Institute of the Environment

The University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment aims to identify and advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges in Arizona and around the world.

The Institute of the Environment, launched in 2008, is comprised of a team of scientists, staff, and students who specialize in climate adaptation, renewable energy, environmental stewardship, and environmental arts and humanities.

The IE is committed to interdisciplinary research, diversity, scholarship, and community, values that are clearly reflected in its work. It is designed to support the expanded regional, national, and global use of abundant, clean, and economical renewable energy by connecting community and industry to the UA’s research and educational programs. By embracing the unique challenges of our location in the southwestern United States, where it is particularly hot, dry, and resource-limited, the Institute of the Environment is able to make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future.

The mission of the Institute of the Environment is to advance innovative solutions to environmental challenges in Arizona and around the planet. We embrace the significance of our location in the desert Southwest and harness the collaborative expertise at the University of Arizona and among its partners to help societies, especially those in dry regions, make the best-informed decisions for a sustainable future. We invest in creative scholarship and cutting-edge research, promote the environmental enterprise of the University, and train students and faculty alike to convey their insights to the world.