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Garin Anderson – Energy Project Student Tech Position summary from April 2013 until June 2015

August 27th, 2015

Garin Anderson has worked with the OSU Sustainability Office for almost three years. In this time he has taken responsibility for many different aspects of what the office does, from metering projects to outreach projects. Garin has also participated in many other department activities and was always willing to help out with any project that could use his knowledge and time. He would help SSI with projects where data collection or historical knowledge was important. Some of his largest roles were reading all the campus’s utility meters each month and being responsible for SSI’s Solar Trailer.  Along with that, Garin volunteered with Campus Recycling over the years for various opportunities to help them with residence halls Move-Out Donation Drives.


The Solar Trailer charging an EV last summer at OMSI, Portland for Drive Revolution event

After a few months, Garin was able to maintain and transport the Solar Trailer for events on campus and all the way to Portland, if requested.  Garin ensured the trailer was ready at all times for outreach opportunities.  This included making sure outreach signs were updated and looked good for events, checking that the battery system was running properly, communicating to event managers on how to properly use the trailer, and sometimes being on site during events to head off any issues that could occur.  Typically, the trailer is the primary or only power source at events, so mishaps, which are rare, need to be fixed immediately.


Garin at the SSI’s Sustainability Festival tabling for the Sustainability Office

Garin at the SSI’s Sustainability Festival tabling for the Sustainability Office

Garin’s other work has included helping with event planning and execution. This year, for Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), he helped in the planning stages to provide historical knowledge. In the two previous years, Garin contributed to CCN by providing meter data, working with SSI staff to interpret data and provide event programming and follow up.  In previous years, he collected data from every residence hall once a week to supply consumption numbers for SSI to publish for the competition. Even though CCN did not take place this year, Garin was a useful source of historical knowledge for new SSI employees on past events and how those events turned out. Garin has also spent significant time managing GEO 300 students at six different events just this spring quarter, as well as a few each quarter over the past two years. Several of these projects included removing invasive plant material from campus natural areas. Other projects involved replacing aerators in sinks around campus and recently, they surveyed laboratory fume hoods on campus.  He has been responsible for project set up, managing workers, cleanup and assessment.

GEO 300 volunteer projects cleaning up unwanted plants from the solar arrays

GEO 300 volunteer projects cleaning up unwanted plants from the solar arrays

In summary, here are the key tasks Garin did in his time at the Sustainability Office:

  • Read OSU utility meters as part of OSU’s billing and conservation programs. Tasks included preparing Excel spreadsheets for field use, scheduling reads with colleagues, taking the reads at locations throughout campus including restricted areas and inputting data.
  • Maintain, transport and set up the Solar Trailer. This includes safely towing and moving the Trailer, a 6000 lb., highly complex device.
  • Help plan and manage energy and water conservation projects.
  • Perform field work like small equipment installation/modification and solar array site maintenance.
  • Join colleagues and other OSU departments for various outreach events and activities.
  • Survey buildings for conservation opportunities.


Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight: Pete Lepre

August 26th, 2015

Pete Lepre sitting at the wheel of a forklift.

This week’s Staff Spotlight features Pete Lepre.

Who: Pete Lepre, Recycling Program Manager for Campus Recycling for the last 10 years.

What he does here:
I am in charge of operations and overall maintenance of the recycling program. This includes responding to recycling requests from the campus community, managing recycling collection routes, and supervising staff who complete the recycling routes.

One fave thing about his job:
I’m passionate about recycling so I like that everything we touch is recycling.

If he could improve one thing about waste reduction at OSU:
More awareness. I wish that people would respect resources more.

This post is part of the”Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight” blog series, which showcases staff from Campus Recycling and Surplus Property and will run regularly during the summer. Tune in throughout the summer for more.

Learn About Our Eco-Reps!

August 25th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what the Eco-Representative position is all about? If so, then today is your lucky day!

Here’s a brand new video, starring the Eco-reps of the 2014-2015 school year explaining what they do and why they love being Eco-Reps.

Applications for 2015-2016 Eco-Reps will open at the beginning of fall term. Eco-Rep positions are available to students living in on-campus dorms.

For more information on the Eco-Reps position, check out the Sustainability Office webpage here.

Meet Our New Addition to the Sustainability Office: Margaret Strong

August 21st, 2015


Strong-Bio-photoWho: Margaret Strong, Administrative Program Specialist, Sustainability Office, just started in July 2015.

What she does here: My focus will be on the energy usage on campus. I will be working with the new advanced meters, optimizing the energy reduction opportunities that additional usage data will provide.

Favorite thing about her job: The tremendous potential to reduce campus energy waste and increase renewable energy on site.

If she could improve one thing energy related at OSU: Increase the amount of renewable energy on campus. As the cost of solar has reduced, there are plenty of rooftops that have solar potential.


SSI now accepting applications for Sustainability Project, Research & Professional Development Grants

August 21st, 2015

The Student Sustainability Initiative is now accepting applications for Sustainability Project, Research and Professional Development Grants!

