Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.90
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Taylor McHolm
Prog. Dir Student Sustainbility CTR
Student Life
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

University of Oregon has multiple student groups focused on diverse aspects of sustainability. We are justifiably proud of the depth and breadth of our students' interests, passion, and leadership. Student groups include:

Cimate Justice League: The mission of the Climate Justice League is to empower students to organize their communities and be leaders in the climate justice movement. By using targeted campaigns, we will work together toward a safe, just and sustainable future for all. https://uoregon.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/climate-justice-league

LiveMove: The University of Oregon Transportation and Livability Student Group 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. Recently, LiveMove has completed a project redesigning 13th Avenue with a two way cycletrack, which the City of Eugene is now considering implementing. https://uoregon.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/livemove-university-of-oregon-transportation-and-livability-student-group

Net Impact: Net Impact's mission is to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world. It has undergraduate and graduate student chapters. https://uoregon.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/net-impact-undergraduate-chapter

Students for Global Health: SGH is a student group at the University of Oregon devoted to learning about and taking action against poverty-linked healthcare issues across the world. The group meets regularly to learn about these problems and raise money or develop action against them.https://uoregon.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/students-for-global-health

Oregon State Public Interest Research Group: OSPIRG was established by students to animate the university’s mission – to research problems that impact all Oregonians, educate the public and advocate for solutions. We do this by combining the energy of students with the expertise and continuity of a professional staff of advocates and organizers who work both on and off campus to advocate for the public. https://ospirgstudents.org/chapters/uo/

Greeks Go Green: The Greeks Go Green Program is a coalition of sustainability chairs within fraternities and sororities. They meet regularly to discuss service opportunities and waste management strategies for their houses and Greek life. https://emu.uoregon.edu/student-organizations

Envision Magazine

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Urban Farm, a program of the Landscape Architecture Department, has been in operation since 1976. It serves as an educational model for productive urban land use, where people can grow food, work together, take care of the land, and build community. The 1.5 acre farm is a place that integrates biological, ecological, economic, and social concerns. The farm’s goal is to teach students how to learn about nature through gardening. Classes are offered in spring, summer, and fall terms. Activities vary seasonally but are primarily hands-on with some lectures and field trips. Students learn about the importance of caring for the soil, various organic gardening practices, composting, permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, and agricultural land issues. Other departments take advantage of the Urban Farm: sociology and biology students use the area to study bee populations, while art students use the natural space as a place to draw. The food grown in the garden goes to students working in the garden, is donated to the local food bank, or sold to support the farm’s efforts. https://urbanfarm.uoregon.edu/

The Grove Community Garden is open to students to grow plants and connect with other people who are passionate about gardening. The Student Sustainability Center hosts a seed library that supports the Grove and other student gardening projects. https://emu.uoregon.edu/grovegarden

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Associated Students of University of Oregon (ASUO) is the student government. It collects fees totaling approximately $16 million annually and funds a range of student-run programs. These include food security initiatives, a childcare facility, safe ride home program, cultural events center, bus-pass, and many more programs. http://catalog.uoregon.edu/studentservices/asuo/

The Oregon Consulting Group provides consulting services to non-profits, businesses, and governmental entities, allowing students the opportunity to use their academic skills in real-world contexts. While not overtly focused on sustainability, OCG frequently takes-on sustainability-related projects due to UO's expertise in the sustainable business practices as well as Oregon's culture of continues improvement around sustainability: https://business.uoregon.edu/ug/experiential/oregon-consulting-group

Envision Magazine was founded in November 2011 by five undergraduate students at the University of Oregon. Since then, it has become the fastest-growing publication on campus. Envision is fully student-run (funded by ASUO) and the only environmentally focused publication on campus. Envision strives to be a crucial part of the environmental conversation on campus, in Lane County and in the Pacific Northwest. Get experience with writing, publishing, design, and more. https://www.envisionuo.com/

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The UO Student Sustainability Fund is grant funding awarded by students to fund student projects and initatives. It requires student submitters to prepare a proposal and financial budget for their work plan. The review commitee reviews the proposals to gauge sustainability metrics and the financial impact of the project. https://emu.uoregon.edu/student-organizations

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest of its kind. The Conference historically unites more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and concerned citizens from over 50 countries around the globe to share their experience and expertise. The Conference is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water (LAW), a student environmental law society at the University of Oregon School of Law, and is co-sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water (FLAW), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

The Center for Environmental Futures, Climate Justice League, and the Student Sustainability Center have all held cultural arts events, installations, and performances focused on sustainability. For example, the Student Sustainability Center and the Center for Environmental Futures supported "Se’Si’Le Snake River to the Salish Sea - Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey to a Solution" https://cef.uoregon.edu/totem-pole-journey/

This is one example among the dozens, if not hundreds, of art events, installations, and performances that happen on the UO campus each year that are directly focused on sustainability.

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Outdoor Pursuits Program offers a comprehensive selection of courses for academic credit, and is a component of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation. It offers exploration, adventure and expert instruction in a wide range of outdoor activities. OPP courses are fun, exciting, challenging, and are designed to help develop the skills and knowledge needed for safe, responsible participation in outdoor activities. Their gateway course, WILDERNESS SURVIVAL, must be taken prior to participating in their backcountry courses. https://opp.uoregon.edu/

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

The Environmental Leaders Academic Residential Community (ARC) is a living-learning community for first-year students who understand the importance of environmental sustainability and want to work proactively on solutions to the challenges of our time. The Environmental Leaders engage residents with student and community leaders so that they can explore sustainability and make steps towards a healthier planet.

Several UO First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) focus on sustainability, environment, and/or social justice, providing a rich academic and community experience for first-year students: https://fyp.uoregon.edu/current-fig-options

The Common Reading selection for AYs 21-22 and 22-23 is Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass, which facilitated a two-year-long, campus-wide engagement with environmental justice, food and agricultural sustainability, indigenous experience and indigeneity, and social justice. https://commonreading.uoregon.edu/

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Student Sustainability Center routinely holds workshops that offer guidance on living sustainably both on and off campus. Previous workshops have included at home composting, sustainable cleaning practices, reusable menstrual products, sustainable transportation options, and at home gardening.

The Environmental Leaders Academic Residential Community is a first-year residential program where students live together and learn about sustainability together.

The Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement provides students with numerous opportunities for personal growth and leadership. HLC offers numerous co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives including service learning, alternative breaks, and community volunteering. All of these options have sustainability themed opportunities. https://holden.uoregon.edu/

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Student Sustainability Center employs eleven Student Project Coordinators. The Student Project Coordinator position gives graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to lead sustainability projects on campus and in the community. These projects include surveying the water fountain infrastructure on campus, coordinating educational events, and conducting cost-benefit analysis for campus departments.

The UO Zero Waste Program employs 25-30 undergraduate students each year, and provides hands-on experiences for students through jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and class projects. https://cpfm.uoregon.edu/zerowaste

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):


A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

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