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



EI Year in Review

Environment Initiative Annual Review

Read about the successes and solutions developed by experts, faculty members, fellows, and leaders within the initiative.

Read the Review

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.

Contact Media Relations



Event poster
The screening and discussion with Tom Minckley, leader of the film's featured expedition, will be held at 7:30pm in Lillis 182. 
Event flyer

Dr. Sarah Wald, associate professor of environmental studies and English at the University of Oregon, will give her talk as part of the Center for Environmental Futures' Interdisciplinarity 101 series.

Event flyer
In this virtual public conversation, Dr. Yesenia Navarrete Hunter, Karin Bolender, and Holly Moulton will share about their work supporting just futures for Indigenous, immigrant, and rural populations. 
Abstract representation of science communication with illustrations depicting mechanisms for communication (like media).
The Center for Science Communication Research (SCR) in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon will hold its annual Research Forum in the Crater Lake Rooms of the Erb Memorial Union on February 24th, 2023. 
Logo for PIELC 2023, the theme of which is "Reconnecting and Transitioning Together"
With an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, dozens of panelists addressing diverse topics, a film festival, and a focus on environmental justice, the 41st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) won't be one to miss!
A plant grows inside a lightbulb adorned with a graduation cap
WOHESC is a platform for inspiring change, facilitating action, and promoting collaboration around sustainability within the Cascadia region's higher education institutions.
A group of people sit in a circle for a discussion
The Climate Wisdom Lab, led by Emergent Resilience facilitators Kevin Gallagher and Sarah Ray, will connect participants from UO, Washington State, and Colorado-Boulder to explore feelings and responses to ego-grief and eco-anxiety. 
Britt Wray
Head to the Redwood Auditorium in the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) to hear climate researcher Britt Wray's compelling talk about the emotional and existential effects of living in a warming world—and how we can get through them together. 
GBI Symposium Event Flyer
Join Oregon Law's Green Business Initiative (GBI) for its annual symposium in April. The event will feature expert discussions on key provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act. 
Save the Date and plan on heading to Portland in April 2023 for the Urbanism Next Conference.



The new university report highlights some of the key ways the University of Oregon is innovatively tackling societal challenges. 
Tucked into a corner of north campus lies a sophisticated system for heating and cooling the main campus: a new, energy-saving water tank. 
The Oregonian: Josephine Woolington earned a journalism degree from the University of Oregon. 
The Washington Post: Steffen Jahn, instructor of marketing at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary.
Researchers at the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practices in the University of Oregon's College of Education will help educators and school administrators tackle complex decisions on the best ways to support their students. 
Bend Source Weekly: Paul Kempler, research assistant professor of chemistry and associate director of the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Oregon, provides expert commentary. 
The Nugget Newspaper: The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program is mentioned.  
The Nugget Newspaper: The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program is mentioned.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) honored the University of Oregon's Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice with its 2022 award for Racial Equity & Sustainability Collaborations. 
State of the Planet: Cites research by Mark Carey, professor of environmental studies at the University of Oregon. 


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.