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


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

Feb 17
Show Your Love at the Museum Store11:00 a.m.

SHOW YOUR LOVE at Past and Presents, the Museum Store  From Charles Darwin's Birthday to Valentine's Day to Oregon's 159th Birthday, there's plenty to...
February 11–17
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

SHOW YOUR LOVE at Past and Presents, the Museum Store 

From Charles Darwin's Birthday to Valentine's Day to Oregon's 159th Birthday, there's plenty to celebrate in February. Show your love—for science, the state, or your sweetie—with a gift from Past and Presents, the Museum Store. Enjoy 15% discounts on all Darwin- and Oregon-themed merchandise! Admission to the museum store is always free.

Remember, your Past and Presents purchase supports the museum's education programs, inspiring a love of learning and a spirit of stewardship in Oregonians all across the state!

Feb 17
The Moon: a Photographic Exhibit11:00 a.m.

Mountains formed in moments? Bootprints that last for thousands of years? All this and more happens on Earth's only satellite, the Moon! Learn interesting facts and explore...
August 11 2017–February 25 2018
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Mountains formed in moments? Bootprints that last for thousands of years? All this and more happens on Earth's only satellite, the Moon! Learn interesting facts and explore NASA photos of our closest celestial neighbor in this featured hallway exhibit. 

Feb 21
NEA Big Read: Siletz Healthy Traditions Project3:00 p.m.

Stop by the Eugene Public Library to explore traditional foods with Kathy Kentta-Robinson, enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and coordinator...
February 21 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Eugene Public Library

Stop by the Eugene Public Library to explore traditional foods with Kathy Kentta-Robinson, enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and coordinator of the Healthy Traditions Project. Learn about the cultural importance of traditional foods, and make your own trail mix to take home. Free to the public. Cosponsored by Eugene Public Library as part of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program.

 

 

NEA Big Read 

The museum partners with Eugene Public Library and the National Endowment for the Arts to present four talks exploring Tribal traditions in Oregon.  

These events are part of the NEA Big Read of How We Became Human, a volume of collected poems by celebrated writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Coordinated by Eugene Public Library, the local NEA Big Read offers a variety of talks, performances, workshops, exhibits, and conversations during February 2018. For a complete events calendar, visit www.eugene-or.gov/library or call 541-682-5450. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Feb 23
NEA Big Read: Continuum: Contemporary Weaving3:00 p.m.

Continuum: Contemporary Weaving Traditions of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw People  Join artist and weaver Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) for a discussion of...
February 23 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Continuum: Contemporary Weaving Traditions of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw People 

Join artist and weaver Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) for a discussion of contemporary weaving traditions of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw People. Cosponsored by the Oregon Folklife Network and part of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Included with regular museum admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. 

 

NEA Big Read 

The museum partners with Eugene Public Library and the National Endowment for the Arts to present four talks exploring Tribal traditions in Oregon.  

These events are part of the NEA Big Read of How We Became Human, a volume of collected poems by celebrated writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Coordinated by Eugene Public Library, the local NEA Big Read offers a variety of talks, performances, workshops, exhibits, and conversations during February 2018. For a complete events calendar, visit www.eugene-or.gov/library or call 541-682-5450. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Feb 24
NEA Big Read: Kalapuya Cuisine3:00 p.m.

Learning About Kalapuya Cuisine: Harvesting and Cooking Camas  Delve into Kalapuya food culture with University of Oregon archaeologist and MNCH curator of...
February 24 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Eugene Public Library

Learning About Kalapuya Cuisine: Harvesting and Cooking Camas 

Delve into Kalapuya food culture with University of Oregon archaeologist and MNCH curator of zooarchaeology Madonna Moss. As part of her new UO course, The Archaeology of Wild Foods and Pre-Neolithic Cooking, Professor Moss and graduate students harvested and dug camas at the Oregon Country Fairgrounds in June 2017.  Under the supervision of Marie Knight (Warm Springs) they baked the camas in an earth oven overnight at the UO Many Nations

Longhouse. Come learn about the process of harvesting and baking this traditional food that was once abundant in the Willamette Valley. Free to the public. Cosponsored by Eugene Public Library as part of the 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program.

 

 

NEA Big Read 

The museum partners with Eugene Public Library and the National Endowment for the Arts to present four talks exploring Tribal traditions in Oregon.  

