Steering Committee Application is OPEN!


The Climate Justice League is going through it’s yearly transition process and has all of its Steering Committee positions available for the 2014-2015 school year.

All skill/experience levels are welcome to apply! All that matters is your passion and willingness to learn.

An in-depth description of the responsibilities for each of thSteering Committee members is available here and should be read before you apply.  You also may want to familiarize yourself with the CJL’s Structure.

  Click HERE to apply for CJL Steering Positions!

Or go to this link:

View the Transition Process

The deadline is Friday May 16th (end of week 7) so apply now!

Available Steering Committee Positions:

  • Campaign Coordinator Campaigns and Campaign Coordinators are the heart of the CJL and are a unique opportunity to make a change on campus. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside an amazing team of other CJL organizers, interact with campus and community leaders, and be apart of a world wide movement for Climate Justice.
  • Internal Communications Coordinator – Coordinates communication within the organization, including the management of contact lists, mailing lists, calendars, the organization of Google Docs, and tracking attendance trends.
  • Fundraising Coordinator – In charge of maintaining the budget and distributing the funds of the CJL to the different campaigns, sponsored events, and CJL related events. Ensures that the organization abides by ASUO policies for use of funds.
  • Recruitment Coordinator - This position is essential to the success of CJL. Work load is heaviest weeks 1 and 2 of each term, as we do class raps, put up posters and recruit as many students to CJL as possible. For the rest of the term, this position collaborates with the Retention Coordinator to keep those recruited students around.
  • Public Relations (PR) Coordinator – Will get to work with CJL in highlighting the accomplishments of campaigns and events to the media. They will also manage the organization’s public message and craft regular newsletters to inform members and volunteers of upcoming opportunities.
  • CJL Ambassador/Historian – Connect CJL to other groups and organizations on campus and create collaborative efforts with these groups and organizations. This includes maintaining a working relationship with the UO Student Sustainability Coalition. This position also requires that you learn the history of CJL and what the past and current campaigns are up to. You get to take a lot of photos too, and maintain the archives on the website and social media sites.
  • Leadership Development Coordinator – Develop leaders and implement various trainings throughout the term to enhance the organizing and campaigning skills of CJL members.
  • Retention Coordinator – Work to maintain a steady membership in the organization and ensure that the expectations and interests of individuals are being met through their involvement in CJL. Will also plan events with the Leadership Development Coordinator to encourage community and engagement.

Position Descriptions

If you have any questions about the positions, the application, or the transition process, feel free to contact Willow (Co-Director) at



Earth Day is upon us, and CJL is going to be doing tons! All three campaigns (Transition Eugene, E-Waste, and Stomp-Out Pesticides) will be tabling near the EMU amphitheater on Tuesday, April 22nd, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Transition Eugene will be handing out basil seeds.

Stomp Out Pesticides will be giving out honeycomb.

Recycle E-waste will be collecting electronic waste on Tuesday, and also on Wednesday, the 23rd, from 2:30-5pm!


Mary DeMocker will be hosting “Public Art for the Not So Artistic” event in Willamette 100 from 5-6:15pm.

Bike Blender:  make your own smoothie by biking!!

For more Earth Day events, click here.

E-Waste Collection Day

This Thursday, February 27th, bring all your electronic waste to the EMU Amphitheater and we’ll recycle it for you!! From 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM Climate Justice League will be collecting batteries, computers, CDs/DVDs, and much more!

Collection Day flyer

Collection Day flyer

Spring CLP 5/18!

Calling future leaders of the world!!!

The Collaborative Leadership Program (CLP) engages students in leadership and organizing training to build collective capacity to make impactful changes in the UO campus and broader communities. The CLP uses some of the nation’s most comprehensive training curriculum to put students at the forefront of their leadership development through student-led sessions, experiential learning, and detailed planning for their future initiatives. Through sessions on modern student organizing practices (e.g. goals, strategies, etc.), meeting facilitation, anti-oppression and justice, group coordination, and effective communication, the CLP endeavors to provide opportunities for students to express their personal leadership potential.

