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

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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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Nature Journal: Researchers with the Soil Plant Atmosphere Research Lab at the University of Oregon collaborated to produce the report on radiocarbon levels in ancient soils near Oregon's "Painted Hills." 
Thanks to generous support from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, funding is available for faculty looking to develop a new environmental justice course—particularly one connected to the PNW and to snow, ice, glaciers, or glacier-fed waterways. Apply by June 2nd, 2023. 
KQEN-AM: Marc Schlossberg, professor of planning, public policy and management at the University of Oregon, will present. 
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office: Kathleen "Kitty" Craig has a master of arts degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. 
Interested in sharing a poster or oral presentation at "Celebrating Environmental Knowledges," the 2023 Environmental Joint Campus Conference? Submissions are due May 1, 2023. 
The 2023 Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, part of the UOxEJ event series, will feature Jen Rose Smith, assistant professor of geography and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
The University of Oregon is making significant strides toward becoming a designated Hispanic-serving institution with the release of a comprehensive report and the recent appointment of a special adviser to lead the initiative. 
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication: Danny Pimentel, assistant professor of immersive media psychology in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, was chosen for a Public Voices Fellowship. 
The Washington Post: Victoria Whalen, Sustainable Land Use Project fellow with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center and student at the University of Oregon School of Law, is quoted. 
Teen Vogue: Victoria Whalen, a second-year law student and research fellow with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon, is quoted. 


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