Past Wage Grant Projects

Funded Positions: 2015-2016

Department: OSU Energy Efficiency Center

Position: Energy Student Analysts
Employees: Pavel Grechanuk, Benjamin Bellman, and William Striby
Supervisor: Joseph Junker
Funding awarded: $4,128 
Final Report

Student analysts worked with campus facilities personnel, to evaluate the energy and resource efficiencies of campus systems and develop recommendations for improved efficiency. The team identified opportunities such as: recovering significant lost energy in summer steam that could be used for campus cooling and recaprturing lost electrical generating capacity by re-commissioning the Energy Center trubine.


Department: Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word

Position: Climate Change Intern
Employee: Kat Crane
Supervisor: Carly Leterro
Funding awarded: $5,400

The Spring Project intern worked to plan and promote events and gained experience in creating outreach campaigns, hosting visiting lectures and building collaborations with students and student groups. The intern had special responsibility for helping to plan the Thin Green Line event, focused on climate activism in the Pacific Northwest.


Department: University Housing and Dining

Position: Student Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Employees: Abigail Findley
Supervisor: Chris Anderson
Funding awarded: $3,377

This position did outreach at the three main campus dining centers to educate our campus community on the new Eco2GO process. The student coordinator conducted presentations to RHA groups to encourage the Eco2Go return rate within residence halls. The student worked collectively with the UHDS marketing team to find strategies to better advocate for the use and sale of local foods, incluing devising identifiable icons to indicate to customers which menu items include local ingredients. 


Department: Recreational Sports

Position: Student Sustainability Coordinator
Employees: Sean Walsh
Supervisor: Bill Callendar
Funding awarded: $5,300

The student coordinator continued advancing the Department of Recreational Sports commitment to sustainability in college recreation. The position advocated for sustainable programs, initiatives and projects within the department. The position also assisted with creating, developing and implementing sustainable projects, educating the OSU community about environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives, and assessing the impact and outcomes of DRS commitment to sustainability. Check out the Dixon Waste Audit video!


Department: Sustainability Office

Position: Eco-Representatives
Employees: Victoria Adams, Taylor Bennett, Katherine Demonnin, Margaret Halstead, Sydney Stanton, and Brenda Tellez
Supervisor: Brandon Trelstad
Funding awarded: $1,043

Eco-Representatives conduct programming within residence halls and address sustainability related needs across campus and access to residential communities.


Department: Sustainability Office

Position: Energy Project Student Technical Assistant
Employees: Kiera Usagawa
Supervisor: Brandon Trelstad
Funding awarded: $8,283

The student assistant provided project management and technical support to campus sustainability projects and programs. Some of the duties included energy meter reads and data collection for billing and conservation efforts; maintaining, transporting and setting up the OSU Solar Trailer; helping plan and manage energy and water conservation projects; performing field work that included steam pipe insulation, small equipment installation/modification and solar array site management; outreach events and activities; and surveying buildings for conservation opportunities.


Funded Positions: 2014-2015 Wage Grant Awardees

Department: Crop and Soil Science

Position: Organic Growers Club Summer Interns
Employees: Lisa Dempster and Abigail Findly
Supervisor: James Cassidy
Funding awarded: $2,020

Organic Growers Club Summer Interns further their understanding of agriculture and crop production through hands-on learning and are responsible for completing the bulk of the hard work that helps make ORGS a successful organization. Our interns take part in planting, maintenance (mowing, weeding, pruning), caring for chickens, harvesting, and marketing the vegetables we produce at our Friday vegetable sales in the ALS foyer. Students who complete this internship leave with an increased knowledge of sustainable landscape and agricultural practices and an understanding of what it takes to manage a farm. Besides contributing to the well-being of the farm and maintaining it, interns implement new growing strategies and experiments such as raised beds or new perennial crops. One tangible goal of this year’s intern program s is to grow and harvest enough produce to sell and continue to donate to the OSU Food Pantry.


Department: Energy Efficiency Center

Position: Energy Analysts
Employees: Vincent Albright and Jacob Staudhammer
Supervisor: Joseph Junker
Funding awarded: $4,200

The Energy Analyst works with the Energy Center: the campus power/cogeneration facility. The students in these positions work with Facilities personnel to identify opportunities to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of systems in the power/cogeneration facility, steam distribution, and end use applications. Work includes system data collection, evaluation of system energy use and efficiency, and development of recommendations to reduce cost and energy consumption, with a goal of reducing OSU’s contributions to global carbon emissions.


