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



By the Numbers


National Ranking of two programs within UO's School of Architecture & Environment


 Consecutive years UO's sustainable MBA is in the Princeton Review's top 5 Green MBAs


U.S. News and World Report ranking of UO's Environmental Law Program at the School of Law


Researchers working on the environment


National ranking on Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools” (2019)


Years since the Environmental Studies Program began

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.

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Goats will work on the University of Oregon Willamette River Natural Area.
Maybe hiking glaciers was in the stars for UO marine biology student Jenna Travers.
Cites work of Mary Wood, University of Oregon law school professor.
This spring University of Oregon honored the work of individuals and teams across campus and in the community during the annual UO Sustainability Awards.
The Climate Justice Teach-In, a two-day event highlighting the diversity of topics that intersect with art and climate justice, will be held May 16-17 at the Erb Memorial Union.

Sessions are offered on sustainable technology, going paperless, commuting and more.

The National Guard was sleeping in the basement and wire barriers surrounded the Capitol Building when UO law professor Greg Dotson started working as the chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in early 2021.
UO Law grads Elizabeth (Eli) Brown, JD ’13, and Nate Bellinger, JD ’14, appear in several scenes.

The tour is a Northwest experience that combines art, science and ancestral knowledge.

Call for Applications (deadline May 11, 2022) - Summer 2022 Ice and Environmental Justice Undergraduate Research Awards

Social Connections


    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.