Our vision

The research and creative capacity of WashU and the strength of interdisciplinary partnerships are mobilized to advance knowledge that addresses complex environmental challenges.

Venn diagram with 4 circles. Each represents a different research theme such as Planetary Health, Environmental Health, Biodiversity, and Environmental Solutions. A two circle venn diagram to the right combines Interdisciplinary Education with Community Partnerships. Surrounding the whole graphic is a circle representing the research theme of Earth systems and climate change which encompasses all areas of study. A label for "Research" is also featured between the venn diagrams.

Our mission

The Center for the Environment is an interdisciplinary hub of environmental research that

  • accelerates research across environmental solutions, biodiversity, environmental justice, and planetary health with earth systems and climate change as a cross-cutting driver.
  • fosters a diverse community of faculty, staff, researchers and students with shared interests in environment and sustainability.
  • amplifies transformative partnerships throughout Washington University and beyond.
  • supports interdisciplinary and emerging educational initiatives and postdoctoral research.

Progress & milestones


Center scholars


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Journal articles published in 2023

History and people

The launch of the Center for the Environment, and the success it represents for Here and Next, is possible thanks to the community process that began in 2021 with the robust collaboration of the Working Group, Action Team, Implementation Team, and Internal Advisory Committee. The members of these groups contributed to the inception, planning, and launch of the Center. Special recognition is given to Daniel Giammar, Lora Iannotti, TR Kidder, Lulu Li, Jonathan Losos, Beth Martin, Kim Parker, Rodrigo Reis, and Barbara Schaal for their impactful contributions.

Equity, diversity & inclusion

As a center, we commit to seeing, listening, integrating, and learning from the diverse members of our university community and from our partners. We will be intentional in our push for equity-centered research and creative practice that addresses major societal environmental challenges.