History

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.

Mission

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 Staff

Brandon Trelstad: Sustainability Officer

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 sustainability. Brandon chairs OSU's Transportation Committee and Sustainability Advisory Council, and serves on several other committees as well.

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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Leticia Cavazos: Program Specialist

Leticia was hired as a student at the Sustainability Office in June of 2014. In December 2016, she transitioned to the full-time position of Program Specialist. Her primary duties include utility data acquisition, management, and analysis, meter hardware management, and sustainability assessment.

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Ragen Venti: Graphic Design Student

Ragen was hired on at the Sustainability Office in August of 2016 as the Graphic Design Student. He is an undergraduate studying Graphic Design in the School of Business. Ragen's position is focused on graphic design, web, print, and user experience, the position also covers some outreach and student interaction.

Keava Campbell: Utility Data Analyst Student Technician

Keava was hired at the Sustainability Office in August 2016. She is an undergraduate student in Civil Engineering. Keava's posistion is focused on collecting, organizing and compiling information regarding OSU's utility consumption.

Olivia Grenier : Energy Project Student Technician

Olivia joined the Sustainability Office in May 2016. She is currently an undergradate studying Civil Engineering. Olivia works with the Solar Trailer, as well as building sustainability audits and meter reading.

Jack Woods: Utility Data Analyst Student Technician

Jack joined the Sustainability Office in April 2017. He is currently studying Computer Science. Jack's focus is on data management, special projects regarding computer information technology and website tools.

Katie Gregor: Digital Media and Outreach Student

Katie joined the Sustainability Office in October 2017. She is currently an undergraduate student within the University Exploratory Studies Program. Katie helps manage the social media platforms for the office, as well as the OSU sustainability blog, the Ecologue. She connects and involves the community with sustainability efforts on campus. She also plays a supporting role in campus-wide programs. 

  Sustainability Office Social Media

Facebook

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@OSUsustainable

Instagram

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