Creating Sustainable Change
The Student Sustainability Center (SSC) is a collaborative space for student-led initiatives that foster environmental justice, social well-being, and ecological resilience. The SSC empowers students to engage pressing and relevant sustainability issues through leadership development, campus programming, projects driven by student needs and interests, and sustainability-oriented community. We help students develop a just vision for society, build resilience, and prepare to live in a climate-altered present and future.
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Environmental Justice Fellowship
As a part of the Just Future Initiative, the Student Sustainability Center collaborates with Holden Center's Emerging Leadership Project to provide funding and leadership skill development for student service projects that help redress environmental injustices in their communities.
What We Do
At the SSC, we center equity in all we do. We understand that environmental problems are the result of unjust social systems. We therefore value: social justice, equity, and empowerment; student autonomy, initiative, and resilience; whole-person and holistic approaches to sustainability; critical analysis of the current and historical drivers of socio-ecological crises; and a systems-thinking approach to sustainability and environmental justice issues.
Waste Reduction and Reusables
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.
Studies suggest as many as half of U.S. college students struggle with access to food while in school. In an effort to create change in our UO food system, the SSC provides free produce markets and more.
Students can volunteer with community organizations that do environmental restoration on campus and in surrounding areas. We offer one-off events, as well as regularly occurring opportunities to volunteer.
The SSC supports pollinator health and populations at the UO campus and beyond.
Environmental problems are rooted in social injustices. Our programs provide opportunities for students to work toward environmental justice.
The SSC’s climate anxiety program provides support for students facing climate anxiety or the stress, grief, guilt, depression, anxiety, or other psychological effects experienced due to worrying about the impacts of climate change.
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.
Volunteering and Events
Get involved with the SSC. We host events to connect students with resources and opportunities. From the Sustainability Fair to Earth Week and Transportation Day, join us here.