Past Sustainability Grant Projects


Academic Year 2015-2016

Project: Bicycle Newspaper Delivery

Organization: Orange Media Network
Project Leader: Logan Taylor
Funding Amount: $5,900
Final Report

Orange Media Network used SSI Project Grant funds to purchase two trikes to deliver The Daily Barometer, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability in line with SSI’s Climate Neutral 2025 initiative. Along with the implementation of trikes, The Daily Barometer conducted twice a term delivery audits and adjusted its distribution accordingly. Following the Fall Term audit, they reduced the press run by 2,000 papers per day. They strive to provide a news medium for the campus while also watching their carbon footprint. Delivering on trikes aligns holistically with social dimensions of sustainability since the trikes provide an equitable and healthy alternative to driving. The use of trikes allows any student to hold the delivery job regardless of whether they own their own vehicle. 


Project: Student Experience Center Permaculture Garden

Project Leader: Kyler Jacobo, Allen Dysart & Georgia King
Funding Amount: $2,000
Final Report

The goal of the Student Experience Center Permaculture project is to promote sustainability on campus via education on land and resource use. By implementing a permaculture garden, we are showing students a way to establish habitat, provide a yield of edible crops, and use resources that are already available to us in a responsible and sustainable way. The garden will be a hands on learning experience in sustainability: from the designing process, to the building process, and throughout its mature, established lifespan.

Project: Filtered Water Refill Stations Retrofit

Organization: Fresh From The Faucet
Project Leader: Olivia Fidler
Funding Amount: $2,532
Final Report

There is a need for this project at OSU because access to clean drinking water is a basic human right, and the current infrastructure is inadequate in meeting the needs of the OSU community. One intention of increasing accessibility to filtered bottle refill stations is promoting the use of reusable bottles. This project also encourages people to stay hydrated with water as opposed to sugary beverages. The growing privatization of clean drinking water is not sustainable because it limits access to clean drinking water based on financial background by treating water as a commodity rather than a shared resource. One way to combat the privatization of clean drinking water is to create an infrastructure which will provide clean drinking water to everyone and educate them about resource conservation. That is the goal of this project; to increase accessibility to clean drinking water, promote the use of reusable bottles, and educate the community about the benefits of choosing tap water rather than pre-bottled beverages. Learn more from their Ecologue post.

Project: Project Beaver Dam

Organization: OSU Ecological Engineering Student Society
Project Leaders: Carson Smith, Allen Dysart, Sam Rabe, & Natalie Green
Funding Amount: $1,078

The Ecological Engineering Student Society constructed a rainwater catchment system for the greenhouse on the 6th floor of Weniger Hall. This catchment system is used as an alternative source of water for the plants and aquaponic systems in the greenhouse. Attached to the catchment barrel is a pressure tank and pump to deliver water from the barrel to the plants. The catchment system will also be used to educate visitors to the greenhouses on the benefits of renewable water and energy sources and provide an example of systems they could implement in their own homes and communities. 


Academic Year 2014-2015

Project: Sustainable Cooking Classes

Organization: OSU Food Group
Project Leader: Madison Delmendo
Funding amount: $800

The classes focused on specialized cooking techniques and were designed to help the OSU community learn how to be more sustainable with cooking and shopping. This was achieved by teaching participants more complex cooking skills like bread making and canning. The goal was to have students reproduce skills learned at home and avoid having to purchase these items in the store.  


Project: Natural Building Workshop, Cobb Oven

Organization: OSU Horticulture Club
Project leader: Pashalle Johnson
Funding amount: $3,000

The purpose of this project was to begin a conversation about sustainable building materials here on campus and in the Corvallis community. Additionally, it was an opportunity to demonstrate functional structures made of sand, clay, straw and water. As a result of collaborative efforts with OSU's Horticulture Club, OSU's Organic Club and the Corvallis community, a cobb oven has been build at Oak Creek for the OSU community. 


Project: Human Powered Vehicle

Organization: OSU American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Project Leader: Chase Jones
Funding amount: $4,092

The Oregon State ASME student group designed and built a recycled, sustainable human powered vehicle and competed in the ASME HPVC West 2015 Competition. The team were extremely successful at the competition held in California (April 2015) and placed 12th of 36 teams in the competition. The entire frame of the vehicle were made of recylced bicycles.


Project: USA National Summit 2015

Organization: OSU International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences
Project Leader: Ann Berner
Funding amount: $2,306

In April of 2015, the Oregon State University International Agriculture Club hosted the 2015 National Summit for the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Scievces. The theme was "Local Soils to World Solutions" and welcomed Dr. Dan Arp as the keynote speaker. Included in the summit were a showcase of agricultural programs from Iowa State, University of Minnesota, Washington State, Univervisty of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Carolina State and Clemson. Participants also explored Oregon's vast agricultural scene as well as OSU's agriculture, related sciences and sustainability efforts.


