Climate change presents unprecedented need for new knowledge, new training, and new ways of quickly moving expertise and workforce to the problem. Higher education and university-led research is critical to responding to demands of climate change, but the shift needs to happen faster, at a larger scale, and to be different than what we are already doing.
The Environment Initiative (EI) provides transformative research, education, and leadership to address the urgent challenges and opportunities of a changing climate. Rooted in the EI Guiding Principles, the EI launches and sustains areas of expertise and inquiry that are relevant for the state and ecoregion, that are nationally significant in creating new problem-solving pathways, and that are globally recognized.
Giving to the Environment Initiative Fund will:
- facilitate current experiential learning opportunities and allow for development of additional experiential learning opportunities where students learn by doing
- provide support for the many environment-related programs, centers, and institutes on campus
- fund transdisciplinary research projects that have enormous potential to deliver relevant research to inform policy decision makers and the communities we serve.