impact on the major environmental issues facing our world.

Through UO Environment, the College of Arts and Sciences will work with other colleges and schools to carry forward curricular and other work begun under the initiative to grow educational and research opportunities at UO. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is working with faculty leaders to explore the creation of a new center on climate change solutions policy, as well as a number of other areas of research. This web site will serve as a communications hub for news and events across the entire campus.



The College of Arts and Sciences will continue the transdisciplinary curricular work begun under the initiative in conjunction with other colleges and schools.


The exploration of a new center under OVPRI is underway, intended to work with communities on climate solutions, policies, and research.


Learn about the work UO faculty are conducting that is making an impact in the world.


See the noteworthy environment-related updates and events happening on campus and in the community.


Join SCR Associate Dr. Catalina De Onís this month when she will lecture on her SCR Small Grant Program funded bilingual children's book “¡Juntes por la justicia climática! Together for Climate Justice!". During her book talk and signing she will describe the role of her student coauthors and the importance of teaching climate justice to new generations.
Join the SAB Arts & Culture team as we welcome Steph Littlebird for her free dinner presentation BE Passionate in the EMU Ballroom on November 21st. Doors & Dinner: 5:00pm Presentation: 6pm-7:00pm followed by Q&A 7-7:30pm
Meet community fire organizations and local artisans, shoot free throws, and support wildfire resilience and Indigenous land management! Open to students, faculty, staff, community members, and more.

Faculty Excellence

See the work that University of Oregon faculty are producing to make an impact on the world »

A researcher working with students in virtual reality

Pimentel's work in virtual reality seeks to make a global problem like climate change into something you can experience on a personal level.

greg dotson

Dotson will work towards situating the Environment Initiative in the community of researchers, policy advocates and policymakers who are focused on climate mitigation in the energy sector.

marsha weisiger

Weisiger will advance several projects focused on environmental history that analyze and interpret the ways humans and nonhuman nature have shaped each other over time.



The Center for Environmental Futures at the University of Oregon is sponsoring this year's Eugene Environmental Film Festival, in partnership with the Emerald Earth Film Festival. The festivities run April 15-24, with both virtual and live screenings.

Developed at the UO, it uses technology to help users measure their time spent in nature

The first year of the internships was 2021. Interns Wesley LaPointe, a student at the University of Oregon, and Eddy Binford-Ross, a South Salem High graduate and future Georgetown University student, produced work that spanned an array of topics.
For some people, the ridges above the McKenzie River Valley that burned in the Holiday Farm fire of 2020 might appear to be just a blackened wasteland. But Lauren Ponisio, an assistant biology professor, sees potential: With the sowing of native plant seeds, she said, the land could become a paradise for the western bumblebee, whose numbers have crashed over the last quarter century.
The story features Laura Buckmaster, social media manager, Trout Unlimited. Buckmaster studied environmental issues and psychology at the University of Oregon.

School of Law Dean Burke is featured in this article.


University of Oregon Earth Sciences Professor Douglas Toomey is a key leader of the partnership behind the ALERTWildfire camera network system, which is being rolled out across Oregon, Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho. Toomey directs the Oregon Hazards Lab (OHAZ) at the University of Oregon.
An environmental science class is using the UO’s sustainability dashboard to overcome a common problem with such topics: making a big, global issue like climate change relevant at the local level. 
The story features research Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon and director of the Institute for Health in the Built Environment.
Oregon Law Cres Alum Cheyenne Holliday was recently interviewed and featured