Projects & Initiatives

Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC)

The SW CASC provides objective scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts in the southwestern U.S.

Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC)

SWEHSC is composed of scientists from multiple colleges and departments across the University who address environmental health problems associated with the Southwest and investigate the health effects of environmental agents.

Superfund Research Program

The mission of the Superfund Research Program is to advance science and apply the biomedical and environmental research conducted by the program for the improvement of human health and the environment.

Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)

The SBAR Center of Excellence works to optimize and integrate the production of guayule and guar to enable the Southwest U.S. to significantly impact biofuel and other high-value product markets and to improve quality of life in rural communities and Native Nations.

Transportation Research Institute

The Transportation Research Institute addresses the mobility, safety and environmental challenges of a rapidly evolving transportation landscape, building on UA expertise in emerging transportation systems and critical, enabling technologies.

UA Green Fund

Through its Annual Grant and Mini Grant programs, the Green Fund supports sustainability-related projects proposed by any member of the UA community, and encourages collaborations between students, faculty, and staff.

UArizona Herbarium (ARIZ)

ARIZ is a research collection of over 400,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region and adjacent areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education to decision making. The center specializes in issues concerning environmental policy, immigration policy of the U.S. and indigenous nations policy.

Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory

Located on the grounds of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture building on the UA campus, the Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory represents the reclamation of 1.2 acres of former university parking lot into a viable Sonoran Desert landscape, with high-performance integration of the building and site. It demonstrates low-cost arid land design principles of water harvesting, water reuse, mitigation of desert microclimates and reduction and re-direction of runoff for passive and active storage as well creating an enchanting desert oasis.

V Bar V Ranch

The V Bar V Ranch provides a unique combination of research and educational opportunities for sustainable rangeland management.

Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed

Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed was established in the 1950s in southeastern Arizona to study floods and the impact of soil and water conservation projects on runoff.

Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center

The WEST Center is a world renowned venue focused on advanced treatment and detection of emerging microbial and chemical contaminants in municipal wastes and reclaimed water, alternative energy and related technologies.

Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)

The WRRC promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach, and public education.

Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology (WISE)

WISE offers programs for girls and women ranging from middle school students to professionals, including a conference for middle and high school girls, academic and career preparation programs for college students, mentoring, internships, scholarships, and much more.

Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

The Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture (YCEDA) is an innovative public-private partnership that addresses high-priority issues identified by industry stakeholders to improve all aspects of desert crop production systems and economics.