Resources for Sustainability Engagement
The Ecology & Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS) serves as SOU’s environmental resource center. ECOS was founded in 1995 by students who recognized the need for a facility that would focus on the ever-changing dynamics of local, national, and global environmental issues. With our student staff, funding, and community connections, we work to create ecologically-related projects and initiatives.
We manage the community garden located here on campus, the new and improved bike program, and serve as a central resource center for student involvement in environmental and sustainability issues on campus and in the community. Some events we’ve hosted in the past include harvest suppers, group bike rides, cyclist appreciation breakfasts, and documentary screenings. However, we can’t do it all ourselves; we need your help!
Southern Oregon University’s Recycling Program was founded by students in 2011 as part of a capstone project focused on diverting waste from the landfill. The program is committed to providing comprehensive recycling services including conveniently-located recycling stations throughout campus, educational programs and events, and serving as a resource center for SOU and the surrounding community. Through these services, SOU Recycling helps sustain the beauty of the Rogue Valley for future generations and diverts 65% of campus waste from the landfill!
The Farm at SOU
The Farm at Southern Oregon University is a center for sustainability. The student-led organic farm produces healthy, sustainably harvested food for the SOU community. It is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. Projects on The Farm inspire a generation of ecologically-committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land.
When consumers are cheated or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special interest lobbyists, OSPIRG speaks up and takes action. We uncover threats to public health and wellbeing and fight to end them, using the time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposés, grassroots organizing, advocacy and litigation. OSPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.
SOU Bike Program
SOU’s Bike Program is here to make bicycling more accessible for you! The Bike Program offers:
- Bike Rentals: SOU maintains a fleet of rentable bicycles with prices ideal for students with easy billing to student accounts.
- Bike Maintenance services: Our on- site bike mechanic maintains the rental fleet and provides DIY bike repair for free to all students and community members
- Events: We lead multiple bike- related events per term in order to promote biking around campus and raise awareness for the bike program. Events range from free biker breakfasts to bike rides around the area facilitated by the Bicycle Club
- Workshops: We lead free workshops that offer students help with bike riding, safety, and maintenance.
- Bike-Friendly Campus: One of the Bike Program’s main goals is to get SOU registered as an official Bike-Friendly Campus
SOU Outdoor Program (OP) advocates the spirit of adventure for students. We offer student led trips throughout the school year for the entire campus community, as well as, high quality camping/rafting/kayaking/backpacking equipment rentals for students and the community. The Outdoor Program is an inclusive campus resource for all students, and is associated with Student Life. The OP also supports all the adventure- based clubs on campus. If you’re interested in getting outside, come by and check us out!
Southern Oregon University provides a wide-range of resources to students emphasizing the importance of driving less. The Transportation Options Program collaborates with offices throughout campus and the community to provide students with bicycle access, reduced-cost bus passes, ride-sharing services, and much more.