Creating Sustainable Change

The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster the simultaneous pursuit of human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being in the present and future. Through our efforts, we hope to help students develop the skills, strategies, and networks necessary to work towards their vision of society.

Contact Us

Office and venue hours may vary.
Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 

541-346-8321
uossc@uoregon.edu
1395 University of Oregon 005 EMU
Eugene OR 97403


Grove Community Garden

The Grove Community Garden is a garden for University of Oregon students. It is located near 18th St. and Moss, next to the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living. Plots cost $25.00 to rent for the year. Partnering with the Urban Farm, the Grove is a place to learn, get your hands in the soil, and eat the delicious benefits of your labor.

Apply for a Plot

Seed Library

Many heirloom varieties of garden plants only exist in seed libraries. As new varieties have been bred for commercial farming—often focusing more on consistency than flavor—old varieties have begun to die out. The Student Sustainability Center operates a free seed library for non-commercial use with a large variety of seeds.

Seed Catalog

UO Greeks Go Green

UO Greeks Go Green is an initiative promoting sustainability and zero waste practices within Fraternity and Sorority Life. Started through the UO Zero Waste Program, Greeks Go Green helps chapters obtain the resources and knowledge they need to become more environmentally friendly.

Join Us

Bottles Up

The Bottles Up program is a partnership between the Student Sustainability Center and the UO Zero Waste Program. Abandoned bottles and mugs from lost and found bins across campus are collected and redistributed for free to visitors of the Student Sustainability Center in our office and at sustainability events. Stop by and grab a bottle, please wash it before use.


Upcoming Events

Aug 17
Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary12:00 a.m.

The new National Geographic photography exhibition at the MNCH reveals some of the world's most astounding phenomena—from rare supercell storm clouds to an underwater sculpture...
May 19–September 24
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The new National Geographic photography exhibition at the MNCH reveals some of the world's most astounding phenomena—from rare supercell storm clouds to an underwater sculpture garden in Mexico. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and cultural materials seldom seen by human eyes.

Aug 17
Blue Star Museum Days11:00 a.m.

The MNCH proudly offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit...
July 4–September 3
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The MNCH proudly offers free admission to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums to learn more.

Aug 17
Explore Oregon Exhibit11:00 a.m.

300 million years of Northwest natural history. Go Deep. Explore the forces shaping Oregon’s landscapes and ecosystems. Discover the giant sabertooth salmon and other amazing...
March 1–November 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

300 million years of Northwest natural history. Go Deep.

Explore the forces shaping Oregon’s landscapes and ecosystems. Discover the giant sabertooth salmon and other amazing animals from Oregon’s past, and take part in a dialogue about climate, conservation, and our future.

Aug 17
Oregon-- Where Past is Present11:00 a.m.

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the first Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s tribes. This newly enhanced exhibit combines interactive technology,...
March 1–November 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the first Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s tribes. This newly enhanced exhibit combines interactive technology, hands-on experiences, and world-class collections—showcasing 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and inviting you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more!

Aug 17
Paisley Caves and the First Americans11:00 a.m.

When did people arrive in North America? How did they get here? Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the...
March 1–November 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

When did people arrive in North America? How did they get here?

Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the evidence for yourself, and discover the evolving story of the First Americans.

Paisley Caves and the First Americans is part of the newly enhanced Oregon—Where Past is Present exhibit.

Aug 17
The Moon: a Photographic Exhibit11:00 a.m.

Mountains formed in moments? Bootprints that last for thousands of years? All this and more happens on Earth's only satellite, the Moon! Learn interesting facts and explore NASA...
August 11 2017–February 25 2018
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Mountains formed in moments? Bootprints that last for thousands of years? All this and more happens on Earth's only satellite, the Moon! Learn interesting facts and explore NASA photos of our closest celestial neighbor in this featured hallway exhibit.

Aug 17
Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century 11:00 a.m.

How can wolves and people coexist in our modern world? From Alaska to Oregon to North Carolina, explore the epic story of North America’s wolves—and the vital role humans play...
August 11 2017–February 11 2018
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

How can wolves and people coexist in our modern world? From Alaska to Oregon to North Carolina, explore the epic story of North America’s wolves—and the vital role humans play in shaping their future.

Aug 17
2PM Walk & Talk at the Museum2:00 p.m.

Enhance your visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with a talk and exhibit tour! Perfect for solo visitors, couples, or small groups, 2PM Walk & Talks are included...
March 1–August 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Enhance your visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with a talk and exhibit tour! Perfect for solo visitors, couples, or small groups, 2PM Walk & Talks are included with the price of admission. Topics range from the geology of the Cascades to Oregon’s dynamic cultural heritage. Call 541-346-3024 to find out what we’re talking about today!

Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Aug 22
Science Excursion—The Archaeology of Cascadia Cave (FULL)8:30 a.m.

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! There is a waiting list for this event—see website for details. Join US Forest Service archaeologist Tony Farque on an...
August 22 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL! Thank you all for your enthusiasm! There is a waiting list for this event—see website for details.

Join US Forest Service archaeologist Tony Farque on an easy 2.5 mile hike to Cascadia Cave in the Sweet Home Ranger District. Learn about the Kalapuya people who have lived in the area since time immemorial and see the rock art still visible in the cave. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a lunch.

$45 per person; $40 for MNCH members. Transportation is provided. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit natural-history.uoregon.edu to register or learn more.

Aug 23
Engineer It! At Your Local Library12:30 p.m.

We're bringing family-friendly fun to libraries across the community! Join us at your neighborhood library for Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies, and delve into Oregon's...
August 23 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Junction City Public Library

We're bringing family-friendly fun to libraries across the community! Join us at your neighborhood library for Engineer It! Exploring Ancient Technologies, and delve into Oregon's history through a variety of hands-on engineering challenges. Admission is free. Dates are listed throughout the summer; check with your library for more details.