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Associated Students of Oregon State University
Director of Environmental Affairs
Office: Snell 149
The Director of Environmental Affairs assists ASOSU in promoting self-governance in the best interests in the students of Oregon State University, specifically regarding topics in sustainability and environmental health. I advise the executive cabinet on these issues, sit on the Provost’s sustainability council and the Student Sustainability Initiative’s fee board, stay up to date on current environmental research and policy, advocate for positive and real change, and lead the Environmental Affairs task force. This task force consists of various members of the student and faculty body. We, as a team, act to develop awareness of our impact of the world around us, planning activities, projects, lectures, campaigns, movies, debates, etc. We actively solicit student participation in these events, as well as encourage collaboration with/ lend aid to other campus organizations that promote similar values in sustainable practices.
Current Projects and Goals
In winter 2015, the Student Experience Center (SEC) will open. Due to the efforts of multiple parties, the SEC was designed to fulfill a sustainable building standard and a gold LEED certification. The energy efficient and day lights, natural ventilation, edible garden, etc. were all designed to meet this standard.
This victory, amongst others, was worked on by my predecessors, and I hope to continue unfinished projects of that nature, including the “These Come From Trees” campaign and OSU’s divestment from fossil fuels.
I also look to start projects of my own, researching and potentially implementing rainwater harvesting and creating waste reduction awareness by campaigning specifically against non-recyclable/compostable/reusable cups and mugs.
Lastly, I hope to bridge the campus and surrounding community by sponsoring community events/panels/debates/etc. regarding sustainability and environmental health.
How to Get Involved
Become part of our task force! We take interns and volunteers each term. There is a weekly task force meeting in which we discuss our progress. You can help with campaigns and events around campus and in the community. We’re looking to do some big things this year and we’d love to have your input and help!