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Resources for Undergraduate Students

Student Environmental Organizations and Engagement Opportunities

UO-Based Student Environmental Organizations and Clubs

Student organizations are a great way to meet people with similar interests, create networks, and gain experience in organizing and advocacy,

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. Email: climatechangesux@gmail.com

Coalition Against Environmental Racism: CAER is a student organization committed to bridging the gap between the struggle for social and environmental equality.

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.

CMiS: Community for minorities in STEM

Design For America (DFA)– Design for America is an interdisciplinary, ASUO recognized club using the human centered design process to address social issues in our community!

Envision Journalism: Student run publication with a mission to “give people the information they need to live healthy, greener lives”.

Greeks Go Green– Increasing the sustainability of the University of Oregon’s Fraternity and Sorority Life!

Insurgent– Consensus organized student journalistic endeavor. We are a radical publication that seeks to deconstruct the existing social order and facilitate its replacement with one which is ecologically sound and functions on egalitarian lines. 

Just Food Student Coalition: A community for UO students interested in food justice and wish to engage, discuss, and participate in events surrounding the food system.

LiveMove: Brings together undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to focus on the planning and design of transportation systems as they relate to community quality of life and livability. (We have a general bias towards active and public transportation.)

Net Impact: An international non-profit organization for students and professionals interested in combining sustainability strategies with business.

Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG): Student led and student funded nonprofit that works on campaigns that affect all people in Oregon. Chapter meetings are in Condon 201, every Thursday at 7pm.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: dedicated to fostering the success of  scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science

Student Labor Action Project (SLAP): UO chapter of network of student groups across the country that work on economic social justice issues.

Students for Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice in Bolivia: Works collaboratively with indigenous communities in Bolivia, both in person and remotely, to support indigenous rights, environmental justice, gender empowerment, sustainability and autonomy.

Supporting the Advancement of Diversity in Design: Strives to support a community for the advancement of underrepresented groups and the promotion of diversity in the fields of architecture and design.

Radical Organizing and Activism Resource (R.O.A.R.) Center: A space and resource for student led projects at the intersection of social justice and environmental activism. Located in the EMU, it is open daily, as well as weekly organizers meetings.

UO Student Sustainability Network: A Facebook group for collaboration between all student groups that are working to improve human equity, environmental vitality, and economic well-being on this campus and beyond. Post about upcoming events, ideas, or anything else your group needs help with!

Centers, Offices, Outdoor Classrooms

Student Sustainability Center: Located in the EMU, the sustainability center is open to student sustainable initiatives. It also houses a seed library, and is involved in the Grove community garden where UO students can get an annual gardening plot for $25 fee.   

Outdoor Program: Student-led outdoor trips, bike classes, bike repairs, and gear rentals.

Urban Farm: An outdoor classroom teaching urban farming techniques! LA 390 Urban Farm is a four-credit class where students can work on the campus farm and fulfill the Area 3B Sustainable Design and Practice Elective environmental major requirement.

Zero Waste: Campus service working to eliminate waste and create waste reduction initiatives such a Greeks Go Green. Zero Waste also offers campus jobs.

Annual Events

Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability Conference: Annual student-run events with discussion on ecology and design. Weekly planning meetings are open to students.

Public-Interest Environmental Law Conference: Annual 4-day conference held at the UO Law school offering conferences and key notes speakers. Cost is free for UO students.

Local Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get job experience and connect to the local community. Here are some local organizations doing environmental work that often have availability for UO students looking to volunteer:

Academic Help

Research Resources

The library system at the U of O provides some great places to start your research process, whether for a class paper, thesis, or independent project.

Scholarship and Research Grants Opportunities

UO Scholarships and Fellowships to Fund Undergraduate Research

National and International Environmental Scholarships

General UO Scholarship and Fellowship Resources

UO Student Basic Need Resources

The University of Oregon recognizes that student success is impacted by unmet basic needs, such as food security and housing security. There are campus and community resources intended to support your well-being!

Environmental Career Resources

Here are some job data basis where environmentally-focused openings may be posted.

Career Listings – Government

  • Living Science Web (USDA) – food, agricultural, and natural resource system careers.
  • USA Jobs – official govt. site for jobs and employment information provided by the Office of Personnel Management. Available for all federal agencies.
  • Peace Corps – “the toughest job you’ll ever love!”

Career Listings – Non-Profit

  • American Conservation Experience – non-profit youth conservation corps dedicated to providing service learning opportunities for emerging land managers and conservation-minded volunteers in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings.
  • Idealist.org – non-profit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Environmental Defense Fund – full-time and part-time jobs listed by city, internships too!
  • Global Volunteer Network – volunteer on environmental projects in Ecuador, New Zealand, and Thailand.
  • Greenforce – runs biodiversity surveys in international countries, with assistance from host universities.
  • National Wildlife Federation Conservation Career Gateway – devoted to the conservation of wildlife.
  • Northwest Youth Corps – provides opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. Programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. NYC programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement.
  • RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) Program – live and work in rural Oregon’s resource-dependent communities, helping to improve economic and environmental conditions.
  • Student Conservation Association – careers in renewable energy industries.
  • VolunteerMatch – Volunteer listings and opportunities in your local area.

Career Listings – Professional Societies (These are also good links for career information, conferences, etc.)

Career, Internship and Graduate School Guides (not necessarily listings)