The Center for the Environment is organized around four interconnected research themes and one foundational, cross-cutting theme. The most complex environmental challenges and the most exciting research needs are at the intersections of these themes.   

Research themes

Addressing societal challenges

We are committed to generating transformative solutions to our deepest societal challenges including: climate change, air pollution, access to clean water, food insecurity, biodiversity loss and infectious diseases.

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 environmental challenges in an interdisciplinary cohort.

Research Facilities

WashU has a variety of available research facilities. Find out how they might support your work.

‘The night sky and the asphalt road’

‘The night sky and the asphalt road’

Acclaimed St. Louis artist Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA ’17) will present his installation “Archaeology of the Present” at WashU’s Kemper Art Museum beginning Feb. 23.

Preserving our planet

Preserving our planet

The new Center for the Environment serves as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, which is crucial to solving complex environmental problems.

‘Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air’

‘Santiago Sierra: 52 Canvases Exposed to Mexico City’s Air’

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at WashU will present this exbibition Feb. 23 through July 29. It consists of 52 canvases that Sierra placed on the floor of a city building, highlighting the contaminants that can poison the urban environment.