And it’s 100% free, with free food provided! Stop by at any time on Saturday May 18, 10-5pm, in the Education Building room 276. Don’t forget to REGISTER HERE :)


Introductions/Norms: 10:00am-10:10am

Public Narrative: 10:10-11:20am

Matrixing: 11:30am-1:00pm

Lunch: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Anti-Oppression: 2:00pm-3:20pm

Facilitation: 3:30pm-5:00pm


Apply for 2014-15 Steering Committee!

Do you want to make the world a better place? Are you looking for a place where you can use your unique skills to make a difference, and develop your leadership skills along the way? Then CJL’s Steering Committee is for you! Anyone can apply, so apply today! For more information, go to or email Co-Director Megan at


No Coal Eugene test

CJL Attends Net Zero Water Event

This week a few CJLers had the opportunity to attend the first Net Zero event from the Eugene Branch of Cascadia/Living Building Collaborative, and it did not disappoint! This event focused on Net Zero Water in Living Buildings. I’m comfortable saying that I learned more about sustainable water use in an hour and half at this event then I have in 3.5 years as an environmental science student at the University of Oregon.


A living building is a structure that gets all of its resources from the site, and returns all of those resources undiminished and unpolluted on a natural timescale back into the landscape. This means that these buildings have zero impact! And if you think that’s an easy task, think again. On a large property you may be able to use a stream or well as a water source, but even with a filtration system, septic tank and compost toilets will you be able to clean all of that water and return it to the river or ground source at the same rate it would have gone through the water cycle? And how will your infrastructure divide your different types of water, because your black water and grey water don’t need to be treated to the same extent? And can you do that without using any chemicals that would stay in the water system and aren’t naturally occurring? And now can you do this in an urban environment where all of your water needs to come from rain water collection? Do you feel overwhelmed yet?


We tried to address all of these questions and more at the Net Zero Water event, and because we had new leaders, academics, politicians, laborers and experienced citizens in a room together we were able to find new solutions to problems that green building contractors are facing! These conversations opened my eyes to new possibilities for campus. I’m really excited to see how our Zero Waste campaign will be able to incorporate net zero water into their goals and actions this year, and I can’t wait for the next Net Zero event!


If you’re interested in learning more about the next Net Zero event visit the Cascadia/Living Building Collaborative!


You can get involved with the CJL Zero Waste Campaign every Tuesday in Esslinger 116 at 6 pm!

CJL Kickoff a Success!

Happy new term, everybody! Hope you are learning lots in your new classes. Meanwhile at Climate Justice League, we had our Kickoff meeting and it was pretty awesome.


That’s all for now, folks. Just a reminder, our meetings are in 195 Anstett, beginning at 6pm. See you all there!

Phones for Loans Fundraiser

If you have any old cell phones lying around your apartment, don’t throw them away! The University of Oregon Microfinance Initiative is collecting used cell phones as part of a fundraiser for the Haitian non-profit Fonkoze. Phones will be collected in the sustainability center at the bottom level of the EMU, and will be resold to companies that specialize in recycling and repurposing them. All of the proceeds will be paid out to Fonkoze in order to improve access to basic financial services in rural Haiti.


As a micro-finance institution (MFI), Fonkoze believes that the poor already have many of the tools to work their way out of poverty. All they lack is the financial support to buy the basic tools for their business. MFIs like Fonkoze typically provide small loans to struggling entrepreneurs to buy income generating tools such as agricultural equipment, food storage facilities, cell phones which help farmers sell their products at the highest price, etc.


Unlike most other MFIs, Fonkoze supports its clients through each step of what it calls the staircase out of poverty. For the poorest of the poor the nonprofit provides business training as well as outright services such as health care or home repair. Once the clients are in a position to run their own micro-enterprise they become eligible for loans that meet their financial needs, ranging from as little as $25 to over $1000.


Fonkoze has been instrumental in the reconstruction effort of Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in 2010. For more information about Fonkoze, see their website: