Academy for the Environment

Lake Tahoe

The Academy for the Environment serves as a hub of interdisciplinary research with a focus on the environment and issues of sustainability. Through the University's Sustainability Committee, the Academy for the Environment also promotes sustainable practices on campus in the areas of energy, transportation, campus life and curriculum.

Great Basin CESU

Researchers Surveying a Mountainside

The Great Basin Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit encompasses the Great Basin region and is a partnership among 14 universities and eight federal agencies.  

Great Basin Consortium

Great Basin Landscape

A consortium of partners who collaborate in the Great Basin. Our mission is to enhance the effectiveness of research, management, outreach and funding activities.

Lake Tahoe Research

Lake Tahoe

View collective research and outreach efforts in the Tahoe Basin including publications and photos.

Walker Basin Project

Walker Lake

A collaborative effort of two of Nevada's major research institutions, DRI and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Water for the Seasons

Water for the Seasons

Integrating science and water policy research to identify the impacts of climate change and solutions for protecting water resources in northern Nevada, focusing on the Truckee-Carson River System.

Native Waters on Arid Lands

Native Water on Arid Lands

USDA-funded 'Native Waters on Arid Lands' brings together scientists, 1862 and 1994 land-grant institutions and tribal communities of Great Basin and Southwest to address agricultural water challenges.

Whittell Forest

Whittell Forest

For more than 30 years, the University has owned the Whittell Forest and Wildlife Area, 20 miles southwest of Reno in the Sierra Nevada, dedicated to the study of natural history. Recent funding by the USDA allows for the construction of a teaching/research facility on the site.

History of the Academy


The University of Nevada, Reno has a long history of both departmentally-based and campus-wide interdisciplinary environmental programs. There also have been several efforts that have tried to foster greater interaction among faculty and staff interested in environmental issues.