A major contributor to the sustainability movement recently transitioned to another position at OSU. While she certainly leaves large shoes to fill at her previous job, we are delighted she is still at OSU and that we can continue to work together to advance social justice and sustainability.
Working as a student at ASOSU from 2006-2007, Andrea Norris helped establish OSU’s first – and largest – renewable energy purchases. As a growing student leader, Andrea coordinated the newly formed Student Sustainability Initiative in 2007-2008 and continued for 14 years developing a strong, consistent, and effective marketing and outreach program for OSU’s waste prevention and recycling efforts. This summer, Andrea moved to a new position at OSU’s Basic Needs Center (formerly HSRC), where she is mentoring a team of students who work with their peers to navigate resources and problem-solve to meet their basic needs.
Andrea is leaving quite a legacy as the Campus Recycling Marketing & Development Coordinator. She mentored and guided many interns, student program assistants, volunteers, and Eco-Reps, while implementing a long list of proactive, evidence-based programs such as the department compost program, Repair Fairs, surplus school supplies giveaways, food waste prevention campaigns, a graduation gown reuse program, and an emerging campus-wide reusable cups program to name a few. She was the co-instructor for many of our strongest volunteers for waste prevention in our community, the Master Recyclers of Linn and Benton Counties.
More recently, she initiated and facilitated departmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) dialogue, training, planning, and programs, resulting in a 3-year action plan already underway in Materials Management and the Sustainability Office. A most notable outcome so far is the increase in women in the Materials Management workforce from 5% to more than 40% over the past two years.
We are fortunate to have Andrea still at OSU, embarking on challenges and successes to be achieved in her new role. Her dedication, leadership, and sense of stewardship of OSU’s mission at Materials Management make her a “sustainability superstar” among us. Good luck, and thank you, Andrea!
Andrea’s departure leaves a new opportunity for an emerging leader to join a team of dedicated professionals guiding waste prevention programs at OSU.
We are pleased to announce the recruitment for a full-time position to support Materials Management’s development and execution of waste prevention, recycling, and reuse programs. The position also supports Surplus Property to recycle or transfer goods and materials back to OSU departments, state and local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and the public. As lead staff of our Campus Recycling Outreach Team, this position develops educational and awareness materials and creates new programs to influence sustainable behaviors at the Corvallis Campus.
OSU seeks diversity as a source of enrichment for our university community. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
For more information go to the posting on the OSU Jobs website. For additional information please contact John Deuel at email@example.com or 541-737-2856. Application closing date is August 21, 2022.