Department: Food in Culture and Social Justice Program

Position: Campus Food Assessment Interns
Employees: Angela Stapleton and Jenna Wiegand
Supervisor: Sarah Cunningham
Funding awarded: $4,800

The overall objective of the Campus Food Assessment Project is to increase the amount of sustainable food served in Oregon State University’s dining facilities. The Interns are responsible for benchmarking the current level of sustainability of food served in campus dining facilities. OSU will join campuses across the United States that are actively working to reform their food systems. Participants in this project will be able to analyze the campus food system as a microcosm for the global food system and will gain new understandings of the linkages between food production, consumption, and environmental sustainability. The data compiled will be available to students and serve as an important educational resource, particularly for students enrolled in courses that address food and sustainability issues.


Department: Materials Management (Recycling & Surplus Property) 

Position: E‐Waste Project Coordinator 
Employee: Cynthia Wright
Supervisor: Steve Schofield 
Funding awarded: $1,938

Given that some of the U.S.’s electronic waste (e‐waste) is sent overseas, where it at times is incinerated or landfilled rather than recycled, creating dangerous and unjust working and living environments for oversees communities, Materials Management believes we should ensure that e-waste generated by the university is in fact recycled responsibly. The purpose of this position is to assess OSU’s current processes and vendors for recycling e‐waste and investigate if alternatives exist that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The position will focus on gathering information on what it would take for OSU to become e‐Stewards certified and assessing how OSU could disassemble and sort e‐waste components in-house. By obtaining e‐Stewards certification, OSU will ensure that the way it and its vendors handle e‐waste minimizes the impact on the environment and avoids the exploitation of workers.


Department: Recreational Sports

Position: Student Sustainability Coordinator
Employee: Sean Walsh
Supervisor: Bill Callender
Funding awarded: $5,040

The Student Sustainability Coordinator assists the Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) in advancing our commitment to sustainability in collegiate recreation. DRS has been a campus leader in numerous sustainability efforts as it relates to the built environment and technology such as the installation of renewable energy producing ReRev elliptical machines, green cleaning practices, building system monitoring, retro-commissioning of existing systems, and proposals for energy conservation projects. To further this work, the Student Sustainability Coordinator advocates for sustainable programs, initiatives and projects within the DRS. The student assists with creating, developing and implementing sustainability projects; educating the OSU community about our environmental, social, and economic sustainability initiatives; and assessing the impact and outcomes of the DRS’ commitment to sustainability. As the DRS continues to pursue efforts to create healthy people and communities, students will be vital in moving our sustainability efforts forward.


Department: Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word

Position: Spring Creek Project Interns
Employees: Joy Henry and Erica Trabold
Supervisor: Carly Lettero
Funding awarded: $4,320

We are facing unprecedented environmental problems, and we need creative, critical thinkers who can re-imagine our relationship to the natural world and provide leadership through these difficult times. This internship position gives a student the opportunity to imagine different, more sustainable ways of living in the world and with all the living things that inhabit the world. The Intern’s responsibilities include: developing new workshops and events to engage participants in science, art, and creative writing encounters with campus animals, plants and landscapes; developing an on‐line archive of

Campus Creature Census submissions; building project collaborations and partnerships; and promoting Spring Creek Project programs and events on campus.


Department: Sustainability Office

Position: Energy Project Student Technician
Employee: Garin Anderson
Supervisor: Brandon Trelstad
Funding awarded: $8,000

Greening the campus footprint and educating peers about that work is central to the responsibilities of this position. The Student Technician is involved in such projects as conservation awareness (Campus Conservation Nationals, Campuses Take Charge, etc.), electric vehicle charging station support, and Solar Trailer management. Another key duty is gathering monthly utility meter data. This extensive data collection process allows the Sustainability Office to troubleshoot campus energy issues, as well as look for ways to decrease consumption. This position provides vital support to OSU resource (energy, water) conservation projects and provides work experience that is not common for undergraduates.