Institute of the Environment

The Institute of the Environment advances solutions to the biggest environmental challenges of the 21st century

At the Institute of the Environment, we care deeply about the world we live in, from our own backyard in the Sonoran Desert to the farthest reaches of the globe. Our interdisciplinary team specializes in climate adaptation, stewardship of the American West, and environmental arts and humanities. Through our collaborative expertise, we are tackling some of our country’s most critical environmental issues, including drought, wildfire, urban sprawl, and natural and cultural resource management.

Your support can help societies, especially those in dry regions, make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future. Gifts to the Institute of the Environment help make our interdisciplinary research, events, outreach, and teaching possible. This includes lecture circuits, talks, and journal publications, as well as creative arts that seek to inspire action and reimagine solutions to environmental issues.

 “Through our work, we aim to ensure a bright future for our planet, its people, and its wildlife and natural resources. Philanthropic support makes this important work possible.”

– Interim Director Raina Maier

Designed to look and feel like a slot canyon, the Environmental & Natural Resources 2 building fosters interdisciplinary research in earth and environmental sciences, natural resources, and math, and is the home of the Institute of the Environment. This building exemplifies the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability, incorporating energy efficient heating and cooling systems, rainwater harvesting, and other innovative architectural solutions in a desert landscape. 

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General Support

Support the Institute of the Environment in their quest to solve the world's most pressing environmental challenges to ensure a bright future for our planet, its people, and its wildlife and natural resources

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Carson Scholars Program

Become a part of a community of individuals and businesses whose financial support is critical to the continued excellence of UA environmental programs, research, and scholarship. Contributions to the Rachel Carson Circle support the Carson Scholars and the Carson Scholars Program, furthering interdisciplinary scholarship across the many environmental areas at the UA.

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