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

Sep 19
Volunteer Recruitment Month at the MNCH!12:00 a.m.

Learn. Inspire. Connect. Volunteering at the museum is a great way for lifelong learners to make new friends and share their passion for science and history. From leading exhibit...
September 1–24
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Learn. Inspire. Connect. Volunteering at the museum is a great way for lifelong learners to make new friends and share their passion for science and history. From leading exhibit tours to helping with children's events, the museum offers a variety of fun ways to get involved. 

Volunteer applications will be accepted through September 24. Visit our website to apply or learn more. The volunteer training program will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 2 through 25, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Questions? Contact our volunteer coordinator at mnchvolunteers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-1717.

Sep 19
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!   

Sep 22
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. 

Oct 3
Ideas on Tap: The Rewilding Movement6:00 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...
October 3 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 University of Oregon biologist Lauren Hallett for an exploration of The Rewilding Movement and what it means for habitats past, present, and future. 

Oct 6
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. 

Oct 6
Sculpting Giants—Where Science Meets Art: A talk by paleo-artist Gary Staab3:00 p.m.

From mammoths and sabertooth salmon to dinosaurs and buzzsaw sharks, come discover how sculptor and paleo-artist Gary Staab collaborates with scientists to bring extinct animals...
October 6 3:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

From mammoths and sabertooth salmon to dinosaurs and buzzsaw sharks, come discover how sculptor and paleo-artist Gary Staab collaborates with scientists to bring extinct animals back to life.

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

Oct 7
Baby Mammoths (and Lasting Impressions) in Central Oregon 1:00 p.m.

Museum paleontologist Greg Retallack recently uncovered 43,000-year-old mammoth footprints in Central Oregon's Fossil Lake. The tracks they left behind may reveal key insights...
October 7 1:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Galleria

Museum paleontologist Greg Retallack recently uncovered 43,000-year-old mammoth footprints in Central Oregon's Fossil Lake. The tracks they left behind may reveal key insights into family dynamics among ancient elephants. Join him for an exploration of the evidence.   

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

Oct 8
UO Transportation Day10:00 a.m.

Screen print a t-shirt, register your bike, learn about transportation options on campus and in the Eugene community, and get help planning your route to school or work. Free...
October 8 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Chapman Hall, Lawn between Condon and Chapman Halls

Screen print a t-shirt, register your bike, learn about transportation options on campus and in the Eugene community, and get help planning your route to school or work.

Free bike repairs, t-shirts, reflective stickers, and swag!

Event: October 8th, from 10am-3pm @ the Chapman Lawn for FREE! 

Oct 8
Indigenous Peoples' Day11:00 a.m.

Special Monday hours: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be open with FREE admission in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day! Come celebrate 14,000...
October 8 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Special Monday hours: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be open with FREE admission in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day! Come celebrate 14,000 years of Native culture in Oregon—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes. 

Oct 12
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 theme is Mega Mammoths. Thousands of years ago,...
October 12 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 Mega Mammoths. Thousands of years ago, Columbian mammoths roamed the land we now call Oregon. Come and learn more about these ancient giants through a story, games, real fossils, and a fun mammoth craft! 

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.