Sustainability                                                        

Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma! We believe that universities have a special role and special responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and environmental stewardship. UCO is dedicated to confronting these challenges both through our core values of Character, Community and Civility and the positive efforts of our Central Community. 

We encourage you to browse our site, explore our programs and projects, and to contact us with your ideas and inspirations!

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Upcoming Events

SJ Symp

Social Justice Symposium: April 7, 9 am to 3 pm

Wanting to learn more about environmental sustainability, health equity and recreation, or how to use hip hop as a means of effecting change? Come to the Social Justice Symposium to learn about various areas of social justice. At the Social Justice Symposium (April 7th, 9 am-3 pm in the Nigh University Center), attendees will have the chance to learn about specific areas of social justice as well as learn how to take the first steps towards working within social justice. Topics are largely taught by UCO faculty, staff, and students, and include topics like: Civic Activism and Empowerment, Environmental Sustainability, Students as Engaged Citizens, Building an LGBTQ Ally Network, and more!

The symposium will include an opening session, multiple breakout sessions, and a keynote speech from UCO alum John Bobb-Semple, Dir. Of Food & Resource Center Development at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 

The symposium is free to attend, however, we ask that attendees cash/check to donate to Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. 

Attendees will be provided will lunch. 

Sign up to attend!

Social Justice Symposium Schedule of Events

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Earth Day Celebration:

April 16, 10 am to 2 pm

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April 21, 9 am to 4 pm

April 16, 10 am to 2 pm

Earth Day Service Event

UCO will be participating in the Great American Clean Up. Volunteers will observe  demonstration of how to recycle large electronics, followed by a clean up of the streets around the University. Sign up here!

April 21, 9 am to 4 pm

Mike McG

Our annual Earth Day celebration and fair will take place on Thursday, April 21st this year. A complete schedule of events can be found here

  • T-shirts will be given out a the fair to student who:
    • a.) Brings an old UCO t-shirt to exchange for a new Earth Day shirt*

                       -or-

    • b.) Visits with vendors at 10 or more booths

Mike McGrath, Host of NPR's You Bet Your Garden, will be the featured speaker this year. Mr. McGrath will present his talk, "Everything you think you know about composting is wrong" at 3 pm on the 21st in the Nigh University Center, Will Rogers Room, 4th Floor.

More info on Mr. McGrath can be found here

Be sure to RSVP on Facebook

*Exchanged shirts will be donated to Edmond Employment and Residential Centers

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Scholarship Opportunities

Solar Action Alliance

Solar Action Alliance is excited to offer one $1000 scholarship to a hardworking, motivated student. Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word essay on the following question:

What excites you most about the future of solar?

Submissions must be emailed to info@solaractionalliance.org. Please include “Entry for Solar Action Alliance Scholarship” in the subject. Include your name and contact information in your email submission.

1. You must be (or planning on being) a full-time student at an accredited institute of higher education. In order to verify this, you must provide us an official statement verifying your enrollment.

2. You must have at least a 3.2 (out of a 4.0 scale) GPA.

3. Our annual scholarship deadline is July 1st. Winner will be notified by August 1st. Due to our scholarship being annual, the years will change, but the days will stay the same for the deadline.

More info provided here: https://solaractionalliance.org/scholarship/

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Sustainability Projects

1.) City of Edmond, UCO Community Compact for Sustainability

2.) UCO-YMCA Community Gardening

3.) Broncho Urban Gardens at the Nigh University Center

4.) UCO Cycology and Bum-a-Bike Program

Want UCO Sustainability to speak at your Event/Class? Shoot us an email: green@uco.edu

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News

BIG NEWS! 

Latest news: UCO and Sustainability OKC are now official partners! A memorandum of understanding brings together two of the Metro's biggest supporters of sustainable development and creates opportunities for even greater engagement with the community!

* YMCA UCO Community Garden is growing fast! Anyone interested in a plot are encouraged to contact Eric Hemphill at ehemphill@uco.edu for more information.

* The Earth Day Committee is now the UCO Sustainability Committee! Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact Eric Hemphill at ehemphill@uco.edu.

Links to external sites

Rooftop Urban Gardens Grow Opportunities for UCO Community

UCO named US EPA GREEN POWER CHALLENGE for 4th consecutive year

Edmond Chamber Goes Green

UCO wins EPA Green Power Purchaser Award

OBGA Affiliate Garden

Central wins Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award

ehemphill@uco.edu