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Welcome to the University of Oregon Campus Zero Waste Program. The Program was founded by students in 1991 and continues to be staffed by mostly student employees. In 2012, the Program took a leap to become the Campus Zero Waste Program. As the program began with recycling it has evolved to include reuse, waste reduction, composting and zero waste events. Thus, the Program has taken on a new path of zero waste.

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It's time to get excited for EARTH WEEK 2015! We have over 26 events planned during the week of Earth Day.
(Monday, April 20th to Saturday, April 25th). Please join us in the week of celebration!  

Full Earth Week schedule: http://coalition.uoregon.edu/earthweek/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1634144950155218/

If you want to attend and assist with events and need some volunteer hours, look no further!
The Student Sustainability Coalition is recruiting volunteers to help facilitate Earth Week events.
If you are interested, please go take a look at the volunteer positions we have available 
and sign up at http://coalition.uoregon.edu/earthweek/volunteers/.

Got 30 minutes to spare? Give back! We have 30-minute volunteer positions!
There will be two "pedal power" bicycles that will need students to bike on to continue the electricity used to power the music!
Do your part in saving the planet this spring! All volunteers will receive a reusable water bottle!

Highlighted events:

Monday 4/20: Documentary Screening: Growing Cities from 6-8PM in Willamette 100
Join Just Food to kick of Earth Week with a documentary about urban agriculture in the United States. Optional discussion after!

Tuesday 4/21: Internship and Job Search Workshop  from 3:30-4:45PM in Willamette 112
In order to be successful at finding an internship or job, you will need to use multiple strategies. Come learn what these strategies are and some tips on how to approach them. We will also show some online resources that may help you in your search process. Sponsored by the UO Career Center.

Wednesday 4/22: Earth Day Celebration from 10AM-2PM at the EMU Amphitheater
Come celebrate the Earth with your campus and community! Forty local businesses, student groups, campus departments, and community organizations will be tabling with fun, interactive activities and free merchandise or food/beverage samples. There will be bike-powered music provided by KWVA, a photo booth, raffles, and more activities. Undergraduate Studies’s Analog U event and LiveMove’s Park-In Day event coincide with the Celebration and will be within sight of it.

Thursday 4/23: Earth Week Keynote: Acknowledging the Rights of Mother Earth with Tom Goldtooth from 6-7:30PM in the EMU Ballroom
The Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, an organization fighting for the rights of indigenous communities and environmental and economic justice, asks the world to reevaluate our relationship with Mother Earth. He encourages us to stop destroying, privatizing, and commodifying our land, air, and water and to instead reconnect with these elements spiritually in a more respectful, sustainable way. Presentation is free and open to the public. Reception will held after from 7:30-9PM in the Many Nations Longhouse. Food will be provided.

Saturday 4/25: BicyClean from 9AM-1PM - 1225 E 18th Ave
Come one, come all to the second annual BicyClean. The Outdoor Program will be working in small teams to sustainably clear every mile of the main bike paths around Eugene by bicycle. Come make new bike friends, eat delicious snacks, and win fun raffle prizes! Sign up online for free at the Outdoor Program website. Must be a current UO student or OP co-op member to participate.

Hi Zero Wasters,
The Spring Street Faire is coming up soon, and we can use your help to make it a zero waste event!

Volunteer at the Spring Street Faire!
May 6th-9th. in the heart of U of O Campus, 13th Ave. & University St.

The UO Campus Zero Waste Program has diverted as much as 85% of waste from the landfill at previous Street Faires.
We could not do this without the help of our excellent volunteers. Volunteering gives you an opportunity to take in the Street Faire
while helping educate faire-goers and students about sorting and zero waste.

To volunteer, follow this link to the sign-up sheet: http://www.tinyurl.com/ASUOStreetFaire
Contact Phil Chesbro: (541) 346-2354 or eMail

Check out the UO Zero Waste Program Facebook Page

available to set-up at campus events!

Contact Campus Operations Customer Service with your campus index,

to order these for your event! 541-346-2319


  • there are two units available
  • a hose is attached inside each unit and water is supplied from water hook-ups located throughout campus
  • cost for set-up and take down is based on current per hour labor charge-out rate from Campus Operations.
  • set-up and take down include:  hauling from storage, siting the units for the event by a water source, hook-up and flushing with a bleach solution prior to use, take apart of equipment, hauling and storage.  This can take between 3-4 hours each depending on ease of set-up.  Use of 2 reduces costs except in the set-up as each one would be set-up separately
  • any damage to units incurred at event will be responsibility of the event
  • set-up costs for all events is labor intensive

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We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Just Eat It is a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia's Knowledge Network.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story April 22, 10 p.m. ET on msnbc.


Games for kids to play

Project Polar Bear
Project Polar Bear is a way for small teams of young people
and groups/classrooms to collectively make a big difference!
The bi-national contest challenges young leaders to develop community projects that reduce the
carbon dioxide load in the atmosphere.
especially those that engage and sustain community action.

Check out the UO "Don't Kill Polar Bears" section.


Plastics Recycling: You’re Doing it Wrong.
And So is Everybody Else!

Don't Kill Polar Bears

Bottled Water Campaign

Smart Paper Choices

Lane County Master Recycler Program

Reduce Reuse Repair




Reuse & Repair Network

Repair and Reuse — Recycle Later

The grassroots repair and fixit movement


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