Do you want to be a part of a sustainability project at OSU? Have a project to contribute? Use this list to check what projects are available and get ideas for your own!

The projects in this list represent hands-on learning opportunities for deeper student engagement around sustainability. These projects use the campus as a “living lab”, merging education, research and operations to provide students with real-world skills and, for OSU, a path to advance its sustainability goals. 

If you have a project to share, please send an email to sustainability@oregonstate.edu to include it in the list.

Project List by Topic
Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
ADA Restroom Access Assessment Assess and record restroom conditions and accessibility (full stalls, handles etc.). Leticia Cavazos - Sustainability Office 1 min, 6 max Flexible 6-10 hours
Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
Kiosk Monitoring and Usage Tracking Create a script that will check if a kiosk is working properly. If it is not an email is sent to a defined list. Additionally it should collect data on usage and put it in a database. Brogan Miner - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 10-20 hours
Corvallis Consumption GHG Help estimate or measure greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of food, goods and materials in the Corvallis community. Work with the Climate Action Advisory Board and City staff to produce estimates. Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 4 max Fall 2018 2-3 quarters
Waste reduction outreach Join the Waste Watchers club at their weekly meetings (to plan events and marketing) or volunteer at one of their many activities (staffing events, tabling, etc.). Andrea Norris - Campus Recycling 1 min, 10 max Ongoing except summer 1-4 hours

 

Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
Solar Panel Washing and Output Study Visually inspect equipment and wiring, wash the solar panels, and analyze real time monitoring to see if washing the panels improves solar production. Fionn O'Longaigh - Sustainability Office 3 min, 4 max Ongoing 2-6 hours
Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charger Cleaning Wash charger and coil cords on EV chargers. Fionn O'Longaigh - Sustainability Office 1 min, 3 max Ongoing 2 hours
Exercise Machine Power Generation Find a reliable, low maintenance upgrade to the 2009 era equipment installed at Dixon to harness human energy from exercise machines. Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 1-2 quarters
Kelley Solar Thermal System Help perform diagnosis and testing for broken solar thermal system and shadow OSU Facilities in repair. Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 1-3 quarters
Heat Recovery Analysis Scope feasibility of rebuilding existing HVAC heat recovery systems on campus. Determine where best to install new heat recovery systems. Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 1-2 quarters
Burning Renewable Fuels in OSU Energy Center Economic analysis of available fuels and price points for supplying meaningful amount of renewable fuels (liquid or gas) to Energy Center.  Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 1 quarter
Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
Growing Food Security Garden Parties Seasonal garden tasks to support organic produce grown for the OSU Food Pantry. Tasks may include planting starts, weeding, harvesting, watering, turning compost, mulching, preparing seed tape, etc. Eric Beeler - Center For Civic Engagement 1 min, 15 max Ongoing 1-2 hours
Solar Crop Production Research Plant sampling, soil moisture studies, irrigation of small crop plots, plant pathology, mulch study. Chad Higgins - CBEE 1 min, 2 max Spring quarter 1 quarter
Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
Green Roof Fall Protection Design and possibly construct fall protection systems for green roof candidate areas like Beth Ray Center. Brandon Trelstad - Sustainability Office 1 min, 2 max Flexible 1-2 quarters
Oak Creek Cleanup Bioswale invasive species removal (blackberries and ivy). Fionn O'Longaigh - Sustainability Office 3 min, 7 max Ongoing 2-4 hours
Solar Field Cleanup Plant sampling, soil moisture studies, irrigation of small crop plots, plant pathology, mulch study. Fionn O'Longaigh - Sustainability Office 3 min, 7 max Ongoing 2-4 hours
Project Description Contact Volunteers Needed Start Date Estimated Duration
Repair Fairs Offer a fix it skill, host a D.I.Y. demo, or serve in an event support role (greeter, photographer, etc.) Andrea Norris - Campus Recycling 1 min, 10 max Once per academic term 1-4 hours
Waste reduction outreach Join the Waste Watchers club at their weekly meetings (to plan events and marketing) or volunteer at one of their many activities (staffing events, tabling, etc.). Andrea Norris - Campus Recycling 1 min, 10 max Ongoing except summer 1-4 hours