Environment

The Environment

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At the 鶹ý, green is more than just a color that’s worn by our Ducks. Green pays tribute to the flourishing landscape that surrounds us. Green vitalizes our campus community, connects us to the greater world, and gives purpose to our shared sense of discovery.

Addressing climate change is a big part of the UO mission—building off of a long legacy of protecting our environment. UO researchers are also creating more healthful and naturalistic designed environments, bringing Indigenous ecological knowledge into dialogue with leading-edge environmental science, and directly partnering with a new city in Oregon every year to help advance sustainability goals. We’re continuously exploring new approaches for environmentally informed entrepreneurship, law and policy, communications, applied science, and education.

We live, work, and learn in the Pacific Northwest—one of the most beautiful places on earth—and that informs everything we do. We are committed to our community. We believe that higher education plays a direct role in creating a more just and livable future for all.


Stories of Impact


Professor Danny Pimentel immerses young people in the future of the environment

students in a lab looking at a computer


The UO's focus on building better batteries, green energy, and other sustainable solutions to help the environment


The innovation of a process that reduces emissions at the earliest point in the process


A new portable tool that uses lasers to measure the composition of glacial ice, data that can help determine how fast that ice is melting


Featured Faculty

mary wood

Mary Wood

Philip H. Knight Professor, Law

Shannon Boettcher, Professor Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, ONAMI Signature Researcher

Shannon Boettcher

Professor, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Greg Dotson, Associate Professor of Law

Greg Dotson

Associate Professor, Law

Lauren Hallett, Associate Professor of Biology

Lauren Hallett

Associate Professor, Biology

Stephanie LeMenager, Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor, English, Environmental Studies

Stephanie LeMenager

Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor, English, Environmental Studies

Erin Moore, Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies

Erin Moore

Professor, Architecture, Environmental Studies

Danny Pimentel, Assistant Professor of Immersive Psychology

Danny Pimentel

Assistant Professor, Immersive Psychology

Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Director of the PNW Just Futures Institute for Climate and Racial Justice

Alaí Reyes-Santos

Professor of Practice, Latinx, Law, Law-CRES

hollie smith

Hollie Smith

Associate Professor, Science and Environmental Communication

yekang ko

Yekang Ko

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

judith sheine

Judith Sheine

Professor, Architecture

Doug Toomey, Professor of Geophysics

Doug Toomey

Professor, Geophysics

lucas silva

Lucas Silva

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Biology

jon bellona

Jon Bellona

Senior Instructor I, School of Music and Dance

katie lynch

Katie Lynch

Co-Director, Environmental Leadership Program

Ellen Peters

Ellen Peters

Director, Center for Science Communication Research (SCR)

Laura Pulido

Laura Pulido

Professor of Geography, IRES, Latinx Studies

Josh Roering

Josh Roering

Professor of Earth Sciences; Environmental Studies

Marc Schlossberg

Marc Schlossberg

Professor, City & Regional Planning; Co-Director Sustainable Cities Institute

sarah stapleton

Sarah Stapleton

Assistant Professor of Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education


Featured Faculty

mary wood

Mary Wood

Philip H. Knight Professor, Law

Shannon Boettcher, Professor Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, ONAMI Signature Researcher

Shannon Boettcher

Professor, Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Greg Dotson, Associate Professor of Law

Greg Dotson

Associate Professor, Law

Lauren Hallett, Associate Professor of Biology

Lauren Hallett

Associate Professor, Biology

Stephanie LeMenager, Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor, English, Environmental Studies

Stephanie LeMenager

Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor, English, Environmental Studies

Erin Moore, Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies

Erin Moore

Professor, Architecture, Environmental Studies

Danny Pimentel, Assistant Professor of Immersive Psychology

Danny Pimentel

Assistant Professor, Immersive Psychology

Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Director of the PNW Just Futures Institute for Climate and Racial Justice

Alaí Reyes-Santos

Professor of Practice, Latinx, Law, Law-CRES

hollie smith

Hollie Smith

Associate Professor, Science and Environmental Communication

yekang ko

Yekang Ko

Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

judith sheine

Judith Sheine

Professor, Architecture

Doug Toomey, Professor of Geophysics

Doug Toomey

Professor, Geophysics

lucas silva

Lucas Silva

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies, Biology

jon bellona

Jon Bellona

Senior Instructor I, School of Music and Dance

katie lynch

Katie Lynch

Co-Director, Environmental Leadership Program

Ellen Peters

Ellen Peters

Director, Center for Science Communication Research (SCR)

Laura Pulido

Laura Pulido

Professor of Geography, IRES, Latinx Studies

Josh Roering

Josh Roering

Professor of Earth Sciences; Environmental Studies

Marc Schlossberg

Marc Schlossberg

Professor, City & Regional Planning; Co-Director Sustainable Cities Institute

sarah stapleton

Sarah Stapleton

Assistant Professor of Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education

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