At Oregon, we know that we are in the midst of unprecedented and transformative environmental change. All of us, and especially our students, are facing dramatic ecological shifts to all our natural systems because of climate change and other forces. This change highlights social justice dynamics and environmental inequities that shape our world. As a result, we see societal paradigm shifts in systems that govern our economy, the built environment, democracy, and fundamental relationships among people. This work requires the amplification of voices that have often gone unheard.

We face these challenges by generating new approaches, finding proactive problem-solving pathways, engaging in collaboration with multiple constituencies and social groups, participating in diverse ideas and forms of knowledge, and exerting the full measure of our creative energy.

About the Environment Initiative



By the Numbers


National Ranking of two programs within UO's School of Architecture & Environment


 Consecutive years UO's sustainable MBA is in the Princeton Review's top 5 Green MBAs


U.S. News and World Report ranking of UO's Environmental Law Program at the School of Law


Researchers working on the environment


National ranking on Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools” (2019)


Years since the Environmental Studies Program began

Environment Experts in the media

For those media outlets looking to get a quote or hear from one of UO's environment experts, reach out to our media team.

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Call for Applications (due May 20, 2022) - Course Development Grant for a New Course Related to Ice and Environmental Justice in the Pacific Northwest.
Earth Day, which marks the birth of the modern environmental movement on April 22 every year, brings into sharper focus the work of the initiative.
Students are required to apply to the Emerging Leadership Project training and complete the supplemental application for the Environmental Justice Fellows. Applications for the 2022–2023 cohort are due by May 1, 2022.
Zaretsky, associate professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, is featured.
Daniel Gavin, professor of geography at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary.
Nico Larco, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary.

Matt DePaolis has a master’s in biology and a juris doctorate with certificates in environmental and ocean and coastal law from the University of Oregon.


John Arroyo is an assistant professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon.
Haley Case-Scott is a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Grant will fund collaborative research between Oakridge Air, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

Social Connections


    Territorial Acknowledgement

    The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the U.S. government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.
    In following the Indigenous protocol of acknowledging the original people of the land we occupy, we also extend our respect to the nine federally recognized Indigenous nations of Oregon: the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We express our respect to the many more tribes who have ancestral connections to this territory, as well as to all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home.