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.

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Student Advocacy and Action for Environmental Justice (SAAEJ, pronounced "sage") and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) present an environmental justice panel focused on the intersection of water law, policy, and science.
Elizabeth Kronk Warner (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) will visit Oregon Law to deliver the 17th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture on Tuesday, October 24th, 2023. Kronk Warner is the Jefferson B. & Rita Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J.
Sackett v. Environmental Protection Association
Environment Experts in the media

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Jon Bellona, UO senior instructor at the School of Music and Dance, and a national team make science more accessible by making data audible.
In April of this year, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced that the University of Oregon received $800,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to launch its Center for Wildfire Smoke Research and Practice.
Josh Spector got the message about climate change early on. At age six, he was already passionate about the need to meet humanity's existential challenge. In college, he majored in geographic data analysis at the University of Oregon and interned at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Upon graduating in 2020, he joined Planet Labs, a maker of tiny Earth-imaging satellites.
The UO’s Environment Initiative has awarded seed funding to five new teaching projects to support faculty members who have proposed innovative courses and dynamic classroom experiences.
The University of Oregon (UO) is partnering with Indigenous and rural communities on a groundbreaking study to develop potential solutions for reducing atmospheric carbon.
The Energy Department announced Friday it is awarding up to $1.2 billion to two projects to directly remove carbon dioxide from the air in what officials are calling the largest investment in “engineered carbon removal” in history. 
CNN article; commentary from Mary Wood, environmental law professor at the University of Oregon School of Law.
The UO program last partnered with the capital city more than a decade ago.

Lucas Silva, professor of environmental studies and biology, and his research team, awarded new NSF grant which will help tackle big challenges using biology, environmental data and local input

This year, the University of Oregon has again selected Salem as its partner for the program, which allows students to apply their studies of architecture, planning, public administration, journalism and geography to real city projects.


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.

MOU between UO and Oregon Tribes