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Brandon Trelstad: Sustainability Officer
After earning a degree in environmental science and a political science minor, Brandon worked in OSU Government Relations. He helped create the Sustainability Officer position and began that work full time in November, 2005. His primary duties include employee and student engagment; infrastructure development; renewable energy systems; policy change and strategic planning. Brandon chairs OSU's Transportation Committee and Sustainability Advisory Council, and serves on several other committees.
Leticia Cavazos: Sustainability Assessment Manager
Leticia was hired as a student at the Sustainability Office in June of 2014. After earning a PhD in Industrial Engineering in December 2016, she transitioned to a full-time position. Her primary duties include sustainability assessment & reporting, utility data acquisition & analysis, managing the Eco-Reps program, sustainable purchasing & procurement, and new employee orientation.
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.
Adam Oberg: Student Software Systems Engineer
Adam joined the Sustainability Office in spring of 2020 as a Student Software Systems Engineer. He is an Computer Science major with an option in Website and Mobile Application Development. 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.
Carly Werdel: Digital Media Marketing and Outreach Student
Carly joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2020 as the Digital Media Marketing and Outreach Assistant. She is an Environmental Sciences major with double specializations in Environmental Policy and Earth Systems Science. She is a leader in Sunrise Corvallis and the project coordinator for Rainbow Continuum, and is passionate about addressing climate change in a socially conscious way. Carly manages the Sustainability Office's social media presence and the Ecologue, markets Sustainability Office programs like the Green Office Certification and Green Lab Certification, performs outreach at events, and coordinates with Campus Recycling and the Civic Engagement & Leadership office for event planning and other partnerships.
Cody Kjos: Graphic Designer
Cody joined the Sustainability Office team in the Spring of 2020. He is a graduate student at OSU in the Certificate of Business Fundamentals Program. Cody earned his BA in Design at Lehigh University in 2017, with concentrations in both Graphic Design and Product Design, and minors in Entrepreneurship and Studio Art, digital photography. He is responsible for the visual content creation for social media and print marketing for the partnerships and events affiliated with the Sustainability Office, as well as in the coordination of sustainable practices.
Makayla Hecker: Energy Project Student Technician
Makayla joined the Sustainability Office in spring 2020 as the Energy Project Student Technician. She is a sophomore with a Zoology and Sustainability major. Makayla'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. She is involved with OSU’s outdoor program, the Adventure Leadership Institute, and spends a lot of time outdoors rafting, hiking, climbing and backpacking. She is very passionate about sustainability especially when it comes to animal conservation and learning new ways to help the earth. She is excited to be a part of this department to help with OSU’s environmental goals.
Madeleine Moyano: Student Policy Specialist
Madeleine joined the Sustainability Office in December 2019 as the Student Policy Specialist. She is an Environmental Science and Public Policy double major and is especially interested in alternative energy policy. Madeleine is a member of the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates (PSLA) and participates in OSU lobbying activities at the capitol. In the office, she works with various campus stakeholders to support policies and actions that reduce OSU’s carbon footprint.
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:
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.
The OSU Sustainability Office serves as a single point of contact for information requests, often routing inquiries to other campus experts. We communicate with on and off-campus stakeholders. Our primary networking group is the Sustainability Advocates, a peer learning group of faculty and staff who meet quarterly to discuss sustainability issues relevant to OSU.
We identify, organize and fund projects like solar installations, heating and cooling upgrades, lighting efficiency improvements and water conservation projects. Our staff act as consultants to construction projects to help make those projects as sustainable as possible and to use the campus as a teaching tool. We also manage utility metering hardware and data throughout campus.
We track and update annually over 1,000 points of data that measure the sustainability of OSU’s programs. Our assessment results are used by outside organizations like the Sierra Club and Princeton Review to rate and rank OSU’s sustainability performance against our peers. This process includes gathering data from all across Oregon to measure OSU’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sustainability Office helps campus departments increase their contributions to sustainable systems, including education in and outside the classroom. We offer multiple experiential learning opportunities each year such as natural areas cleanups, energy audits or analysis, and campaigns that promote behavior change. For student groups like Oregon State Environmental Council, Greeks Go Green, Scientists for a Sustainable Future and others, we play an advisory role and connect students to appropriate resources.
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. For more about the history of Sustainability at OSU, take a look at our Sustainability Timeline!