Current Events

Clothing Connection Earth Day Fashion Show
Students and staff will take to the fashion runway in honor of Earth Day during COCC’s annual Clothing Connection Fashion Show, with more than 25 models walking Friday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The event is a benefit for a free service that provides school and work clothing to students of COCC and Oregon State University-Cascades (OSU-Cascades).

Arbor Day at COCC
The Ponderosa Pine is more than just a tall tree; it is a symbol of resilience, adaptability, and natural beauty. Join us at the COCC Barber Library April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for Arbor Day. Day will include music, snacks, conversation and hands on education.

May Walk + Roll by Commute Options
Bike MAYhem Walk + Role by Commute Options. Log trips when you walk, scoot, or bike to win prizes!

Sustainable Move Out!
June 4 through 14 Sustainable Move Out! Wickiup residents will move out by June 14. Donate and shop our reuse store the 2 weeks before.


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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.

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.

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.

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.


Interest in other local community events? Check out these local event calendars from these amazing organizations:
Deschutes Land Trust
The Environmental Center
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Deschutes River Conservancy