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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Waste Watchers Meet 'n' Eat

  • Thursday, January 18, 5:00-6:00 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • You ready to join the Waste Watchers club and save the world from the scourge of waste?! Come by to nosh on pizza, meet fellow people who share your interests in sustainability and learn about our waste-fighting squad! Join the event on Facebook.
  • Interested but can't make it? Consider dropping by our winter term meetings on other Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm in the same location (206 SEC). Or contact Andrea Norris via email.

Waste Watchers Winter Meetings

  • Thursdays, January 11 - March 15,* 4:30-6:00 pm
  • 206 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • Join the league of the Waste Watchers - using our knowledge of recycling and sustainability we can educate others and fight the scourge of waste! This term we’re working on our Repair Fairs, RecycleMania and No Food Left Behind campaign! This club is free and open to all. Join the meetings on Facebook.
  • For more info, please contact Andrea Norris via email or 541-737-5398.

*Exception: No meeting on February 15, as a Repair Fair will be hosted that day.

Winter Repair Fair

  • Thursday, February 15, shifts between 4:30 and 8:30 pm (see sign-up)
  • OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St.
  • Fill a support role: See sign-up form here for roles and shift openings.
  • Lend your fix it skills: Sign-up here.

Wasted Food Campaign Committee

  • Fridays, January 12 - March 16, 4:00-5:00 pm
  • 254 Student Experience Center (SEC)
  • We launched a new campaign this year focused on reducing wasted food at OSU! This includes trialing new tactics in MarketPlace West Dining Hall and conducting new and creative outreach to the student body. If you want to lend skills you have and hone ones you don't, serving on the committee is a great way to gain experience in reducing wasted food, project management, designing experiments, conducting outreach, facilitating meetings, and more. Meetings are open to all.

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

2017-18 Leaders:

2017-18 Waste Watcher leaders

Jasmine Vasen, Membership Chair

Responsible for maintaining the Waste Watcher database. This includes entering new people and updating meeting attendance.

Matthew Bucy, Recruitment Chair

Responsible for recruiting new volunteers to join the team and/or fill specific volunteer needs. This includes being provided and/or setting recruitment goals to reach each term, implementing tactics to reach the goals, and staying current on the involvement opportunities with the group.

Cristina Riani, 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.

Ava Butler, Repair Fair Chair

Responsible for taking a lead role in planning Repair Fairs throughout the year, including recruiting support volunteers, coordinating demos and 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.

Waste Watchers Coordinators

  • Amanda Carlin ("Mandy"), Student Sustainability Initiative Waste Reduction Coordinator
  • Shannon Ritz ("Shannanigans"), Campus Recycling Outreach Assistant
  • Andrea Norris ("Dre"), Campus Recycling Marketing & Development Coordinator

Have a Leadership Role 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!

For More Information:

Stop by during one of our weekly meetings and speak with a Waste Watcher coordinator, or email coordinator Andrea Norris.

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