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

Sep 26
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.

Sep 26
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!

Sep 26
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.

Sep 26
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.

Sep 26
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.

Sep 26
2pm Walk & Talk at the Museum2:00 p.m.

Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 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...
September 1–December 31
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 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 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!

Talks are included with museum admission; free for members and UO ID card holders.

Sep 30
Go Ducks! Free Admission Weekends11:00 a.m.

One campus. Two museums. Free admission. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends...
September 2–November 26
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

One campus. Two museums. Free admission. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends throughout the 2017 football season.

Oct 4
Ideas On Tap6:00 p.m.

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for Ideas on Tap, a conversation series held the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft...
October 4 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Sprout! Regional Food Hub, Marketplace

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for Ideas on Tap, a conversation series held the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more. Cosponsored by Claim 52 Abbey, La Granada Latin Kitchen, Pig & Turnip, NEDCO, and 100 Mile Bakery.

On tap this month:

Can art change the world? Talk it over with critically acclaimed photographer Dana Gluckstein, whose exhibit DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition helped create a tipping point for President Obama to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Oct 5
Opening Reception—DIGNITY: Tribes in Transistion6:00 p.m.

Through 60 stunning and intimate portraits, critically acclaimed photographer Dana Gluckstein pays homage to Indigenous Peoples around the world. Taken in Africa, the Americas,...
October 5 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Through 60 stunning and intimate portraits, critically acclaimed photographer Dana Gluckstein pays homage to Indigenous Peoples around the world. Taken in Africa, the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and beyond, the images tell the stories of imperiled cultures in an age of rapid global change, and shine a light on the profound interconnectedness of all people.

Opening reception and book signing with Dana Gluckstein

6:00-8:00 p.m. free public reception

Oct 6
DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition11:00 a.m.

Through 60 stunning and intimate portraits, photographer Dana Gluckstein pays homage to Indigenous Peoples around the world. Taken in Africa, the Americas, the Pacific Islands,...
October 6–December 17
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Through 60 stunning and intimate portraits, photographer Dana Gluckstein pays homage to Indigenous Peoples around the world. Taken in Africa, the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and beyond, the images tell the stories of imperiled cultures in an age of rapid global change, and shine a light on the profound interconnectedness of all people.