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Environment Initiative Winter Update | Office of the Provost

December 15, 2021

Dear University of Oregon Colleagues

Adell Amos, and I send you this email to update you on the progress of the Environment Initiative. We will continue to keep you informed and we welcome your participation.

The EI aims at focusing the intellectual energy of faculty, students and community partners on working towards a just, livable future through transdisciplinary research and teaching. This is part of theUOs academic initiativesIt takes dedication to work across disciplines and to translate discovery into society benefit.

Spring EI Faculty Fellow and Call For Applications

Congratulations to Sarah Stapleton, who was elected second faculty fellow in AY 21-22. Read theRead the full story.

The Environment Initiative Faculty Fellows program is designed to encourage transdisciplinary research and advance the initiative’s strategic priorities. The Office of the Provost provides a competitive award. EI Faculty Fellows receive a course purchaseout to help them complete a project for the Environment Initiative. Check out the announcement and consider applyingOnline.


The EIHome pageA Social Connections feed is now available. Use the hashtag#UOenvironmentAll environment news, events, announcements.

Research Justice Principles Workshop

The Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice will be open on January 27th.JFI) and the UOs Environment Initiative (EI) will host a workshop for faculty interested in conducting applied research on race and climate justice. John Arroyo, JFI Director and UOs Environment Initiatives’ inaugural faculty fellow, will lead the workshop. This workshop will give attendees two opportunities for them to apply our Research and Data Justice Principles, (RDJPs), in action.

The workshop’s first section will focus on defining several RDJPs using one of the key projects from each of our JFI themes (Academic Incentives and Economic Dignity, Ice and Society and Indigenous Lifeways, Inclusive Cities and AfroIndigenous Healing. Stories of Fire and the Next West). The workshop’s second half will be interactive and participants can join two rounds of small, facilitated group discussions based on the RDJP that they are addressing in their applied research.

All researchers are invited and encouraged to participate in the January 27th, 10 – Noon. Please RSVP below.

RJ Principles Workshop RSVP

Upcoming EI Node Workshops

The urgency created by the effects ofClimateChangeThe need forenvironmentalJusticeEight areas of focus emerged from the AY20-21 campus involvement process and are woven throughout. Read the full reportHere.

This fall, the EI convened four node workshops Energy and Decarbonization,Water Futures and Community Restoration,Environmental Hazards and Landscape Resilience,Ecology, Systems, and the Designed Environmentresulting in robust and fruitful discussions which are ongoing.

Adelland I invites interested parties to the following node workshops this winter.

For more information, please rsvp at this link and keep an eye on your email.

  • February 14,2-4 pmSocial Change through Environmental Education and Communication
  • February 18,1-3 pm,Natural Climate Solutions, Restoration, and Biodiversity
  • February 25,,2-4 pm,Indigenous Ecological Knowledge and Sovereignty
  • April 1,1-3 pmEnvironment Entrepreneurship and Circular Economies

Workshops on EI Node

RFP Coming Soon

In a joint effort between theOffice of the Vice President for ResearchandInnovationand EI, a Request for Proposals will be coming to your inbox soon.The RFP will call for research and curriculum proposals that align with the EI Guiding Principles and further the strategic goals of the initiative.

Thank you for all your hard work on the grand challenges facing us.


Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior vice president

Executive Director, Environment InitiativeClayton R. Hess Professor in Law

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