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.



Washington Monthly: Adell Amos, professor of law and executive director of the Environment Initiative at the University of Oregon, is article author. 
ABC News: Dr. Michael Coughlan, an environmental anthropologist at the University of Oregon who studies wildfires and fire management, is quoted. 
2023 supporters touched many parts of campus, with programs like the Environment Initiative and scholarships and student success receiving more than 100 gifts apiece, and many schools and colleges unlocking all of their challenge gifts. 
The Sopris Sun: Newcomb majored in rhetoric and communication at the University of Oregon. 
ABA Journal: Mary Wood, professor of law at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary. 
Bloomberg: Benjamin Clark, associate professor in the University of Oregon School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, provides expert commentary. 
The University of Oregon's Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice (JFI) is one of five partners in Restore Oregon's new initiative, which focuses on researching, celebrating, and educating Oregonians about Black history and preservation in Oregon. 
The Nature Conservancy: Cites study by the University of Oregon and other partners.
Jordan Rodriguez, a graduate student in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at  the University of Oregon, co-authored study that uncovers biases in biodiversity data.
Dezeen: Adrian Parr, dean of the College of Design at the University of Oregon, has an exhibition.