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

Earth Week 2018
April 16–21

Visit the Earth Week Hub in the EMU Amphitheater to see what's going on each day! Full event details and schedules are available on Facebook.

Monday, April 16

CJL Art Gallery
Noon–4:00 p.m.
EMU Spruce and Cedar Rooms

CJL Teach In
2:00–6:00 p.m.
EMU Coquille Room

An Inconvenient Sequel Screening
7:00–9:00 p.m.
EMU Crater Lake South

Tuesday, April 17

Fix-It Fair
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
EMU Amphitheater

CJL Art Gallery
11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
EMU Spruce and Cedar Rooms

SNAP Event
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
EMU Coquille Room

CJL Teach In
4:30-8:30 p.m.
EMU Coquille Room

Wednesday, April 18

Reusable Menstrual Pads
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
EMU Student Sustainability Center

CJL Teach In
4:00-6:30 p.m.
EMU Coquille Room

Thursday, April 19

Guayaki Garden
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
In front of Lillis

CJL Teach In
1:00-4:00 p.m.
EMU Coquille Room

Free Sale
Noon-5:00 p.m.
EMU Student Sustainability Center

SPRNG Conference
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Lillis

Friday, April 20

Tie-Dye Party
Noon-4:00 p.m.
EMU Amphitheater

Free Sale
Noon-5:00 p.m.
EMU Student Sustainability Center

Saturday, April 21

Earth Day of Service
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
EMU Crater Lake Room


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

Apr 23
The Water We Eat: Law, Policy, and Our Collective Food Systemsnoon

In honor of Earth Week, join the MNCH Ambassadors and the Good Food Group for a talk from UO Law professor Adell Amos.  Dean Amos will explore the ways water law and policy...
April 23 noon
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

In honor of Earth Week, join the MNCH Ambassadors and the Good Food Group for a talk from UO Law professor Adell Amos.  Dean Amos will explore the ways water law and policy impact the greater food system. Food from Cafe Yumm provided by the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Center. Free and open to all UO students and staff.

Apr 25
Climate Change Research Symposium9:00 a.m.

The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History present the 7th annual Climate Change Research Symposium, showcasing...
April 25 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Galleria

The University of Oregon Climate Change Research Group and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History present the 7th annual Climate Change Research Symposium, showcasing scholarship from multiple disciplines on climate-related issues. The symposium features research by UO faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. It’s open to the public as well as the UO community, and admission is free.

Apr 26
Curator Talk: Soils in Space3:00 p.m.

Soils in Space with MNCH paleontologist Greg Retallack   Journey to outer space and explore ancient soils on Mars–and the theory that they gave rise to life...
April 26 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Galleria

Soils in Space
with MNCH paleontologist Greg Retallack  


Journey to outer space and explore ancient soils on Mars–and the theory that they gave rise to life beyond Earth.

 

Included with museum admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. 

This talk is presented in connection with "Navigating Knowledge: A Journey Through Museum Collections," an interdisciplinary exhibit curated by scholars from across the University of Oregon. Learn about the whole series at natural-history.uoregon.edu.

Apr 26
Landscape Architecture 2018 Fuller Lecture: Gina Ford6:00 p.m.

FULLER CENTER FOR PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES 2018 LECTURE: "Designing for Resilience, Equity and Democracy" Gina Ford, FASLA Principal and Co-Founder Agency...
April 26 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 206

FULLER CENTER FOR PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES 2018 LECTURE:

"Designing for Resilience, Equity and Democracy"

Gina Ford, FASLA
Principal and Co-Founder
Agency Landscape + Planning

With the onslaught of challenges (and opportunities) associated with climate change, significant demographic shifts and increased political activism, what is the role of the landscape architect in designing for such change? Gina will discuss a series of projects at a variety of scales where landscape is a medium and catalyst for addressing resilience, equity and democratic action.

Reception: 5:30 pm
Lecture: 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gina Ford is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via leadership, exhibitions, teaching, writing and lecturing.

Gina’s work encompasses a wide range of scales and project types, from public parks and plazas to large-scale landscape planning and waterfront projects. She brings to each project a passion for the process of making vibrant landscape spaces—from the conceptual design to the details of implementation—with a particular focus on the life and use of urban, public environments. Gina led the design of the Chicago Riverwalk, Boston’s Lawn on D, Council Bluff’s Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park and Raleigh’s Moore Square and strategic planning efforts including the Cedar Rapids Flood Recovery Planning, the Rebuild by Design Competition and the Changing Course Competition while a principal with Sasaki.

Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is on the board of directors for the Cultural Landscape Foundation and was the recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Charles Eliot Travelling Fellowship and Wellesley College’s Shaw Fellowship.

 

The Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes, a program of the University of Oregon’s Department of Landscape Architecture, is a living laboratory for exploring the role of place in cultural sustainability. Learn more at http://blogs.uoregon.edu/fullercenter/. The Fuller Lecture is presented by the UO Department of Landscape Architecture through the generous support of Sue Langfitt Fuller, BS ’71 and Mortimer B. Fuller, III.

May 2
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America6:00 p.m.

Laurence Cotton will be hosting a public screening of the PBS film, "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America," for which he served as principal researcher and...
May 2 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall, Room 115

Laurence Cotton will be hosting a public screening of the PBS film, "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America," for which he served as principal researcher and consulting producer. Following the 60 minute film, he will elaborate further on Olmsted’s remarkable life and career, and go into further detail about both the national Olmsted legacy and the considerable Olmsted landscape legacy in the Pacific Northwest – in Portland, Seattle and Spokane, as well as on numerous college campuses throughout the region.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc.

Event is Free of Charge

May 2
Ideas on Tap: Mock Celebrations of Mexican Culture in Occupied America6:00 p.m.

Join us for a special Ideas On Tap at the museum!  Taco Bowls and Drinko de Mayo: Mock Celebrations of Mexican Culture in Occupied America It's almost Cinco de Mayo!...
May 2 6:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Galleria

Join us for a special Ideas On Tap at the museum! 

Taco Bowls and Drinko de Mayo: Mock Celebrations of Mexican Culture
in Occupied America
It's almost Cinco de Mayo! Time to don sombreros and down tequila shots? The short answer: no. UO associate professor Analisa Taylor explores Cinco de Mayo in Mexican history and how it is misrepresented in the U.S. today. Join a discussion about how to appreciate, and not appropriate or stereotype, Mexican heritage.

Doors open at 5, talk begins at 6 p.m. We recommend arriving early to secure a seat and explore the museum.

 

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents Ideas on Tap the first Wednesday of the month, September through May.

Learn more at natural-history.uoregon.edu.

May 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...
May 4 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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. 

May 5
Farm Tour10:00 a.m.

Join Lydia on a tour of a local farm in action - chickens, goats, horses, and veggies oh my! Pre-trip meeting will be held May 4th at 5:00 p.m. in Outdoor Program EMU space.
May 5 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
EMU Outdoor Program

Join Lydia on a tour of a local farm in action - chickens, goats, horses, and veggies oh my! Pre-trip meeting will be held May 4th at 5:00 p.m. in Outdoor Program EMU space.

May 8
Volcanic Architecture: Exploring the Roots of Mount St. Helens 3:00 p.m.

38 years ago, Mount St. Helens produced the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in recorded U.S. history. Recently, an interdisciplinary team of scientists...
May 8 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

38 years ago, Mount St. Helens produced the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in recorded U.S. history. Recently, an interdisciplinary team of scientists converged on the volcano to image its magmatic plumbing system. Join University of New Mexico geophysicist and GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer Brandon Schmandt to learn about the project—and the forces it revealed within Mount St. Helens.

Included with regular museum admission; free for members and UO ID card holders. 

May 10
Curator Talk: In the Eye of the Beholder3:00 p.m.

In the Eye of the Beholder: Symmetry and Attractiveness in Monkeys with University of Oregon anthropologist Frances White  Join Frances White, curator of the Grand...
May 10 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Galleria

In the Eye of the Beholder: Symmetry and Attractiveness in Monkeys
with University of Oregon anthropologist Frances White 

Join Frances White, curator of the Grand Primate Collection at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and explore relationships between appearance and mate selection among nonhuman primates.

Included with museum admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. 

This talk is presented in connection with "Navigating Knowledge: A Journey Through Museum Collections," an interdisciplinary exhibit curated by scholars from across the University of Oregon. Learn about the whole series at natural-history.uoregon.edu.