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.

History

The Oregon State University Sustainability Office is housed within University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations, part of the Finance and Administration division. The Sustainability Office was formed by the creation of a full time sustainability 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.

Sustainability Office Staff

Full Time Employees

Brandon Trelstad: Sustainability Officer

After earning a degree in environmental science and working four years in OSU’s Government Relations office, Brandon helped create the Sustainability Officer position in November, 2005.  His primary duties include managing communication about sustainability efforts, identifying and obtaining funding for conservation and efficiency projects, supporting student and academic engagement, setting OSU's strategic sustainability direction 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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Student Team

Ragen Venti: Graphic Design Student

Ragen joined the Sustainability Office in August of 2016 as the Graphic Design Student. He is studying graphic design in the College of Liberal Arts. Ragen’s position is focused on graphic design for web and print, user experience, and some in-person outreach and student interaction. His favorite design tasks are creating user interfaces and logos, and he has an interest in video editing. Much to Brandon’s annoyance, Ragen enjoys white space and small text, but it always works out in the end.

Jack Woods: Utility Data Analyst Student Technician

Jack first became involved with Sustainability at OSU in October 2016 as Finley Hall's Eco-rep. He organized events, managed the composting program, and performed outreach while working alongside the Sustainability Office. In April 2017, Jack Joined the Sustainability Office as a Utility Data Analyst Student Technician. Jack is a computer science major; he primarily focuses on data management, special projects regarding computer information technology, and website tools. 

Brogan Miner: Student Software Systems Engineer

Brogan joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2018 as a Student Software Systems Engineer. He is an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a minor in Computer Science. His duties in the office include the maintenance, proposal and implementation of software systems. Other tasks include the support for real time utility tracking systems. He has a passion for technology and also the outdoors.

Silas Fisher: Digital Media Marketing and Outreach Student

Silas joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2018 as the Digital Media Marketing and Outreach Student. He is an economics and philosophy double-major who is passionate about economic, social, and ecological sustainability; his career interests span from social entrepreneurship to law and politics. Silas manages the Sustainability Office's social media presence and the Ecologue, markets Sustainability Office programs like the Green Office Certification, performs outreach at events, and coordinates with Campus Recycling and the Center for Civic Engagement for event planning and other partnerships. 

Fionn O'Longaigh: Energy Project Student Technician

Fionn joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2018 as the Energy Project Student Technician. He is a bioengineering major with an interest in alternative energy sources and sustainable material use. Fionn's role in the office includes maintaining technical energy equipment like the solar arrays and electric vehicle chargers and performing tasks such as sustainability assessments, construction plan reviews, and outreach. His favorite part of the job is running around campus for monthly meter reads. 

Elijah Cokeley: Building Systems Student Technician

Elijah joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2018 as the Building Systems Student Technician. He is a mechanical engineering major. Elijah works with the OSU building automation engineer in fixing, organizing, and adding descriptors to schematics in the Allerton interface. Outside of building automation, Elijah fills in various roles, such as data analysis for cost comparisons, data management for the Green Office Certification program, and maintenance of the OSU solar arrays and the OSU Solar Trailer.