As the interdisciplinary hub for environmental research at Washington University in St. Louis, the Center for the Environment provides programming to support development of new teams and research projects within the themes of the center. Center programming supports general networking and new connections as well as targeted support of teams taking on complex and meaningful projects.

Featured Program

Environmental Research Collaboration Series

The Environmental Research Collaboration Series is a monthly interdisciplinary lunch gathering for WashU faculty and staff.

This series builds community among researchers and allows for learning from colleagues while also: highlighting specific projects, sharing tools, and generating ideas for future collaboration. Join us at an upcoming event to start getting involved.

Research Support Services

The Center for the Environment supports researchers at the university in various ways: 

  • Organizing and facilitating proposal team meetings 
  • Help with project management of proposal development  
  • Identification and introduction to potential collaborators and partners 
  • Support with some graphics 
  • Letter of support and letter of collaboration 
  • Reviews of proposal drafts by Center staff and Center Scholars 

Summer Undergraduate Research

At WashU, undergraduate students have the opportunity to spend the summer conducting research alongside principal investigators, graduate students, and peers – working to address societal and environmental challenges in an interdisciplinary cohort.


The Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change (ESCC) Internship Program is a multi-stakeholder program that places students in research and project teams, while simultaneously providing professional development and enrichment training.

Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability facilitates, convenes and partners with university leaders and community partners to work toward a more sustainable campus and world.

Academic Programs and Courses

Washington University in St. Louis provides numerous opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to study environmental topics and issues. These programs and courses span all eight of our degree conferring schools.

Attend an event

The Center for the Environment hosts events, series, and programming of all shapes and sizes. All center sponsored events will be featured on our events page.

Additionally, the Center’s events page promotes events hosted by our partners and peers across campus. Come here to find all environmental events at WashU.

Don’t see your event on our events page? Reach out to submit your event to our team.

Ecology Now!

The Program in Public Scholarship is partnering with the Center for the Environment, the Center for the Humanities, the Kathryn M. Buder Center, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and Science in the Public Square to present a series of public events that will frame our relationship with the environment from new, unexpected perspectives.

Distinguished Speakers

Partnering across campus, the Center for the Environment is committed to bringing interdisciplinary scholars who sit at the intersections of our research themes to share their research and expertise.