Get Involved! 

“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.

Sustainability Committee Meetings

Next Sustainability Committee Meeting is Friday, February 18, 2022 in Coats Campus Center Room 116. Email the co-chair, Dana Christensen or Contact Noelle Bell Copley, Sustainability Coordinator, for more information.

Meetings for 2022 Winter and Spring terms will be held Fridays, March 11, April 15 and May 13th from 1:00-2:00pm in the Coats Campus Center Room 116.

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

In Wille Hall from 3-5:30pm, for the COCC event more details to come.


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.

Local Events

Check out local event calenders from these amazing organizations:

Deschutes Land Trust

The Environmental Center

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Deschutes River Conservancy