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America Recycles Day

Tuesday, November 11, 11am-1pm

Stevenson Union

Come take the Recycle Pledge and make a fun craft using the pocket of old jeans! Bring your own pair or use one donated by Goodwill. This event will also kickstart a prize-filled scavenger hunt run through the SOU Recycling Facebook page! Like us now to learn more and join in the fun!


3rd Annual Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 22, 11am-1pm

SU Courtyard 

SOU’s Sustainability Program is proud to host Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) this Wednesday, October 22nd.  This event is an opportunity for us to celebrate SOU's commitment to sustainability, not only as a concept, but as a way of life.  
Campus Sustainability Day
Come join us between 11:00 and 1:00 PM at the student union for games, the farm stand, and the Drive Less Challenge celebration.



Past Events

Resilient Campuses & Communities

2013 Campus Sustainability Day Keynote Broadcast

 Wednesday, October 23rd 11:00am-12:30pm

SU 330

Campus Sustainability Day Logo 
The theme for this year's Campus Sustainability Day - a national day of celebrating sustainability on campuses across the country and globe - is Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities
Join the Keynote Broadcast for a discussion from higher education leaders on the role of campuses in adapting to a changing climate, innovation in climate resilience, and advancing community partnerships. The broadcast will feature presentations and a discussion from college presidents and other leaders in climate resilience on the leadership imperative for higher education on this topic, and practical issues related to addressing both opportunity and responsibility in a changing climate.
David Hales (Moderator) President, Second Nature
Jim Buizer, Professor and Director for Climate Adaptation & International Development, University of Arizona (AZ)
President Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College (GA)
President Mariko Silver, Bennington College (VT)



Health & Sustainability Workshop : Garlic Growing

Thursday, October 31st 12:30pm-1:20pm

SU 315

ECOS Garlic Workshop



"A Fierce Green Fire" Film Showing

Wednesday, November 13th 8:00pm

Meese Auditorium (in the Art Building)

FREE, Open to the public

Hosted by ECOS, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

Find out more about the film at


Rogue Valley Earth Day 2013

Saturday, April 20th 11am-4pm

ScienceWorks Museum Grounds (1500 E. Main St, Ashland)Rogue Valley Earth Day Poster

Rogue Valley Earth Day is a joyful, annual celebration for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting. Admission is free. 

  • Visit over 70 Exhibits to learn about energy conservation, solid waste reduction, local food and farms, green products and building materials, renewable electricity sources, transportation alternatives, and much more.
  • Enjoy Live Entertainment & Activities throughout the day.
  • Walk, bike, carpool or ride the free Shuttle to the event.
  • Help make Rogue Valley Earth Day possible with your Sponsorship.
  • Volunteer: Helping hands needed. Please contact or call 541.482.6767.
  • Join the first Zero Waste event in the region (see below).
  • Southern Oregon Goodwill's "UPcycled Fashion & Furniture Contest" — View the flyer (PDF) 
    Complete the Entry Form.

UPcycled Fashion & Furniture ContestUPcycled Contest Flyer

Saturday, April 20th 11am-Noon

Part of Rogue Valley Earth Day at ScienceWorks

Students show off your creativity, earn community hours, and vie for prizes.

UPcycled Fashion = giving unwanted garments or household items a repurposed, second life by converting them into a new wearable fashion or functional art.

UPcycled Fashion Show = showing off your creative twist on second-life fashion on the runway at the 2013 Rogue Valley Earth Day celebration at ScienceWorks Museum on Saturday, April 20!

Judge's favorite from each age group category will win prizes! Crowd favorite entry from runway show and display at Earth Day event will also win prizes.

Earth Day 2013 Poster

SOU Earth Week Celebration: "The Faces of Climate Change"

Earth Day Fair

Monday, April 22nd 11am-2pm

Stevenson Union Courtyard

 In the Courtyard from 11-2 there will be information about environmental and sustainability efforts on and off campus, a smoothie bike, a Native American drum ceremony, acoustic music and an interactive eco-art project.

