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.

Student Sustainability Network

The Student Sustainability Network (SSN) is comprised of UO student groups and programs working toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Get connected with one or more of these groups or join our Facebook group to get involved.


Upcoming Events

Nov 23
Thanksgiving Holiday—Museum Closed12:00 a.m.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is closed in observance of Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Friday, November 24.
November 23 12:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is closed in observance of Thanksgiving. It will reopen on Friday, November 24.

Nov 23
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.

Nov 23
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.

Nov 23
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!

Nov 23
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.

Nov 23
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.

Nov 23
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.

Nov 23
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.

Nov 25
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.

Nov 25
Small Business Saturday11:00 a.m.

Want to make a difference with your holiday shopping? Each purchase at Past and Presents, the museum store, directly supports museum education programs that inspire Oregonians all...
November 25 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Want to make a difference with your holiday shopping? Each purchase at Past and Presents, the museum store, directly supports museum education programs that inspire Oregonians all across the state. Join us on Small Business Saturday and enjoy hot cider and cookies, book signings with local authors, and a unique collection of Northwest-made gifts for everyone on your holiday list!