Wage Grants

The Wage Grant cycle for the 2014-2015 academic year has passed. Please check back next year for information about how to apply.

About the SSI Wage Grant Program

SSI established the Wage Grant program to support student engagement in sustainability efforts and to increase departments’ capacity to meet internal sustainability goals. In line with the 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’ built environment, operations, policy, academics, and/or student engagement.

Funded Positions

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Wage Grant Awardess!

Department: Crop and Soil Science
Position: Organic Growers Club Summer Interns

Supervisor: James Cassidy
Funding awarded: $2,020

Organic Growers Club Summer Interns further their understanding of agriculture and crop production through hands-on learning and are responsible for completing the bulk of the hard work that helps make ORGS a successful organization. Our interns take part in planting, maintenance (mowing, weeding, pruning), caring for chickens, harvesting, and marketing the vegetables we produce at our Friday vegetable sales in the ALS foyer. Students who complete this internship leave with an increased knowledge of sustainable landscape and agricultural practices and an understanding of what it takes to manage a farm. Besides contributing to the well-being of the farm and maintaining it, interns implement new growing strategies and experiments such as raised beds or new perennial crops. One tangible goal of this year’s intern program s is to grow and harvest enough produce to sell and continue to donate to the OSU Food Pantry.


 Department: Energy Efficiency Center
Position: Energy Analyst

Supervisor: Joseph Junker
Funding awarded: $4,200

The Energy Analyst works with the Energy Center: the campus power/cogeneration facility. The student in this position works with Facilities personnel to identify opportunities to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of systems in the power/cogeneration facility, steam distribution, and end use applications. Work includes system data collection, evaluation of system energy use and efficiency, and development of recommendations to reduce cost and energy consumption, with a goal of reducing OSU’s contributions to global carbon emissions. 



 Department: Food in Culture and Social Justice Program
Position: Campus Food Assessment Interns

Supervisor: Sarah Cunningham
Funding awarded: $4,800

The overall objective of the Campus Food Assessment Project is to increase the amount of sustainable food served in Oregon State University’s dining facilities. The Interns are responsible for benchmarking the current level of sustainability of food served in campus dining facilities. OSU will join campuses across the United States that are actively working to reform their food systems. Participants in this project will be able to analyze the campus food system as a microcosm for the global food system and will gain new understandings of the linkages between food production, consumption, and environmental sustainability. The data compiled will be available to students and serve as an important educational resource, particularly for students enrolled in courses that address food and sustainability issues.


Department: Materials Management (Recycling & Surplus Property)
Position: E‐Waste Project Coordinator
Supervisor: Steve Schofield
Funding awarded: $1,938

Given that some of the U.S.’s electronic waste (e‐waste) is sent overseas, where it at times is incinerated or landfilled rather than recycled, creating dangerous and unjust working and living environments for oversees communities, Materials Management believes we should ensure that e-waste generated by the university is in fact recycled responsibly. The purpose of this position is to assess OSU’s current processes and vendors for recycling e‐waste and investigate if alternatives exist that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The position will focus on gathering information on what it would take for OSU to become e‐Stewards certified and assessing how OSU could disassemble and sort e‐waste components in-house. By obtaining e‐Stewards certification, OSU will ensure that the way it and its vendors handle e‐waste minimizes the impact on the environment and avoids the exploitation of workers.


Department: Recreational Sports
Position: Student Sustainability Coordinator

Supervisor: Bill Callender
Funding awarded: $5,040

The Student Sustainability Coordinator assists the Department of Recreational Sports (DRS) in advancing our commitment to sustainability in collegiate recreation. DRS has been a campus leader in numerous sustainability efforts as it relates to the built environment and technology such as the installation of renewable energy producing ReRev elliptical machines, green cleaning practices, building system monitoring, retro-commissioning of existing systems, and proposals for energy conservation projects. To further this work, the Student Sustainability Coordinator advocates for sustainable programs, initiatives and projects within the DRS. The student assists with creating, developing and implementing sustainability projects; educating the OSU community about our environmental, social, and economic sustainability initiatives; and assessing the impact and outcomes of the DRS’ commitment to sustainability. As the DRS continues to pursue efforts to create healthy people and communities, students will be vital in moving our sustainability efforts forward.


Department: Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word
Position: Spring Creek Project Intern
Supervisor: Carly Lettero
Funding awarded: $4,320

We are facing unprecedented environmental problems, and we need creative, critical thinkers who can re-imagine our relationship to the natural world and provide leadership through these difficult times. This internship position gives a student the opportunity to imagine different, more sustainable ways of living in the world and with all the living things that inhabit the world. The Intern’s responsibilities include: developing new workshops and events to engage participants in science, art, and creative writing encounters with campus animals, plants and landscapes; developing an on‐line archive of

Campus Creature Census submissions; building project collaborations and partnerships; and promoting Spring Creek Project programs and events on campus.


Department: Sustainability Office
Position: Energy Project Student Technician
Supervisor: Brandon Trelstad
Funding awarded: $8,000

Greening the campus footprint and educating peers about that work is central to the responsibilities of this position. The Student Technician is involved in such projects as conservation awareness (Campus Conservation Nationals, Campuses Take Charge, etc.), electric vehicle charging station support, and Solar Trailer management. Another key duty is gathering monthly utility meter data. This extensive data collection process allows the Sustainability Office to troubleshoot campus energy issues, as well as look for ways to decrease consumption. This position provides vital support to OSU resource (energy, water) conservation projects and provides work experience that is not common for undergraduates.