At 12:45pm President Mary Cullinan will speak to SOU's sustainability efforts.

1pm-1:30pm Don't miss this workshop on "The Importance of Bees" with Bee Girl.


Earth Week Workshops

Earth Day Flyer 2013

Tuesday 23rd 12:30-1:20

Small Space Gardening  (SU 319)

What We Can Do About Climate Change (SU 306)

Wednesday 24th 12:30-1:20

 A Rogue Climate in Our Valley (SU 330)

Re-Imagine SOU with the Sustainability Coalition (SU 319)

Thursday 25th 12:30-1:20

The Time Co-op: Learn how to exchange services without money (SU 319)

Recycling 101: How Recycling Works at SOU (SU 330)



RecycleMania! Winter Term EventsRecycleMania Logo

Recycle Relay

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


SU Courtyard

We will be serving tasty hot apple cider to warm you up inside as you race to recycle.  Sharpen your recycling skills while you compete for great prizes like gift certificates to the SOU Bookstore, local movie theatres, and other great merchandise.

ECOS Winter Film Series: "Wasteland"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Meese Auditorium

Join us in learning about the largest landfill in the world in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and how there can be beauty and life that comes from even the ugliest of places. Light snacks will be served from 5:30-6:00. After the film take part in a discussion about the topics addressed in the film, and enjoy the art on display of SOU students and Ashland community members.

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

Recycling Scavenger HuntScavenger Hunt Poster

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


SU Rogue River Room

What do food, fun, prizes and a little detective work all have in common?  These are all the elements of the Student Union Recycling Scavenger Hunt.  You and your friends will put your detective skills to work deciphering the clues that will take you on a hunt for the answers to life’s recycling challenges.  Ten clues and 10 challenges are at hand and the team who is fastest and most creative will win the grand prize.  Also enjoy a pizza on us!

Register your team of 2-4!

Resident Life Recycling Week

Greensprings: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 4pm-6pm

Cascade: Friday, February 1, 2013 5pm-7pm

We will bring the fun, games and prizes right to your doorstep.  RecycleMania begins Sunday, February 3rd, and what better way to get ready to kick some recycling butt nationwide, than to learn all you can about recycling. But instead of boring lectures and note taking there will be games, prizes and free food to help you on your way to recycling greatness.

Face of RecycleMania

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


SU Foyer

Learn all about the “mania” in RecycleMania, the nationwide university recycling challenge.  For the first time SOU will join in this competition of more than 500 schools in the U.S. and Canada for the title of Grand Champion of Recycling.  Want to earn the title of RecycleManiac and win the SOU RecycleMania Grand Prize by attending 4 or more RecycleMania events?  Like us on our Facebook page and stay tuned for all of the RecycleMania events and prizes throughout winter term.

Be My Valentine Workshop

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


ECOS, SU 105

Have a special someone that you want to give that special something to on Valentine’s Day?  Here is your chance to create something from your heart and give a big hug to the planet as well.  What do discarded folders, scraps of colorful tissue paper, glitter, wine corks, and hot glue have in common?  With just a little imagination they can be used to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine for that special someone.

Recycling Workshop

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


SU 105

Do the rules of recycling confuse and aggravate you?  Here is your chance to clear the air and learn all you can about the ins and outs of recycling on campus and in Ashland.  There will be student Recycling Specialists on hand to answer all of your recycling questions and to walk you through the important recycling do's and don'ts.  Also learn a little about SOU’s recycling program and all of the hard work put into making the recycling program successful.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013


SU Foyer

Do you have a killer jump shot; do you fly like the wind across the court?  Well you don’t have to be Michael Jordan to win this ball game, you just need to put your recycling skills to the test and make some easy shots into the right hoops.  Is it recycling or trash, shoot it, score it and win some great prizes.

