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 provide 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

Nov 18
GO DUCKS! Weekends at the museum11:00 a.m.

One campus. Two museums. Free admission. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends...
September 1–November 18
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

One campus. Two museums. Free admission. The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art offer free admission during UO Ducks home game weekends throughout the 2018 football season. 

Nov 18
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–December 30
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!   

Nov 21
"Conveniently packaged for your wasteful consumption"9:00 a.m.

Please come, visit our large scale, site-specific collaborative art installation by Relief Printmaking class. It comprised of over 400 woodcut prints. Take-away prints will be...
November 21–December 6
Lawrence Hall, in the hallway by #162

Please come, visit our large scale, site-specific collaborative art installation by Relief Printmaking class. It comprised of over 400 woodcut prints. Take-away prints will be available from our "vending" machine for your donation to a local non-profit, McKenzie River Trust. We hope this project to bring awareness to a huge trash problems in the ocean effecting marine life. It relates to the current exhibit, "Plastic Entanglement" at JSMA.

 

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“Conveniently packaged for your wasteful consumption”

A site-specific, collaborative installation

ARTR 346 Relief Printmaking

 

Project Statement

Our collaborative installation is comprised of over 400 hand-carved woodcut prints depicting various items of trash such as plastic bottles, food packaging and wrappers, along with diverse sea creatures. Our intention is to bring awareness to our detrimental trash problem and its effect on marine life.

Our consumerism-driven society driven has made convenience our priority, but at what cost to Earth? Is it truly worth disrupting the delicate balance of the ecosystem? Our project addresses questions raised by the current exhibit, “Plastic Entanglement” at JSMA as well as a lecture by one of the selected artists, Dianna Cohen who leads a non-profit called Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Our "vending machine” appears to sell prints of beautiful sea creatures. However, what the viewer might get is one of the trash-themed prints, just as a fisherman might wind up with a chunk of garbage instead of catching any fish. According to Plastic Pollution Coalition, the oceans will contain more plastic per pound than fish by 2050. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, has now grown to more than 600,000 square miles; that's twice the size of Texas. We need to approach the problem with a sense of urgency to act now.

All the money deposited into the vending machine for the take-away prints will be donated to the local non-profit called McKenzie River Trust that focuses on environmental justice; they use 90% of all the money that they raise for land protection, land stewardship and public outreach. Clean protected river water running through conserved land with native species eventually reaches the ocean. Everything is connected.

Printmaking media has been a vehicle for social change and democracy. The methodology of producing multiples, particular to printing, has been widely utilized for spreading ideas and building community. As a class this term, we have been critically investigating how value is determined and what makes things worth sharing, telling and doing. This collaborative project stems from something that matters to us collectively.

 

Tiara Adams     Anna Baldwin     Maddie Banta     Izzy Cho                          Lily Cronn    Reid Ellingson    Amanda Fang   Cheyenne Jaques                   Wangqiang Lin    Allie McPheeters    Clancy O’Connor   Alex Perrin   Grace Peccia Stayner    Macon Sumpter    Anna Warnecke                 Hongyu Yu                                                   Instructor: Mika Aono Boyd

Nov 24
Small Business Saturday11:00 a.m.

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference. Each purchase at Past and Presents, the museum store, directly supports education programs that inspire Oregonians all...
November 24 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Past and Presents, The Museum Store

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference. Each purchase at Past and Presents, the museum store, directly supports education programs that inspire Oregonians all across the state. Join us on Small Business Saturday and enjoy hot cider and cookies while browsing our unique collection of gifts created by Northwest artists and authors. Admission to the store is always free. 

Nov 26
Relaxation Station with Student Sustainability Center2:00 p.m.

Stop by to destress with the Student Sustainability Center. Have a free cup of coffee and tea, or stop by to make a button.
November 26 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Stadium Stairs (Near O Desk)

Stop by to destress with the Student Sustainability Center. Have a free cup of coffee and tea, or stop by to make a button.

Dec 1
Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience: Grand Opening Weekend11:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take...
December 1–2
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to thrive amid a changing climate? Showcasing innovative designs—from mushroom-based building blocks to cardboard origami shelters—Survival Architecture blends ideas from around the world with scholarship at the University of Oregon, inspiring conversations that could change our approach to the future.

Join us for the exhibit's grand opening and enjoy refreshments, family-friendly engineering activities, and more—all included with regular admission. 

Admission is free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. EBT card holders are admitted at a reduced rate through the Museums for All program. Not a yet member? Purchase or renew your family membership at a 20 percent discount throughout the grand opening weekend

Dec 5
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 5
Ideas on Tap: Sustainable Design6:00 p.m.

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk, now at Viking Braggot Co. on...
December 5 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Viking Braggot Co. Southtowne Pub

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk, now at Viking Braggot Co. on Willamette Street! 

This month, join Kaarin Knudson and Josh Bruce from the University of Oregon's College of Design for Surviving Change: Building Community Resilience with Sustainable Design. Explore the ecological, economic, and social uncertainties associated with life in a rapidly changing environment—and the opportunities we have to design effectively for change. 

Dec 7
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–December 7
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. 

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.