Unique Places

A commitment to the environment is evident all across campus, from our sustainability practices to our unique buildings and facilities. Cutting-edge research spaces, world-renowned architecture and centralized spaces for collaboration make the University of Arizona a hub for environmental researchers. Schedule a tour, reserve a conference room or simply take a stroll — discover the unique buildings and outdoor areas where much of our work and research take place.


Designed to look like a slot canyon and echo our sense of space in the Southwest, ENR2 exemplifies the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability, incorporating energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, rainwater harvesting and low-flow faucets, and other innovative architectural solutions in a desert landscape.

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Biosphere 2

Located north of Tucson, the Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.

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Tree Ring Lab

Designed with visual associations to tree rings present throughout, this thoroughly modern space provides a home for the University of Arizona’s team of tree-ring researchers, whose groundbreaking work helps reconstruct environmental change.

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The University of Arizona main campus houses a truly unique collection of plants from arid and semi-arid climates around the world. These trees represent the university's dedication to sustainable desert horticulture and tell the story of the cultural evolution of the modern Southwest.

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