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Campus Environmental Resources

Student Clubs

Cascadia Action Network:

C.A.N is the empowered new generation dedicated to environmental and social justice. We work to create impactful and intersectional environmental change through direct action on our campus and in our community.

Climate Justice League:

The heart of climate justice is the understanding that the urgent action needed to prevent climate change must be based on community-led solutions and the well-being of local communities, Indigenous Peoples, and the global poor, as well as biodiversity and intact ecosystems.

Climate justice is the understanding that we will not be able to stop climate change if we don’t change the neo-liberal, corporate-based economy which stops us from achieving sustainable societies. It is the understanding that corporate globalization must be stopped.

Coalition Against Environmental Racism:

CAER is a student-based group dedicated to providing a forum for education and organization in an effort to promote environmental justice.

Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG):

The Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (OSPIRG) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan student-directed and student-funded public interest group founded in 1971. We were created by students on the principle that students have an obligation to think beyond their self-interest and make Oregon, America and the world a better place for everyone, not simply for those who inhabit the campus.


Environmental Journalism

Environmental Humanities Newsletter:

The University of Oregon’s Environmental Humanities newsleter.

Envision Magazine:

The University of Oregon’s Environmental Publication.


The UO Environmental Studies graduate and undergraduate students produce and publish a journal on an annual basis.

Environmental Conferences

Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability Conference:

The HOPES Conference is an annual event, held every spring by the Ecological Design Center, a student group at the University of Oregon. Inaugurated in 1994, the conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, community members, and visiting scholars to discuss the relationship between ecology and various design disciplines, and how this connection can produce sustainable solutions to contemporary problems.

The conference consists of a combination of panels, keynote speakers, workshops, exhibitions, and excursions. Past topics addressed during the conference include: environmental literacy, food sustainability issues, religion and the environment, product innovation, and biomimicry. Over the past decade the conference has brought such luminaries as Shigeru Ban, Sim Van der Ryn, Lola Sheppard, Sean Ahlquist, Neri Oxman, Carlo Ratti, Steve Badanes, Francois Roche, David Orr, John Schaeffer, Stephen Kellert, and Clare Cooper Marcus to the University of Oregon campus.


Public Interest Environmental Law Conference:

Over the last 36 years, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference has brought together thousands of activists, students, and professionals, from a diverse array of communities and cultures, to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. The 2018 conference is no exception. We are excited to unveil our theme, “Local Character, Global Vision”.

One of the main goals for PIELC 2018 is to provide a space that enables growth beyond the four-day conference. We are committed to facilitating discussions, workshops, and panels that give participants the tools and knowledge they can apply beyond this special conference. We believe that change is possible and that it comes in many forms, including but not limited to changes in the legislature and in policy both at local and global levels. We further believe that change starts with each individual making a conscious effort to better their local community resulting in a nation-wide ripple effect.

PIELC 2018 will be held on March 1-4, 2018 at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Centers, Offices, Outdoor Classrooms

Office of Sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability was established in 2007 to help set goals, monitor progress, make policy recommendations, support student, faculty, and staff initiatives, and tell the UO’s sustainability story.

Sustainability is about meeting our current resource needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Because our economy and society are dependent on a healthy environment, sustainability requires balancing economic success with environmental conservation, and social equity, also known as the triple bottom line.
Outdoor Program: 

The Outdoor Program inspires learning through student-powered outdoor adventure

Radical Organizing Activist Resource Center:

ROAR Center, formerly Survival Center, has done more than 40 years of environmental and social justice advocacy, we are a space/resource for student projects.

The Urban Farm: 

The goal of the Urban Farm is to teach students how to learn about nature through working. The class is offered spring, summer and fall terms. The activities of the Farm vary seasonally but are primarily hands-on with some lectures and field trips. Students will learn about the importance of caring for the soil, various organic gardening practices and techniques, composting, permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, and agricultural land issues.

The Student Sustainability Center

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

UO Zero Waste:

The UO Zero Waste Program is committed to: eliminating discards, reducing waste and recovering resources through waste minimization, reuse and repair, recycling and compost. The Program was founded by students in 1991 and continues to be staffed by mostly student employees. In 2012, the Program took a leap to become the UO Zero Waste Program. As the program began with recycling it has evolved to include reuse, waste reduction, composting and zero waste events. Thus, the Program has taken on a new path of zero waste.