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Sustainability Committee Meetings

We have no more meetings planned for Fall term 2023-24. Will post when Winter term meetings are scheduled.

Sustainability Trainings and Events 

Past events

Commute Options Get There Challenge is October 1-15, join a team to log trips and earn prizes.

350Deschutes Go Clean Energy Conference is open to all COCC staff, faculty and students for free! Wednesday, October 4th, 8:30-4:30 in Wille Hall. Register at

Join Commute Options Walk + Roll Challenge May 8-19 to log trips and earn prizes.

Join COCC and Commute Options when you walk, bus or roll to school and work on May 11th, come to the tent in front of Campus Center 11am-1pm for giveaways and prizes! 

2023Bike Mayhem poster

Worldwide Climate Action Teach-In April 19th 1:30-5:30pm on Bend campus, Wille Hall in Coats Campus Center. Free

The biggest threat to our future is thinking that someone else will solve the climate crisis. Learn about local actions and get involved. Climate action is the theme, featuring a lineup of climate-focused talks and breakout sessions from the college and the community, including the city of Bend, the Environmental Center and Oregon State University-Cascades, The Nature Conservancy and more.  Info booths will provide resources for engagement. 

April 21, 2023 The Clothing Connection Fashion Show celebrating reuse in honor of Earth Day. Shows at 3pm and 7pm!

April 26, 2023 ~ Saving local trees from the American Hornet Moth ~Coats Campus Center room 116, 12:30-2pm

American Hornet Moth pest control; specific to aspen, poplars and willow tree health. We have this issue in aspens next to Coats campus center. 1 hour event with a Lecture by Bret Michalski in the conference room and a workshop to look at aspens right outside on the lower south side of the building. Campus walk by Forestry club optional following lecture and workshop. A Tree Campus USA Arbor Day Foundation event.

April 26, 2023 Spring Repair Café at OSU-Cascades 5:30-7:30pm free

Connecting people with broken stuff to people who like to fix stuff! This event will also include a free second-hand clothing exchange! Remaining items will be donated to The Clothing Connection.

Central Oregon Residence Hall Energy Challenge February 2023-2nd annual

Who can conserve more energy — Beavers or Bobcats? For the month of February energy use at Wickiup residence hall was compared to OSU-Cascades residence hall. Winner was OSU-C who got a pizza party! But the real winner is the earth, of course. By creating more energy efficient habits, everybody wins!

WOHESC Conference March 6-8, 2023

Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference was in Corvallis this year. ASCOCC sponsored 8 students to attend! 

January 31, Tuesday: Waste Watch at COCC
Redmond campus in RTEC 124 10am-noon. Got recycling questions? Got waste? Join other COCC sustainbility leaders in building a coalition of environmentally-conscious ambassadors. Learn more about recycling in Central OR and get waste reduction tips.Waste Watch January 2023

February 14, Tuesday: Waste Watch at COCC 

Waste Watch at COCC as part of the
Community Education Tuesdays at 2pm lecture series.     
What better way to spend Valentine's Day :)


November 18, Friday: Greening your Holidays (or HoliDAZE!?!) Sustainability in sips cookie and coffee hour. Coats Campus Center 116 10-11:30am. There are so many reasons to celebrate and give gifts in the upcoming season with many gatherings from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Come hear from students on everything from how to talk to climate skeptics (relatives and friends), hosting zero waste events and tips on environmentally-friendly gift-giving.


September 22, Thursday: Come chat at the Sustainability table at the COCC club and resource fair

September 30, Friday: Waste Watch training. Join other interested COCC sustainability leaders in building a coalition of environmentally conscious ambassadors. Coats Campus Center room 116, 10am-noon. Space is limited, please RSVP: or 541-383-7779.

October 1, Saturday noon-2pm: Pollinator Garden planting! Come out to help plant the COCC community garden path! pollinatorevent

Go Clean Energy Conference   Thursday, October 6, 2022 Wille Hall, Free for staff and students!   Join individuals, businesses and government discover opportunties in clean energy, efficiency, sustainability, electric mobility and green jobs. 

Sign up for the Get There Challenge (October 3-16). Challenge participants can take actions to unlock a variety of experience, knowledge, and skill-building achievements in Get There Connect to earn points toward weekly and grand prizes. You can learn more about the Get There Challenge here.


October 11, Tuesday: Bike the Butte, partnering with Commute Options for alternatives to driving and bike promoting. Join us on the Health Careers Center patio from 11am-1pm for treats, coffee, e-bike demos, ride the love bike and more!

Local Events

Check out local event calendars from these amazing organizations:

Deschutes Land Trust

The Environmental Center

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Deschutes River Conservancy

Discover Your Forest

OSU Extension Gardening resources

Past Events

COCC Bike MAYhem!

Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Coats Campus Center


Earth Day Plant Sale and Seed Swap

April 22, 2022 1-4pm.

garden club plant sale

Earth Day Fashion Show

April 22, 2022 at 2pm. Celebrating Reuse & The Clothing Connection

earth day fashion show

“Braiding Sweetgrass” book groups 

Join the Sustainability Committee book group on Fridays at 12:30-1:30pm. There are multiple book group options throughout Central Oregon that will be meeting January to March through the Season of Nonviolence.

WOHESC Conference March 3 & 4, 2022

Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is all virtual this year. Check out the program schedule and if you would like to view with other attendees, please contact Noelle.

Thursday, March 3rd 3:30-5:30pm will be a special screening of YOUTH v GOV, which is the story of America's youth taking on the world's most powerful government. Since 2015, twenty-one plaintiffs, now ages 13 to 24, have been suing the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, personal safety, and property through their willful actions in creating the climate crisis they will inherit. But YOUTH v GOV is about more than just a lawsuit. It is the story of empowered youth finding their voices and fighting to protect their rights and our collective future. This is a revolution designed to hold those in power accountable for the past and responsible for a sustainable future. And many of the movement's leaders aren't even old enough to vote. Yet!

Season of Nonviolence

All 2022 Programming

Climate Justice as Freedom 

Julie Sze, Ph.D.

Julie Sze, Ph.D. - Professor of American Studies, UC Davis and Founding Director, Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment

Thursday, March 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST  - Virtual presentation  
FREE and OPEN to the public. Register here.
Live captioning will be available. One registration per viewing device please.

Julie Sze, Ph.D. believes that climate justice is a freedom struggle: one involving both negative and positive freedoms. Climate justice activists use the term “frontline” to make issues of race, class, indigeneity, citizenship, and gender more prominent and to highlight the disparities of who is most impacted and most responsible. Sze will discuss how frontline climate justice movements focus on well-informed radical hope and visions that help bring us into an emancipatory future.

About Julie Sze, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Sze received her doctorate from New York University in American Studies. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Studies Association and the UC Humanities Research Institute. Sze’s book, Noxious New York:The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). She has authored and co-authored 39 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics and has given talks in China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy.

Climate Teach-In March 30, 2022

Watch the recording. Modeled after the Worldwide event by Bard University.


The New Climate War:

The fight to take back our planet by Michael Mann Pennsylvania State University March 31 6:30pm Riverhouse.

Central Oregon Residence Hall Energy Challenge February 2022

It's on! Who will conserve more energy — Beavers or Bobcats? We'll find out in Central Oregon's first-ever residence hall energy challenge.