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Life as an ENVS student is about more than just studying the environment: It’s about making a difference in the community and the larger world. That’s why the Environmental Studies program has created partnerships within UO and the broader community, to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills, and resources in real-world contexts. Check out our collaborative opportunities below, or along the menu to the right.

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

Through ELP, student teams are matched with non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and businesses to address local environmental needs. Here, they gain leadership, communication and professional skills by engaging directly in applied problem-resolution while providing valuable assistance to our community partners.

Environmental Science Institute

Founded in 2012, the Environmental Science Institute is an interdisciplinary research organization that includes faculty and graduate students from environmental studies, biology, geology, geography, anthropology, and other disciplines. The Institute promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in the environmental sciences and provides shared research facilities for those studying human-environment interactions from contemporary to geologic time frames.

Food Studies Program

The UO Food Studies Program developed out of a growing recognition that an integrated perspective on food matters is vital to developing fuller understandings of complex food-related issues. Food Studies brings the power of an interdisciplinary approach to widely varied food themes and topics, providing new insights into the ways in which food mediates social, political, environmental, cultural and economic processes. Now offering a Graduate Specialization in Food Studies for any discipline, and a Minor in Food Studies for undergraduate students, it is one of UO’s newest up-and-coming programs.

Tribal Climate Change Project

The Tribal Climate Change Project is a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. The project focuses on understanding needs and opportunities for tribes in addressing climate change, examining the government-to-government relationship in a climate context and exploring the role of traditional knowledge in climate change studies, assessments and plans.

Environmental Humanities

The UO Environmental Studies Program is a national leader for integrated environmental humanities, making ours the the only AAU institution to offer a fully interdisciplinary doctoral degree in this field. Research areas with outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration include bioethics, climate change, environmental justice, ecocritical theory and philosophy, food studies, health, Native American and international indigenous studies, new media, urban environmental studies, and social movements.