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Southern Oregon University

Center for Sustainability

Southern Oregon University is uniquely positioned to showcase sustainability as a key campus element. Current campus resources include our on-campus recycling program, environmental studies program, sustainability leadership certificate, and the Ecology Center of the Siskiyous. 


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The “Green House” Adventure: Explorations in Sustainability and Environmental Change, which launched in Fall of 2013 further establishes SOU as a destination for students interested in exploring sustainability as a core component of their education. The SOU Center for Sustainability mobilizes new and existing resources in innovative ways to serve the emerging need for sustainability-inspired project-based expeditionary learning at Southern Oregon University.





The SOU Center for Sustainability is a living and learning laboratory for applied research and projects in sustainability. The Center serves as a community resource for sustainability education, fosters sustainable business development, promotes interconnectedness, and facilitates leadership training through thoughtful learning and practice. 


The SOU Center for Sustainability serves Southern Oregon as an interdependent hub of innovative sustainability training, leadership, and technology. Through community and industry partnership, the Center models a learning space for innovation, global citizenry, and sustainable living. The Center adds beauty to the SOU campus as a place of art, resilience, thoughtful activity, and transformation. SOU students, faculty, and staff work collectively with community leaders, children, families, businesses, neighbors, leaders, and government to train sustainability leaders through hands-on authentic solution development. The Center is a place of respect for culture and tradition that models equity, promotes ecological consciousness, and values fiscal responsibility. The innovative structure of the Center encourages service learning by providing a place for community-based problem solving, civic agriculture designed to alleviate food insecurity, and an explicit focus on synergistic partnerships.


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