The Student Sustainability Center aims to provide students with the tools and resources needed to succeed in school and beyond. We recognize the effects of environmental issues on marginalized communities, and that attending an institution as a visible minority can create discomfort. We work to ensure that all students understand the connection between social and environmental issues, and we offer resources and guidance to those affected.

Aside from waste reduction, we want to bring the issues to light such as social justice, environmental racism, and the urgency of meeting basic needs. By making these topics a part of everyday conversation, we can begin to destigmatize the need for help during hard times whether that be financially, working through grief, or just wanting to learn more.

To get involved with our efforts, present questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, reach the cultural sustainability coordinator at ssccultural@uoregon.edu.

UO Free Store

The Free Store aims to destigmatize thrift shopping, reduce textile waste, and—most importantly—provide students with living essentials when money is tight. We operate on community donations, which keeps wealth circulating within our community. We offer clothes, binders, shoes, and more—all at no cost. Come donate your clean, gently used clothing and pick up a new outfit!    

When you bring in your donations during the donation hours, we’ll decide whether or not we can accept them. Some factors we will consider include condition, cleanliness, style, and current inventory. 

Though we hope to reduce waste, we can’t accept everything. If you wouldn’t gift it to a dear friend or family member, please don’t bring it to us.

Donation Guidelines

We accept:

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • School supplies
  • Household necessities

Free Store hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Donation hours vary by term. During winter term 2020, donations will be accepted on Tuesdays from 2:00–6:00 p.m.

For questions about donations, stop by the SSC or email the Free Store director, ssccultural@uoregon.edu.

Grad-to-Grad Gown Share

Grad-to-Grad Gown Share is a program that helps offset the costs of graduation by collecting graduation gowns from recent graduates and redistributing them to the next year’s graduates for free. While students still have to buy the other regalia necessary for graduation, this is a great way to help students with graduation costs and keep gowns from sitting in students’ closets for years. These gowns will need to be returned after graduation for the next year’s graduating class.