About Us

The CASL House in 2007University of Oregon students founded The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living in 2003 based upon a senior thesis project by Jo Rodgers. Rodgers, a student at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts, designed a low-impact house using innovative technology that integrated natural resources with modern living. With those design plans in mind, students established CASL to design and build a low-impact center as a model near campus that will act as an accessible resource and demonstration center for sustainable living. Because CASL is a student organization, the University of Oregon monitors and must approve all plans for the center, which will house three center members.

Multiple university departments collaborated with the group to codify the center's plans and location on campus. The Associated Students of the University of Oregon approved and recognized CASL as a student organization in 2003, and granted funding in 2004. The development process gained momentum in 2006 when the School of Architecture and Allied Arts agreed to support CASL and appointed two faculty advisors. In December 2008, CASL student leaders reached a memorandum of understanding, including CASL's mission statement and building details, with Facility Services, University Housing, and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. CASL receives financial support from various sources, including the ASUO, which provides continual funding. CASL received a one-time allotment of $112,500 on May 11, 2008 from the ASUO, a $25,000 grant from the University of Oregon Space Committee, and funds for the center's green roof and solar hot water from The Energy Conservation and Alternative Futures Fund, which is now called The Student Sustainability Fund.

CASL significantly expanded in 2009. CASL members rung in the New Year by celebrating the ownership of the center site at 1801 Moss St., which the University of Oregon awarded on Jan. 7, 2009. Six years in the making, this momentous agreement allows CASL to begin the renovation and construction of a low-impact demonstration center. CASL received a 104 percent budget increase from the ASUO on Feb. 10, 2009, that further stabilized its future. On Feb. 17, 2009, the exterior design plans were approved by the Campus Planning Committee to finalize the center's aesthetics for the east campus area. CASL celebrated its groundbreaking on Earth Day 2009. That summer, CASL offered its first class for students to receive credit.

Since then, we've offered 5 more classes in Architecture, Interiors, and Landscape Architecture, ranging in projects from kitchen design, permaculture, foundation upgrade, and high performance wall assembly. For more information on our course offerings, see our Classes page.

Click on Design above for more information on the house design.


Kelli Barker  
About Kelli
Sarah V Grassl  
About Sarah
Tommy Chen  
About Tommy
Zach Colligan  
About Zach
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, I’ve been raised in the rich environment of the PNW. This upbringing has engrained in me the importance of keeping these environments, both cultural and ecological, healthy and happy. With that in mind, I’ve worked to perpetuate sustainability and low-impact living through my work with the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living at the UO.

Cameron J Lopez  
About Cameron
Alice M Floyd-Preston  
About Alice
Alexis Griffin  
About Alexis
Hanzhao Huang  
About Hanzhao
Virginia Weiran W Liu  
About Virginia Weiran
Jilian Carlo - Planning & Curriculum Co-Director 
About Jilian
Sean McNamara  
About Sean
Maya Ravel-Bailey  
About Maya


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