About Us

Our vision: The SSC empowers all students to be keepers of an interdependent, healthy, regenerative world.

 

Our mission: To be an accessible hub that integrates sustainability with the student experience through transformational learning opportunities.

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Reports and Plans: 

Selected SSC student accomplishments and campaigns:

  • - Launched Mug Runners program to redistribute reusable mugs and bottles from PSU's computer labs

  • - Started Victors in Ondine composting program

  • - Began battery recycling in residence halls

  • - Created the PSU Oak Savanna

  • - Supported launch of the PSU Orchard

  • - Donated 110 lbs of campus-grown produce to the PSU Food Pantry in 2016

  • - Launched the Divest PSU campaign to switch PSU's investments away from fossil fuels

  • - Provided feedback about the student experience to the Institute for Sustainable Solutions

  • - Students have presented at many conferences, including the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC)

  • - Launched Shades of Green podcast on KPSU

  • - Created Social Sustainability Month

Timeline

All SSC programs and activities have been developed with support and feedback by student participants and the PSU community.

2008 - Students from across campus, including the Student Sustainability Leadership Council, advocated for a student-focused sustainability engagement program when PSU received the Miller Foundation Challenge Grant.

2009 - The Student Sustainability Center launched with financial support through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

2010 - EcoReps and Sustainability Volunteer Program launch.

2011 - Created learning outcomes and assessment plan to measure impact and learning of our programs and activities.

2012 - First quarterly field trip is hosted.

2014 - SSC completed an extensive strategic planning process that charted future growth through 2019.

2015 - The SSC became a new fee funded area with support from the Student Fee Committee.

2016 - Began reporting to Student Activities and Leadership Programs and moved to centrally-located office in Smith Student Union.

2018 - SSC received approval to begin managing the former Community Garden space at SW 12th and Montgomery

2019 - SSC partnered with the Student Community Engagement Center to launch the new Hub for Service in Sustainability