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.



Cover story in 2021 Year in Review, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center
During its inaugural year, 30 UO students working with small businesses and nonprofits helped support economic recovery and social justice; learn more about summer 2022.
The board also commissioned the University of Oregon’s Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) to produce a report on the impacts of both wildfires and COVID-19, which was released last month.
Christina Rosan, a professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, will explore “Reimagining Cities to be Sustainable, Healthy, Resilient, Green, and Equitable” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom as the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2021-22 Kritikos Professor.
Haley Case-Scott, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, was born in the Klamath Basin and moved to Eugene in 2014 to attend the University of Oregon where she received her degree in political science with a minor in Native American studies.
As part of the Just Future Initiative at the University of Oregon, the Student Sustainability Center is excited to launch the Environmental Justice Fellows cohort, in collaboration with the Holden Center’s new Emerging Leadership Project.
A UO professor will join researchers from around the globe in an effort to better understand the ice loss happening across Greenland as well as the social issues Greenlanders are facing as a result.
Amid a global effort to transition to more climate-friendly biofuel options, a UO chemistry professor is helping develop ca
Hamutahl Cohen, a researcher of the at the University of Oregon's Institute of Ecology and Evolution and one of the authors