The area of the SSI's work related to making energy usage at OSU more sustainable through increases in efficiency, decreases in consumption, and shifts in energy sources.

Bailey Murphy

Photograph of Bailey Murphy .
Energy Projects Coordinator

Bailey is an awesome person who thoroughly enjoys the outdoors with respect and recreation. Her goal is to make students aware of the energy issues and opportunities on campus and in Corvallis. 


2011 Sustainability Festival

Keir Thomas, Student Sustainability Initiative, Sustainability Festival
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The 2011 OSU Sustainability Festival draws a record attendance, offers many options and experiences.

This year’s OSU Sustainability Festival saw around 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members inundate the Student Sustainability Center grounds during the three-hour event on Wednesday, September 21st. Attendees enjoyed live music, local food, a sustainability info fair with eighteen local groups and organizations, and a fun assortment of sustainability related games and activities.

The Festival went from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and was held on the Student Sustainability Center grounds and adjacent green space.

Currently in its fourth year, the Festival is a collaborative effort between the Student Sustainability Initiative, Campus Recycling, and the Sustainability Office. This year, the sponsoring organizations were also joined by a large number of campus and community groups, who provided food, activities, services, and a lot of information on issues, campaigns, and opportunities to get involved. While attendance this year surpassed original expectations, it was the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone there that made the turnout impressive.

The Festival is intended to provide an opportunity for new and returning students to learn more about sustainability issues and connect with the wide range of groups in a fun, festive, and welcoming atmosphere. Making our own salsa with veggies fresh from the SSC garden was delightful. Lawn bowling with recyclables was surprisingly addictive. But the conversations, relationships, and inspirations were the real prizes.

For a more on that salsa and the OSU Sustainability Festival, check out the article written by the Gazette-Times. (It ran on the front page of their daily paper on September 22nd, 2011.)

For more pictures, check out the SSI’s photo album of the Festival.

This article was also published on the Ecologue, OSU’s sustainability blog, on September 30th, 2011.

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Mikkel VandeBergh

Photograph of Mikkel VandeBergh .
Energy Projects Coordinator

Mikkel VandeBergh is a fifth year student in the environmental engineering program working as the Energy Coordinator at the SSI. She has been interested in renewable energy since high school when she learned about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Since then she has helped to promote renewable energy and specifically biodiesel greatly. Her work with the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel promotes biodiesel for Universities across the nation and her work with the Sustainable Energy Imitative on works spread awareness of renewable energy sources at OSU. Her latest adventure was an internship in Washington D.C. where she combined engineering and policy to research the Renewable Electricity Standard. After she graduates this year she hopes to work for a environmental consulting firm and eventually work for the state legislature developing renewable energy policy. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, biking, baking, dancing and traveling. 


Lauren Jespersen

Photograph of Lauren Jespersen.
Energy Projects Coordinator

Lauren received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University where he majored in Civil Engineering. Upon graduating, he took a job in Chicago working for a consulting engineering firm where he worked on several LEED projects and gained valuable experience in both of the construction and engineering industries. Since May of 2009, Lauren has been working for his family’s business where he is working on developing a closed loop pumped storage facility, which is a utility scale energy storage facility that would be located on his family’s farm in southern Oregon. He is now working on his Masters of Business Administration here at Oregon State and is doing his master’s thesis on putting together a business model for another utility scale energy storage project. Lauren plans to return to his family’s farm in southern Oregon where he will be a fifth generation farmer and continue working on the development of the energy storage facility. Lauren is an avid runner and cyclist. When he is not training for marathons or carving down mountains on his bike he likes to go hiking and camping in Oregon’s beautiful back country.