Event Sustainability Highlights

  • The Erb Memorial Union building is pursuing LEED Platinum Certification
  • 35% more efficient than Oregon Energy code
  • Expandable 250 panel 16kW photovoltaic array installed on the North Wing roof
  • All storm water detained on site in filtration planters, flow through swales and rain gardens
  • Heavy timber structure in building addition supports local industry and sequesters carbon
  • On-site bicycle parking
  • Site and roof materials selected to reduce Heat Island Effect
  • Plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by 40%
  • Operable windows for connections to the outdoors
  • Indoor Environmental Quality supply of 100% outside air delivered to spaces in the new additions
  • Recycled content and local materials selected for use in renovation
  • Building materials reclaimed from 1970 building demolition
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and reclaimed wood installed throughout project
  • Green Power purchased to fuel building

  • WOHESC is working with the University of Oregon to provide a 100% vegan/vegetarian menu with an emphasis on local, organic, sustainably sourced products
    • Menu and more details to come, stay tuned!
  • Condiments, creamers, and sugar to be served in bulk containers
  • No plastic straws or stir sticks will be permitted
  • China to be used for all meals
  • Water to be provided in bulk containers
  • While you won't see front of house compost available, University of Oregon composts all food waste back-of-house, including food scraps from plates. This is mandated by the University's waste provider, and decreases contamination

  • Official conference materials are printed using vegetable based inks on recycled materials
  • Printing is limited and preference is given to digital resources
  • Dates or year-specific elements are not used on any signage that has the potential to be reused

  • Event promotion is pursued primarily via online methods
  • Registration process utilizes a 100 percent paperless ticket system
  • Badge holders are compostable, made from corn-starch and reused when possible

  • Use the Interactive Campus Map - you can walk from one side of campus to the other in less than 15 minutes. The University of Oregon interactive campus map can tell you exactly how long it takes to get from place to place.
  • Utilize the UO Bike Program for on campus rentals and rides.
  • Bus and Rapid Transit Line - Lane Transit District (LTD) provides a rapid transit line that runs right by campus on its way between downtown Eugene and downtown Springfield.
  • Safe Ride is a student-funded program that provides transportation to students throughout the Eugene community if you need to get to or from campus at night.