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.



A UO-led team of researchers spanning physics, neuroscience, molecular biology, ecology and evolution will use a new $325,000 grant to examine aquatic symbioses — the interactions between different animal species living together. The project is funded by a 30-month award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and involves the study of zebrafish in controlled ecosystems.
Erin Moore, director of the School of Architecture & Environment, is using architecture as a form of protest against the construction of the Pacific Connector Pipeline, she recently told Metropolis, a magazine about sustainable architecture and design. The story explores Moore’s “Pipeline Portals,” three pavilions installed along proposed routes of the contested Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 229-mile gas line planned for construction across the Pacific Northwest.
A University of Oregon doctoral student is exploring how technological infrastructure located on the ocean floor, particularly submarine internet cables, has influenced people’s lives in the Pacific Northwest. Hayley Brazier is driven by two big questions: How and why have people come to depend so heavily on infrastructure scattered across the ocean floor? And how would a natural disaster affect coastal society?
Stringent social distancing measures and building cleaning efforts to protect occupants from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are in line with research conducted in the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center.
The Year of Water is a joint effort by the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University to highlight the role Oregon’s research universities play as leaders and partners trying to address water-related challenges in Oregon, the region and the world.
The UO School of Journalism and Communication’s center for advancing science communication research has launched a new name and two new interdisciplinary research programs.
With the consumption of plant-based alternatives rising among these generations challenging the dairy industry, Paul Snyder sought a cohort of students that could think creatively and critically about how to capture these changes in Tillamook’s branding.
With a background in geology, mining, and the oil and gas industry, Christina Calvin’s success underlines the fact an MBA with a focus in sustainable business is increasingly relevant to students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and areas of interest—especially the sciences.
Three professors will co-teach "Arctic Icebergs" in Spring 2020, a course that comprehensively examines climate change with aspects of environmental research, literature, and natural science.
There was a belief that health could be improved through building design, but as the world experienced an oil crisis and saw the effects of climate change, design focus shifted to energy conservation.