Volunteer Opportunities

Who are the Waste Watchers?

Waste Watchers conducting a waste auditWaste Watchers is a joint group between Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative whose mission is to engage students and the community in waste reduction at OSU by providing educational programming, meaningful opportunities for action, and empowerment of future leaders.

You can become a Waste Watcher too by volunteering with us (see opportunities below)! Meet some of our volunteers in this video and see group leaders on our chair positions page.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

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Get to Know Us at our Meet 'n' Eat

  • Tues, Sept 26, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center
  • Join the Waste Watchers Club and save the world from the scourge of waste! Nosh on pizza, meet fellow people who share your interests in sustainability and learn about our waste-fighting squad! Interested but can't make it? Contact Andrea by email or call 541-737-5398. Join the Facebook event here.

Vote for our Weekly Fall 2017 Meeting Time

  • Interested in working with other students to plan events and marketing that will encourage others to reduce waste? Join our weekly Waste Watchers meetings! Vote for our weekly meeting time in this poll by Tues, Sept 26 at 6:30 pm.

Waste Watchers Fall 2017 Meetings

  • Days and times TBD
  • 206 Student Experience Center (tentative)
  • Want to join a group of students who work on creative ways to encourage others to reduce waste? The Waste Watchers might be the right fit for you. Our team plans events and marketing at our weekly meetings (this term we will work on the Repair Fairs, America Recycles Day, our new campaign on reducing wasted food and more). Attendance is not required every week, so come by when you can. Snacks provided.

Wasted Food Campaign Committee

  • Details are coming soon on how to join this committee!

For More Information

If you have questions about the Waste Watchers or volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

Chair Positions with the Waste Watchers

Waste Watchers team with the RecycleMania trophyIf you are interested in exercising and expanding your leadership abilities, then you might be interested in one of the lead positions offered to Waste Watchers. Read on to find your best fit!

Positions Offered during the 2016-17 School Year:

Program Leader

Responsible for serving as the main coordinator of a program or event, or an aspect of either. These roles are typically announced at the beginning of each term; the duties and duration varies. Speak to a Waste Watcher coordinator to learn what is currently available.

2016-17 Leaders:

Emily Skelton

Emily Skelton, Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database - at minimum of every other week - by tracking meeting attendance, personal information and contact info, and greeting new members who attend meetings after beginning of Fall term.

Callie Limbaugh

Callie Limbaugh, Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This role will bring a recruitment perspective to WW meetings, be provided and/or set recruitment goals to reach each term, and maintain familiarity with general and current involvement opportunities with the group.

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Jean McKnight, Social Chair

Responsible for planning and coordinating funsies (i.e. fun group activities) for the team. Includes planning funsies after most weekly meetings as well as three outside-of-meeting gatherings per term.

Shannon Ritz

Shannon Ritz, Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting repair and support volunteers, determining demos, and coordinating marketing for the event. The Repair Fair Chair may choose to alternate between each of these lead roles, or retain the same role throughout the year. This role will work with WW members and coordinators, and will attend a portion of the coordinator meeting prior to each weekly meeting.

Waste Watcher Coordinators

Kaya Reed ("Reedcycler"), Jasen Phillips ("JPhill") and Andrea Norris ("Dre")

Coordinators Kyle Reed, Jasen Phillips, and Andrea Norris

 Contact the coordinators via email.

Have an idea?

If you are interested in leadership, but would like to focus on a different facet of waste reduction or group dynamics, then talk to us about creating a new position in the Waste Watchers!

How to Sign-Up:

Stop by during one of our weekly meetings and speak with a Waste Watcher coordinator, or email Andrea Norris with information on which role you would like to fill.

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