Academic Year 2013-2014

Project: Pride Center Permaculture Garden

Organization: Pride Center
Project Leader: Gerrit Evensen
Funding amount: $200

This garden is a demonstration of several easy, ecological landscape methods for small spaces. The plant pallete focuses on edibles, wildlife habitat plants, and soil enriching plants. The techniques utilized, as well as the design itself, create a self-sustaining, very low-maintenance garden, and products is shared by the community.


Project: Rainwater Catchment System

Project leader: Brent Deyo
Funding amount: $600

Brent and his team designed and installed a 1,000 gallon rainwater catchment system at the Pride Center in the spring of 2014. This project provides an educational tool to teach students and the community about water issues in Corvallis including: residential water sources, stormwater runoff destinations, and sustainable solutions to meet the burden of a growing population.


Project: Cooking Classes

Organization: OSU Food Group
Project leader: Madison Delmendo
Funding amount: $800

The OSU Food Group held two cooking classes featuring local foods, lead by an expert chef. These free cooking classes were offered to OSU students, staff, and community members. The specific goals of these cooking classes are to 1) instill knowledge about basic cooking skills and empower participants to cook for themselves; 2) impart knowledge about local and sustainable food systems and utilize these ingredients during the cooking classes; 3) provide a forum for collaboration between participants, community members, local farmers, and chefs.


Project: Transatlantic Student Symposium

Organization: Transatlantic Students Symposium
Project leader: Elba Moise
Funding amount: $1,403

The Transatlantic Students Symposia are a series of short-term graduate-level exchanges providing a student-based and largely student-run space for the discussion of topics of contemporary relevance in an interdisciplinary, experiential and transatlantic setting, in cooperation between OSU, Humboldt-University Berlin (Germany), and the University of Warsaw (Poland). The 2014 Students Symposium was dedicated to questions of environmental, cultural, and educational sustainability. After faculty-led workshops and courses at all three participating universities, students traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for institutional visits, talks and workshops. The Symposium closed with a student-based and student-organized conference at OSU.


Project: Community Bike Fix-It Station

Organization: Dixon Recreational Center
Project leader: Jessica Keil
Funding amount: $1,140

Jessica was funded to install a public bike repair station to enhance after-hours access to repair equipment for bike commuters outside of the Dixon Recreation Center. The bike repair station is a tool for all students on campus, making it easier to bike commute.


Academic Year 2012-2013

Project: Sustainable Cooking Series

Organization: OSU Food Group
Project leader: Amanda Green
Funding amount: $600

In 2012, OSU Food Group's Amanda Green applied for a project grant from the SSI for $600. The OSU Food Group has utilized SSI funds for their Sustainable Cooking Series in the past with great success. In the 2012 series, the classes were in Snell Kitchen and offered students a sustianable way to cook scones, roasted potatoes, salad, and many other foods. The SSI and OSU Food Group are very closely connected and continue to collaborate on projects such as the Sustainable Cooking Series.


Project: New Solar Array

Organization: Solar Vehicle Team
Project leader: Andrew O'Connor
Funding amount: $6,000

The Solar Vehicle Team has worked with the SSI in the past to upgrade and maintain their solar vehicles. In 2012, the SSI awarded the team $6,000 in order to assist team member Wilkins White with replacing the solar array on a solar vehicle. As Wilkins puts it, the project was "an amazing experience to be part of a team to build something that matters!" Wilkins was a freshman at the time, and the SSI's grant money enabled him to work with senior members to create an advanced project. The SSI is proud to help fund the Solar Vehicle Team's endeavors.


Project: Career Wardrobe Makeover

Organization: MANRRS
Project leader: Vananh Nguyen
Funding amount: $500

OSU's Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences club hosted their annual Career Wardrobe Makeover in the MU Ballroom with the help of SSI's Project Grant funds. MANRRS collected formal and interview-appropriate attire and offered it to students for extremely low prices - as low as $1 for a piece of jewelry and $10 for a suit jacket. The event helped students find appropriate clothes that would help them look nice for job interviews.


Project: Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry

Organization: OSU Fashion Organization
Project leader: Randi Ponce
Funding amount: $2,000

Randi Ponce was an OSU student majoring in Apparel Design and Merchandising Management. She has a passion for sustainable apparel and brought this to the SSI's attention, and aquired a Project Grant in order to make a change. She has been co-president of the Road to Responsible Industry at OSU's Fashion Organization.


Project: Switch Energy Project

Organization: Sustainable Energy Initiative
Project leader: Nathan Hinkle
Funding amount: $500

The movie Switch is a movie calling for a switch from unsustainable energy towards a sustainable source. Nathan Hinkle applied for funds in order to host a meeting in LaSells Center on campus for a screening of the movie and a panel of OSU's sustainable-focused faculty experts. The event was largely hosted by the Sustainable Energy Initiative, a student group at OSU.


Project: Upstream International Health Conference

Organization: International Health Club
Project leader: Elba Moise
Funding amount: $2,464

In May of 2013, the SSI funded the third biennial International Health Conference, which focused on Upstream Global Health. It was hosted by the International Health Program and the International Health Club at OSU in Milam Auditorium. Many presenters came to speak at this event and offered new ideas that pertain to international health issues in today's world.