These events are part of the NEA Big Read of How We Became Human, a volume of collected poems by celebrated writer Joy Harjo of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Coordinated by Eugene Public Library, the local NEA Big Read offers a variety of talks, performances, workshops, exhibits, and conversations during February 2018. For a complete events calendar, visit www.eugene-or.gov/library or call 541-682-5450. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Feb 26
Startup Nation Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Symposium6:30 p.m.

Save the date! Please join us for TAMID Group's inaugural Start-Up Nation: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Symposium on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the UO Ford...
February 26 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Ford Alumni Center, Ballroom

Save the date!

Please join us for TAMID Group's inaugural Start-Up Nation: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Symposium on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the UO Ford Alumni Center.

Lecture by Seth M. Siegel, Discussion Panel, and Q+A followed by Book Signing
Come get inspired, learn about the Start-Up Nation, and hear how Israel transformed itself from a parched land into a water superpower and how its model can help the U.S. and other countries prevent future water crises.

The purpose of this event is to educate and enrich students at the University of Oregon and statewide communities at large on the topic of Israel as the leading start-up nation. At this event, we will provide a platform to demonstrate how its innovation can be applied to our own communities and inspire further student interest in the fields of international business, innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship at large. Additionally, this symposium will showcase the value of having an organization such as TAMID on campus—one that serves as an outlet for undergraduates to seek professional, entrepreneurial, and hands-on learning through an international lens regardless of major.

Seth M. Siegel
Seth M. Siegel is the author of The New York Times bestseller Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World. Siegel is a lawyer, activist, writer, and successful serial entrepreneur. His essays on water and other policy issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and in leading publications in Europe and Asia. Siegel is member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

View Siegel's most recent TEDx Talk.

The event will be available via live-stream the day of the event on our chapter's Facebook page.

Please RSVP and register to guarantee seating. Donations of any amount to support our student-led event are deeply appreciated and can be made through the registration link.

Questions or interested in sponsorship? Contact us.

Mar 2
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...
January 5–April 6
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. 

Mar 3
NAVIGATING KNOWLEDGE: Opening Weekend11:00 a.m.

Navigating Knowledge-A Journey Through Museum Collections Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrate our newest exhibit!...
March 3–4
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Navigating Knowledge-A Journey Through Museum Collections

Opening Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate our newest exhibit! From monkeys and maps to fossils and folklore, MNCH collections help University of Oregon scholars solve mysteries about our planet and our collective human experience. Glimpse into the vaults with UO faculty scientists and join their ongoing investigations: You’ll traverse land and sea to uncover life’s origins, voyage across the Pacific in search of the First Americans, discover how fossils can predict earthquakes, explore arts and sovereignty in Africa and the Americas, and more.    

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days, join us for family-friendly scavenger hunts—and discover rare rocks, artifacts, and other amazing items from our collections. 

Mar 5
2018 Urbanism Next Conference8:00 a.m.

Join experts from the private, public, and academic sectors as we look at how autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy are impacting cities. Emerging...
March 5–7
Oregon Convention Center

Join experts from the private, public, and academic sectors as we look at how autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy are impacting cities.

Emerging technologies are having profound effects not only on how we live, move, and spend our time in cities, but also increasingly on urban form and development itself. 

Planners, architects, landscape architects, developers, academics and many others will come together for presentations, sessions, and interactive workshops and charrettes to learn about the secondary impacts of emerging technologies on land uses, urban design, transportation, and real estate markets and the implications of these changes for equity, the environment, the economy, and governance. 

Mar 7
Ideas on Tap: The Science Behind the Brew6:00 p.m.

The Science Behind the Brew   with Oregon State University chemist Tom Shellhammer Do you love lagers? Are you passionate about pale ales? Join beer scholar Tom...
March 7 6:00 p.m.
Sprout! Regional Food Hub

The Science Behind the Brew  

with Oregon State University chemist Tom Shellhammer

Do you love lagers? Are you passionate about pale ales? Join beer scholar Tom Shelhammer and explore the historical and technological context behind different styles of beer, delving into the chemistry and microbiology that give them their unique character. 

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History presents Ideas on Tap the first Wednesday of the month at Sprout! Regional Food Hub. Enjoy Claim 52 craft beers and thought-provoking discussions about science, culture, and more. Cosponsored by Claim 52 AbbeyLa Granada Latin KitchenPig & Turnip, and 100 Mile Bakery. Learn more at natural-history.uoregon.edu.