Recycling Jeopardy

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


SU Foyer

Think you know your recycling facts and figures?  Test your skills, score big and win great prizes!  Or are you having a recycling conundrum? Here is your chance to learn all about recycling on campus and win a prize just for playing. This is also your last chance to turn in your RecycleManiac event punch card for the RecycelManiac Grand Prize!

 Sustainability & Health Workshop Series

Co-hosted by the Health Promotion Office and ECOS, this series will focus on the health benefits of certain foods and easy ways to produce them at home. All workshops are held in SU 319 from 12:30-1:30.  Free!

January 15 - Sprouting 101 (Visit our Facebook event page)


February 5 - Fermented Foods


February 19 - Kombucha


March 5 - ECOS Garden 101 (grow your own!)


Free Yoga w/Molly

Every Tuesday in November 12:30pm-1:20pm

In Diversions in the SU basement

Join us for an all-levels accessible yoga class exploring meditation, breathing, and movement.

Help support our Student Food Pantry by bringing an item to donate! Contact or the WRC for the donation bin list.

No experience or mats required!
All levels and all genders welcome!

(Bring your own mat mat if you have one, however mats are not necessary to participate)



Recycled Craft Series

Wednesday, November 14th 3:30pm-5:30pm     &

November 28th 3:30pm-5:30pm

In ECOS (SU 105)

Turn trash into crafts! Learn how to crochet with plastic, make your own stamps, and create your own up-cycled jewelry!

All are welcome!

Contact Clare for more information at





America Recycles Day!America Recycles Day

Thursday, November 15th 11:00am-2:00pm

Stevenson Union Foyer

Come join us in the SU Foyer for some fun recycling games (and prizes!) and to take the recycling pledge! Want to get involved? Contact SOU Recycling or call 541-552-8139.


Bill Bradbury presents Climate Reality

Thursday, November 15th 6:30pm-8:00pm

Stevenson Union 330

 ECOS, GEOS and KS Wild are proudly co-sponsoring an evening with Bill Bradbury entitled "Climate Reality: Connecting the dots between our extreme weather, Oregon's energy needs and the global reality of a warming climate."

Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury Bill Bradbury, a dynamic and engaging public speaker, was first elected as a State Representative in 1980. For fourteen years he served in the Oregon Legislature, representing the southern Oregon coast. He was elected to the State Senate in 1984, where he was elected Senate Majority Leader in 1986 and Senate President in 1993. From 1999-2009 Bill served as Oregon's Secretary of State.

Bill's career has focused on environmental protection and economic development. He worked to pass legislation to establish Small Business Development Centers at community colleges and he developed the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). Billwas also responsible for first implementing Oregon's hugely successful vote by mail system.

Bill was a member of Al Gore's first "An Inconvenient Truth" training team and has given more than 300 presentations throughout Oregon.  Bradbury was appointed to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in 2010 as one of two Representatives from Oregon.

For details contact Suzanne: 503-515-5874.


Make a Difference Day

Saturday, October 27th 9:00am-2:00pm

Join the Civic Engagement Program this Saturday, October 27 from 9:00-2:00 for our largest Make a Difference Day yet!  All participants will receive breakfast, lunch, transportation and a shirt.  Five sites to choose from.  FREE!

For more details and to register (required), please visit:



Campus Sustainability Day


Wednesday, October 24th

SOU’s Sustainability Program is proud to host Campus Sustainability Day (CSD) on October 24, 2012.  This event aims to educate the campus community about the diversity of sustainability-related topics.  We hope to have a full day of activities, showcasing important issues ranging from personal health to environmental degradation to economic resiliency.  

CSD is an opportunity for us to celebrate SOU's committment to sustainability, not only as a concept, but as a way of life. Several campus and community groups will be highlighting the ways they contribute to SOU Sustainability from 11am-1pm in the SU foyer.

Please contact Brittany Depew or Roxane Beigel-Coryell for more information.

