The Oregon State University Sustainability Office is housed in the Finance and Administration division. The Sustainability Office was formed by the creation of a full time sustainability coordinator position in November 2005. In December 2007, an additional half-time position was created primarily to support the collection and management of campus utility data. In November 2008, the half-time position was moved to a permanent full time position and duties expanded to focus on energy conservation efforts.


The Sustainability Office exists to - in the most sustainable way possible - support OSU’s mission to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. The Sustainability Office fosters a culture of sustainability, enhances student competency around issues of sustainability, reduces the university’s overall environmental impact and communicates sustainability efforts to the campus community and external audiences. It aims to offer the highest quality of services to the OSU campus in its four functional areas:

  • Infrastructure and Policy
  • Outreach and Communication
  • Assessment
  • Student Engagement and Academic Support

Mirroring the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, many projects and initiatives overlap multiple functional areas. Several projects and programs detailed on this website are managed or directly supported by the Office, while others are partnerships with other OSU units.


Sustainability Office Contacts

Brandon Trelstad: Sustainability Coordinator 

Brandon helped create and has filled this position since November 2005.  Previously, he worked for about four years in OSU’s Government Relations office, during which he interned with Governor Kitzhaber's office.  His primary duties include managing communication about sustainability efforts, identifying - and obtaining funding for - conservation and efficiency projects, supporting student and academic sustainability efforts, setting OSU's strategic direction toward sustainability and tracking and reporting on institutional progress toward that strategic direction.  Brandon is also the alternative transportation coordinator for OSU.  This involves membership on several transit commissions and committees, managing agreements with transit service providers and executing alternative transportation projects. 

In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of the state's 35 Innovators Under 35.  Read more in an April 2011 article about Brandon and the Sustainability Office. 

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Margaret Strong: Sustainability Program Specialist

Margaret Strong joined the Sustainability Office in July 2015 and brings her passion for energy and sustainability to the OSU team. An experienced energy professional in strategic energy management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and the behavior side of energy reduction, Margaret looks forward to working to achieve OSU’s energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Orange is the new green!

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Marshall Moses: Graphic Design and Outreach Student

Marshall was hired on at the Sustainability Office in December of 2013 as the Design and Outreach student. He is an undergraduatestudying Graphic Design in the school of business. Marshall's position is focused on graphic design, web, print, and user experience, the position also covers outreach and student interaction.

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Myrna Cavazos: Utility Data Student Technician

Myrna was hired at the Sustainability Office in June of 2014. She is a graduate student in Industrial Engineering. Myrna’s position is focused on collecting, organizing, and compiling information regarding OSU’s utility consumption.
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Garin Anderson: Energy Project Student Technician 

Garin joined the Sustainability Office in April of 2013. He is an undergraduate student in Construction Engineering Management. He hopes to apply his studies and construction experience to various projects for the department and around campus. With an emphasis on energy conservation, Garin’s focus is Solar Trailer upgrades and maintenance, building sustainability audits and reading OSU’s meters.

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Kiera Usagawa: Energy Project Student Technician 

Kiera joined the Sustainability Office in May 2015. She is currently an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering. Kiera's focus is Solar Trailer upgrades and maitenance, building sustainability audits and meter reading. 

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Sarah Chaney: Digital Media and Outreach 

Sarah joined the Sustainability Office team in May of 2015. She is currently an undergraduate studying Psychology with a minor in Multimedia. Sarah works to connect and reach out to campus on behalf of the office via social media, the web, and public engagement events. She also manages OSU's sustainability blog, the Ecologue.

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