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Hey everybody! The Spring 2017 Sustainability Newsletter is here! Check it out for all of our upcoming events and learn how to subscribe to our monthly emails!

Sustainability at SOU Presents Earth Week logo

Join Sustainability at SOU for an educational, engaging, and inspiring week full of a variety of events, workshops, and film screenings.The week takes place between the dates of Saturday, April 15th to Sunday, April 23rd.

volunteers at SOU arbor day event

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means? SOU’s celebratory Arbor Day! Arbor day is a day where people are encouraged to plant and conserve trees. Since SOU is a tree campus, we will definitely be partaking!

zipcars in sou parking lot

Ever noticed the parking spots by Greensprings and the Hawk on Wightman that say “Zipcars Only”? Well, what is a Zipcar?: A Zipcar is a car that belongs to SOU that students can rent for as little as 1 hour, to as long as 7 days!

Fish swimming in ocean

Many of us love seafood, but between overfishing and news of slavery in the fishing industry, it’s important to be aware of what our purchases are supporting. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make wise choices in our seafood purchases.

SOU Bioswale

Did you know that SOU has a bioswale? A bioswale is a biofilter that collects and removes pollutants from a parking lot using natural elements similar to the way a wetland purifies water. Plants, rocks, soil, and microscopic organisms filter pollutants out of the water before it enters our streams.

male students sorting recycling

Did you know that recycling is one of the easiest and most accessible ways for you to reduce your carbon footprint? According to the EPA, recycling provides an annual benefit of 49.7 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions reduced! That is comparable to removing 39.4 million passenger cars from the road each year!

LEED Gold Dormitories at SOU

Southern Oregon University and two other state universities have sold more than $1 million dollars of carbon credits through the voluntary carbon offset market. The credits were produced through carbon-reducing activities and the funds will help finance and further carbon neutrality work on the campuses.

Mt. Ashland covered in snow

As part of our annual SOU new Student Orientation, students will have the unique opportunity to volunteer with the Mt. Ashland Ski Area during a slope care day.