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

May 24
Bowls Around Town: Eugene, OR12:00 a.m.

Borrow a bowl, cook a dish, share a story! Past and Presents, The Museum Store, is delighted to host the Bowls Around Town project. Here’s how it works: Visit the store and...
March 10–July 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Borrow a bowl, cook a dish, share a story! Past and Presents, The Museum Store, is delighted to host the Bowls Around Town project. Here’s how it works: Visit the store and check out a kit containing a bowl made by ceramic artist Michael J. Strand, a digital camera, and a recipe book. Take the kit home and use the bowl to serve a dish that’s special to you. Use the camera to document the process, from food prep to dinner time, and write down your recipe in the book. Be creative! Selected images and recipes will become part of a dynamic Hungry Planet display at the museum and online.

Sign up early to be sure you get the bowl!

The kit becomes available for checkout on the Thursday of each week and must be returned the following Wednesday. Questions? Contact Lyle Murphy at lyle@uoregon.edu.

May 24
HUNGRY PLANET: What the World Eats12:00 a.m.

You’ll never look at your dinner table the same way again. Gain a global perspective on food through Hungry Planet, a new exhibit based on Peter Menzel and Faith...
February 24–May 31
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

You’ll never look at your dinner table the same way again.

Gain a global perspective on food through Hungry Planet, a new exhibit based on Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio’s award-wining book. Vivid photographs, interactive stations, and culinary items from MNCH collections will take you on a stunning field-to-fork adventure spanning the Americas, Africa, Asia, and beyond. Organized by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota

May 24
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.

May 24
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–August 31
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.

May 24
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats 11:00 a.m.

An Exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History Gain a global perspective on food. Through spectacular photographs and thought-provoking narrative, authors Peter Menzel and...
February 24–July 30
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

An Exhibit from the Bell Museum of Natural History

Gain a global perspective on food. Through spectacular photographs and thought-provoking narrative, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio take you around the world--and around the tables of families in Mexico, India, Mali, and more. Explore farms, markets, and kitchens to discover foodways both unique and shared. You'll never look at your dinner plate the same way again.

May 24
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–August 31
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!

May 24
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–August 31
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.

May 24
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.

May 24
ACROSS THE TABLE, AROUND THE WORLD: A Food Workshop Series6:00 p.m.

Explore diverse foodways through chef demonstrations, hands-on learning, and delicious flavors—and take some new tastes home to add to your culinary repertoire! Space is limited...
May 24 6:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Explore diverse foodways through chef demonstrations, hands-on learning, and delicious flavors—and take some new tastes home to add to your culinary repertoire! Space is limited and preregistration is required. Email lmw@uoregon.edu or call 541-346-3030 to register.

Spices of India

Wednesday, May 24

6:00 p.m.

Explore regional differences, religious influences, and the modern dining experience of Indian cuisine. Demonstration includes spice identification and preparation, flavor extraction, marinades, rubs, and cooking methods. Participants will make a recipe of Saag Paneer, a classic spinach and cheese dish. Appetizers and a glass of beer or wine are included, and each participant gets a package of Garam masala spices to take home.

$30/person for MNCH members; $35/person for non-members

May 30
Accessible and Appropriate Transit Fair 10:00 a.m.

In partnership with the Hilyard Center and the AccessABILITY Student Union, the Outdoor Programs will provide information and resources about accessible sustainable bike...
May 30 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Green - Southeast side of EMU (outdoors)

In partnership with the Hilyard Center and the AccessABILITY Student Union, the Outdoor Programs will provide information and resources about accessible sustainable bike transportation, plus swag! FREE!