Green + Solar Homes Tour

Saturday, October 13th 9:00am - 3:00pm

Find out how solar energy can  be used to power and heat your home and water, and how homes can be more energy and water efficient, healthier and better for the environment.  Participants will visit homes that exhibit innovative products, materials and systems to be more sustainable.  Join us to learn about current sustainable technologies, and financial incentive programs to implement them.  The tour will begin at 9:00AM at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E Main St.  Cost is $10. All tour participants will travel by buses to four home sites, with a bring-your-own lunch stop along the way, and return around 3:00PM.  Pre-registration is required and space

is limited.  Pre-register at or call North Mountain Park at 541-488-6606.


Plastic Round-Up

Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th 9:00am-4:00pm

2012 Plastic Roundup Banner

Event Locations:

Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road in Central Point
Ashland National Guard Armory, 1420 E. Main Street in Ashland

JCRP will host two drop-off locations for numerous types of plastic, including grocery and dry cleaning bags, cereal and chip bags, to-go containers, lawn furniture, toys, nursery pots, buckets, CD’s and cassettes, agricultural plastics, buckets and much more.

Please see the 2012 Plastic Round-up flier above for acceptable items and more details.




1st Annual Raider ReclamationRaider Reclamation Logo

June 13th - June 15th

Thank you for helping us to divert more than 5,600 pounds of materials from the landfill! Through SOU's partnership with the Goodwill, all items collected will contribute to job training and placement services in our local community.

SOU Full Circle Recycling and Southern Oregon Goodwill are partnering to host SOU's first annual Raider Reclamation, a residence hall move-out waste diversion event. Each year during residence hall move-outs, tons of recyclable and reusable items are dumped in the trash, then trucked to the landfill. During SOU's annual Raider Reclamation, collection stations will be staged in campus residence halls to collect move-out waste from students before they reach the dumpster. These items will then be donated to Southern Oregon Goodwill, contributing to the creation of jobs and career development opportunities for underprivileged individuals in our community.

We need you in order to make this a success! Sign up for a volunteer shift for Raider Reclamation. Volunteers will work at one of the 6 collection stations on campus to sort materials into bins to be collected by Goodwill or taken to SOU's Recycling Center. Volunteers will be treated to a free pre-event training with pizza and refreshments!

Register to volunteer

For more information call 541-552-8139 or email


FREE Bicycle and Pedestrian Legal Clinic with Ray Thomas

Friday, May 11th Noon-2:00pm

Rogue River Room, Stevenson Union

Free lunch provided by the SOU Commuter Resource Center

For over a decade, bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas has been sharing his wisdom with cyclists around the state in this 60-minute clinic on bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road. Learn about Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if you’re in a crash. Includes a lively question and answer session.

For more info:
or email:

Earth Day Campus Cleanup

Friday, April 20th 4:00pm-5:00pm

In continuation of our celebration, there will be an Earth Day Campus Cleanup from 4:00-5:00 in conjunction with the Civic Engagement Program and Sodexo.  We will meet at Cox Lawn at 4:00 and will spend the hour picking up trash strewn around the residence halls.  The more, the merrier!  Gloves, trash bags, tools, snacks and drinks will be provided.

Campus Clean Up Flyer


Rogue Valley Earth Day at ScienceWorks

Saturday, April 21st 11am-4pm

Rogue Valley Earth Day is a joyful, annual celebration for all ages to learn about environmental stewardship and build community in a fun and inspirational setting. Admission is free.
Rogue Valley Earth Day

  • Visit over 70 Exhibits to learn about energy conservation, solid waste reduction, local food and farms, green products and building materials, renewable electricity sources, transportation alternatives, and much more.
  • Enjoy Live Entertainment & Activities throughout the day.
  • Walk, bike, carpool or ride the free Shuttle to the event.
  • Help make Rogue Valley Earth Day possible with your Sponsorship.
  • Volunteer: Helping hands needed. Please contact or call 541.482.6767.
  • Join the first Zero Waste event in the region.

Visit for event details.


Earth Day

Thursday, April 19th

Earth Day Poster!

Click the poster to learn more about SOU's upcoming Earth Day events.