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.



Ashley Shaw, postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, is featured.
With the goal of continuing conversations about diversity and environmental justice, the UO Common Reading program has chos
Rachel DiNitto, professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Diana Garvin, professor of Romance Languages, have been awarded with the 2021 University of Oregon Sustainability Award for Excellence in Teaching.
WeBikeLane.org has a full lineup of socially distanced rides, online talks and classes, bike discounts at local businesses, and prizes for all ages and riding abilities. Bike Month focuses on celebrating the benefits of biking and works to make biking accessible to everyone, regardless of age or skill level.
Members of the University of Oregon community are invited to learn more about electric vehicles, also called “EVs” at two upcoming, online workshops.
Caribbean Women Healers is a University of Oregon digital humanities project focused on contemporary diversity within Afro-Indigenous knowledge traditions and featuring elders who currently live and work in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the US Pacific Northwest.
Marcilynn Burke, dean of the University of Oregon School of Law, cautioned against unwarranted optimism about the Biden administration’s commitment to public lands protections during an April 7 lecture sponsored by the University of Colorado Law School.
The seed funding from Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives, known as I3, will provide $50,000 collectively to the research teams.
Geraldine Richmond, the UO’s Presidential Chair in Science and a much-honored professor of chemistry, has been nominated to serve in the Biden administration as undersecretary for science in the Department of Energy.