SSI believes our campus can be a model living laboratory for sustainability. We established the Sustainability Grant Program to provide students opportunities to create a more sustainable institution and take an active role in promoting social change. In-line with SSI’s vision, applications must advance a culture of sustainability at OSU through action, education, and opportunity. Preference will be given to proposals that clearly impact the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the Corvallis campus.

Application materials are available at: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/ssi/grants. The application deadline for Project and Research Grants is 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, November 16, 2015. Professional Development applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Contact Kim Helm for more information at kimberly.helm@oregonstate.edu or 541-753-4072.

3-Day Clearance at the OSUsed Store August 26-28

August 19th, 2015

Clearance sale graphic

The OSUsed Store is open for a 3-day clearance sale Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 26-28, at 12-4 pm each day. Take advantage of extended hours and extra low prices.

Specially marked items throughout the store will be on clearance and drop in price each day – 25% off Wednesday, 50% off Thursday and 75% off on Friday!

Clearance prices will apply to specially marked items only, which will include special green “clearance sale” dots throughout the store, orange dot merchandise (includes computer peripherals such as monitors, printers, video cards, etc.) and white price gun tags (includes housewares, office supplies, lab glass and equipment, and more).

Available merchandise will include computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). The store is operated by OSU Surplus Property and sells surplus equipment and material to departments on campus as well as members of the public during special public sales, in an effort to reduce landfill waste and keep money in the university.

While our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases, departments (as well as government agencies and non-profits) are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Clearance prices are only valid during the public sale times listed above, however.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our OSUsed Store page or contact us.

Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight: Ian King

August 17th, 2015

This week’s Staff Spotlight features Ian King.

Ian King showing off all the surplus he gets to sort through.

Who: Ian King, a Student Worker for Surplus for the last 3 months.

What he does here:
I mainly work in receiving where I help manage what comes in from all around campus and decide whether it gets sold at the store, recycled, or trashed. I also cashier on sale days and go on surplus pick-ups.

One fave thing about his job:
Seeing all the cool stuff that comes through, like really old technology. The other day we got one of the first Apple computers.

If he could improve one thing about waste reduction at OSU:
More student involvement and a change in the mindset that recycling and waste reduction is a chore.

This post is part of the”Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight” blog series, which showcases staff from Campus Recycling and Surplus Property and will run regularly during the summer. Tune in throughout the summer for more.

Energize Corvallis Public Outreach Internship

August 13th, 2015

As mentioned in a post earlier, Corvallis is currently competing for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. In order to help spread the word about reducing the community’s energy usage, the Corvallis Environmental Center is looking for Public Outreach interns.

The position involves tasks such as going door-to-door and tabling at community events.takechargecorvallis

The internship will begin Tuesday Sept. 8th and go on until Wednesday Sept. 23rd. Interns are expected to volunteer between 30 and 40 hours per week and complete a total of 90 hours in 2 and a half weeks. Interns will also attend trainings and weekly meetings to solidify their understanding of Energize Corvallis programs.

Main duties of interns will include discussing energy efficiency and conservation with community members, helping Corvallis residents register for Take Charge Corvallis,  entering data into an online database, and distributing promotional materials.

For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by midnight on August 24th. The final deadline for all application will be midnight on September 1st.

Find out more about the internship here and click here to apply.


Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight: Andrea Norris

August 12th, 2015

This edition of our Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight features Andrea Norris.

Who: Andrea Norris (“Dre”), Marketing & Development Coordinator for Recycling and Surplus for almost 7 years

What she does here:
I work on recycling and surplus events, electronic and print marketing, the Waste Watchers club, recycling pilot programs, program assessment, and long-term planning.

One fave thing about her job:
Time spent working with volunteers, students and staff who also want to make an impact on waste reduction at OSU. They give me the inspiration and energy to continue the work I do.

If she could improve one thing about waste reduction at OSU:
We would have zero or near zero disposable coffee cups on campus because everyone would carry and use reusables. Not only would we reduce waste, but it would signal a shift in people’s mindset. You told me I could change any one thing, so I might as well dream big, right?

This post is part of the”Recycling/Surplus Staff Spotlight” blog series, which showcases staff from Campus Recycling and Surplus Property and will run regularly during the summer. Tune in throughout the summer for more.

Become an Energizer for Take Charge Corvallis!

August 6th, 2015

The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is currently looking for volunteers (called Energizers!) to help spread the word about “Take Charge Corvallis”.

Take Charge Corvallis is the coalition’s local initiative to compete for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The initiative’s goal is to get all community members in the know about how important energy saving is and how easy it can be.

The next Energizers training will be Sunday, August 6 from 5:30 to 7 pm. If interested, please contact info@sustainablecorvallis.org.

To read more about the Energizer volunteer position, check out Corvallis Sustainability Coalition website.

To sign up for Take Charge Corvallis, check out their website.


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