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



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Environment Initiative Annual Review

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The University of Oregon's Environment Initiative is excited to host a half-day webinar where attendees can hear from experts about potential opportunities for Oregon presented by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). 
The University of Oregon's Center for Environmental Futures brings Dr. Leigh Johnson, assistant professor of geography, and PhD candidate Troy Brundidge, to present their talk in Columbia 249 and via Zoom.
The illioo Native Theatre presents a staged reading of Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots by Monique Mojica (Kunu Rappahannock) at the Hope Theatre in the University of Oregon Miller Theatre Complex; there will also be a post-performance discussion with the readers. 
Environment Experts in the media

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Stacy Alaimo, professor of English and environmental studies at the University of Oregon, is a leader in "blue humanities," combining the critical study of the human world with marine science and ocean ecologies. 
Fortune: Nico Larco, director of the Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon, is quoted as a transportation expert. 
Lauren Ponisio, assistant professor of biology at the University of Oregon, was selected as an ESA Early Career Fellow early this month. 
Green Car Congress: Grace Lindquist and Lihaokun Chen, graduate employees, and Shannon Boettcher, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon, are study coauthors. 
Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden helped secure federal funding to launch the new Center for Wildfire Smoke Research and Practice at the University of Oregon. 
Study International: The University of Oregon's Department of Architecture is featured as a leader in environmental design and sustainability with a special focus on spatial and climate justice. 
The University of Oregon is co-hosting the Student Global Climate Change Simulation, a role-playing exercise sponsored by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities in which students form transnational,  interdisciplinary teams and engage in mock-UN climate negotiations. 
Wildfire Today: The new Wildfire Smoke Research and Practice Center will be a hub for applicable research on ways to prevent wildfire hazards while building resilience to them. 
The new Institute for Resilient Organizations, Communities, and Environments is a multidisciplinary effort that will build upon the work of  University of Oregon's longstanding Institute for a Sustainable Environment.  
KGW-TV: The Wildfire Smoke Research and Practice Center at the University of Oregon is launching thanks to an $800,000 federal grant. 


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.