Creating Sustainable Change

The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being in the present and future. Through our efforts, we 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

Earth Week 2019

Monday, April 22

Climate Street Fair
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | EMU Amphitheater

Speaking for the River with James Hillegas-Elting
4:00–5:15 p.m. | EMU Crater Lake Room South

Tuesday, April 23

Free Store
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Coquille Room

Climate Justice League Art Show
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Crater Lake Room South

Produce Drop
3:00–5:00 p.m. | EMU Ampitheatre

Wednesday, April 24

Free Store
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Coquille Room

Climate Justice League Teach-In
3:00–5:00 p.m. | EMU Diamond Lake Room

Greeks Go Green on 15th 
4:00–6:00 p.m. | 15th Street

Wall-E Movie Screening
5:30–7:30 p.m. | EMU O Lounge

Emerald Earth Event: "We the Animals"
7:30 p.m. | Bijou Art Theater 

Thursday, April 25

Plastic Entanglements: Thomas Jackson Art Installation
All day | EMU Front Desk

Friday, April 26

Emergent Behavior: Thomas Jackson Art Installation
All day | EMU Front Desk

Arbor Day Planting
9:00 a.m.–noon | Meet at Lively Park

Climate Justice League Tie-Dye
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Straub Lawn

Saturday, April 27

Grove Garden Work Party
Noon–3:00 p.m. | 1801 Moss Street

Earth Day of Service
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Holden Center  

More Than Just Recycling

Sustainability encompasses a lot of topics beyond what you might automatically think about. We work on solutions to issues like food security, social justice, and yes, waste reduction. Our goal at the Student Sustainability Center is to connect you to all the ways you can help create a more sustainable UO, Eugene, and world. So how do you want to get involved?

Grove Community Garden

In partnership with the Urban Farm, the Grove Garden offers 24 plots, a free seed library, and volunteer opportunities. It helps address food insecurity and educates about the importance of pollinators.

Grove Garden

Waste Reducation

The waste reduction and reusables effort aims to reduce waste on campus. Our programs provide reusable water bottles, mugs, and silverware. We also host educational opportunities to fix broken objects.

Reduce Your Waste

Food Security

Studies suggest as many as half of U.S. college students experience food insecurity while in school. In an effort to reduce this educational barrier, the SSC provides free produce markets, help with SNAP enrollment, and more.

Get Help, Give Help

Social and Cultural Equity

Sustainability goes beyond just being green. Social and cultural equity is a vital part of a holistically sustainable society. The Student Sustainability Center advances this cause by focusing on social justice and equity.

Equity Programs

Student Organizations

Pursue passion projects with the help of leaders in sustainability, get funding, spread the word through journalism, involve your fraternity or sorority, and more with these student organizations.

Join a Group

Events

The Student Sustainability Center hosts events to connect students with resources and opportunities. From the Sustainability Fair to Earth Week and Transportation Day, join us here.

Annual Events


Upcoming Events

Apr 22
Earth Day Climate Street Fair 10:00 a.m.

Earth Day Climate Fair with student groups and off campus organization to promote sustainability. There will be workshops, art, giveaways, tabling by local organizations and...
April 22 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Amphitheater

Earth Day Climate Fair with student groups and off campus organization to promote sustainability. There will be workshops, art, giveaways, tabling by local organizations and student groups, and free lunch at 11:30 a.m.! 

Apr 22
UO Campus Talk: Speaking for the River with James Hillegas-Elting 4:00 p.m.

UO CAMPUS TALK Speaker: James Hillegas-Elting Location: UO Campus Talk Crater Lake Room South 4:00 to 5:15 (room is reserved from 3:45 to 5:45) Sponsors: - UO...
April 22 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Crater Lake South

UO CAMPUS TALK

Speaker: James Hillegas-Elting

Location:

UO Campus Talk

Crater Lake Room South 4:00 to 5:15 (room is reserved from 3:45 to 5:45)

Sponsors:
- UO Environmental Studies
- Oregon Humanities Center
- UO Center for Environmental Futures
- UO Office of Sustainability
- UO Student Sustainability Center

Talk Title: Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution on the Willamette, 1920s-1970s

Blurb: Willamette River historian James Hillegas-Elting shares stories from his new book, Speaking for the River: Confronting Pollution on the Willamette, 1920s-1970s. The Willamette River is championed as one of the great national river clean-up success stories. Elting identifies key people and events that laid the foundation of both the Willamette River clean-up successes celebrated in the national press in the 1970s, and the continued challenges of the current era defined by big projects like superfund and citizen initiatives. The talk connects downstream ecosystem health with upstream conservation driven by nonprofit organizations, university faculty and students, and local government.

Biography: James V. Hillegas-Elting is an historian of the 20th century urban environment in North America, specializing in the science, engineering, policy, and politics of the physical infrastructure that makes modern cities possible: transportation, sanitation, and energy.