The area of the SSI's work related to the sustainability of the food systems used by the OSU community, and the disconnect between people and their sustenance.

Sneha Gantla

Photograph of Sneha Gantla .
Food Projects Coordinator

Kelly Fedderson

Photograph of Kelly Fedderson.
Food Projects Coordinator

As the Food Projects Coordinator at the SSI, Kelly Fedderson works to connect the OSU community with its sources of sustenance and promote thoughtful and sustainable eating.


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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Katie Gaudin

Photograph of Katie Gaudin.
Food Projects Coordinator

As the Food Systems Coordinator, Katie Gaudin, helps inspire students to get involved in food related efforts on campus, working on sustainability campaigns, and co-leading the OSU Food Group, and organizes cooking classes and informational workshops about food and sustainability on campus. Throughout here career, she has held various jobs related to business and sustainability. Before joining the SSI, she was a Student Intern for the Austin Family Business Program at OSU. Before that: a co-founder of Green Eye Marketing, in which she was responsible for marketing a Portland furniture manufacturing company. Currently a senior at OSU, Kaite is majoring in Business Administration, and minoring in Spanish. After graduating this spring, she hopes to find a job that allows her to combine business expertise with passion for sustainability and social responsibility. After working for a year or two, she plans on returns to school to get an MBA. She loves biking, hiking, swimming, reading, playing on beaches, picking apart TV shows with friends, and enjoying good food.