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

SNAP

SNAP Enrollment

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides funds for eligible households to purchase food and serves to combat food insecurity. Finding out if you are eligible and enrolling in the program can be confusing, so the Student Sustainability Center and the Duck Nest have begun holding events and drop-in advising to help guide you through the process. Get started today.

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Produce Drops

Produce Drops are essentially free farmer's markets. The Student Sustainability Center works with Food for Lane County to operate a Trillium Produce Plus site. We provide free, fresh produce for eligible students and their families. No enrollment or sign-up is necessary, just stop by and fill a bag with whatever you need. Produce Drops occur the second Tuesday of every month from 3:00–5:00 p.m.

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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

Dec 13
2 p.m. 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...
September 1 2018–April 30 2019
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!   

Dec 14
Little Wonders – Stories and Activities for Preschoolers10:30 a.m.

You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's, be an Astro-Explorer for a day as we travel...
December 14 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's, be an Astro-Explorer for a day as we travel through outer space with games, stories, and “alien” crafts.

Admission is free for MNCH members. Learn more at natural-history.uoregon.edu. Get your Little Wonders discount coupon, redeemable at Past and Presents, the museum store. 15 percent off for museum members, 10 percent off for the public.

Dec 14
Winter Solstice Celebration: Giants of the Ice Age!5:00 p.m.

Ring in wintertime with some really big fun! At this year's winter solstice celebration, you and your family can journey deep into Oregon's Pleistocene past, meeting giant...
December 14 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Ring in wintertime with some really big fun! At this year's winter solstice celebration, you and your family can journey deep into Oregon's Pleistocene past, meeting giant sloths, mammoths, and other impressive beasts along the way.  Enjoy live performances, crafts, face painting, science activities, and more—and shop for unique, locally-made holiday gifts at the museum store. Purchase or renew a family museum membership—a great gift!—at 20 percent off during the event. 

$5 general admission. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation (per person) to FOOD for Lane County. 

Dec 19
Winter Wednesdays11:00 a.m.

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference with your holiday shopping! Each purchase at Past and Presents, the museum store, directly supports museum education programs...
December 5–19
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Past and Presents, The Museum Store

This holiday season, shop local and 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 Winter Wednesdays and enjoy hot cider and cookies while you shop for unique, handmade gifts at the museum store. Enjoy 20% discounts on non-consignment items including books by local authors, science kits for kids, Ice Age-inspired designs, and much more. Museum members get 30% discounts on their non-consignment purchases. Admission to the store is always free!

Dec 25
Museum closed11:00 a.m.

Closed for the Christmas holiday. The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, December 26.
December 25 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Closed for the Christmas holiday. The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, December 26.

Jan 1
Museum closed11:00 a.m.

Closed for New Year’s Day. The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, January 2.
January 1 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Closed for New Year’s Day. The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, January 2.

Jan 4
Free First Friday at the Museum11:00 a.m.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its...
September 7 2018–April 5 2019
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes. 

Jan 11
Little Wonders—Science for Preschoolers10:30 a.m.

You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is ASTOUNDING ARCHITECTURE! Does your...
January 11 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is ASTOUNDING ARCHITECTURE! Does your child like to build, design, and tinker? Join us at the museum for story time and activities to bring out our inner engineers and architects.

Admission is free for MNCH members. Learn more at natural-history.uoregon.edu. Get your Little Wonders discount coupon, redeemable at Past and Presents – The Museum Store! 15 percent off for museum members, 10 percent off for the public.

Jan 19
Grand Opening: Dinosaurs Take Flight11:00 a.m.

Grand Opening Weekend: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT The Art of Archaeopteryx Join us for a weekend-long dinosaur party! Explore the new exhibit, create your own dino-craft and dig...
January 19–20
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Grand Opening Weekend:

DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT
The Art of Archaeopteryx

Join us for a weekend-long dinosaur party! Explore the new exhibit, create your own dino-craft and dig into dinosaur science at our family-friendly activity tables. 

Included with regular admission. Oregon Trail card holders are admitted at a reduced rate through the Museums for All program. Free for members and UO ID card holders. Not a current member? Family memberships are available for 20 percent off throughout the weekend. Visit natural-history.uoregon.edu for details. 

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About the exhibit:

Six paleoartists take you on a Jurassic journey to uncover the mysteries of the feathered dinosaur Archaeopteryx. A traveling exhibit organized by Silver Plume Exhibitions and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Dinosaurs Take Flight combines original artwork with fossils, replica skeletons, hands-on activities, and interactive media to tell the amazing story of the evolution of flight.

Jan 23
#SciArt Night: Dinos Soar!6:00 p.m.

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Thirst 2 Create for a fun-filled evening of science and art! Learn about flying reptiles and the evolution of...
January 23 6:00 p.m.
Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne Pub

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Thirst 2 Create for a fun-filled evening of science and art! Learn about flying reptiles and the evolution of flight with MNCH paleontologist Edward Davis, and paint your own flying dino with Thirst 2 Create. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

$45 per participant. Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, visit www.thirst2create.com. Are you a museum member? Get a $10 discount with your special promo code! Email lmw@uoregon.edu or call 541-346-3030 for details.