OUS Sustainability Conference


Monday, February 28, 2011

In 2008, OUS held its first system-wide sustainability conference at UO in Eugene.  This successful event, attended by nearly 300 participants, brought together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the State Board of Higher Education to discuss green purchasing, energy management, co-curricular activities, and alternative transportation.  Since then OUS institutions have launched many new sustainability-related initiatives in research, curriculum and operations.  As a result, our campuses continue to enjoy strong regional and national reputations for their leadership. 

It’s time to come together again to share our work, celebrate our accomplishments, and make bold new plans. 

Please join us on February 28, 2011 at OSU’s CH2MHill Alumni Center in Corvallis

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Registration Fees

Affiliation Early Registration Fees
Before February 20
Late Registration Fees
February 20 or later
OUS Students $10 $15
OUS Faculty/Staff $30 $50
NON-OUS Students $30 $50
General Public
$75 $100

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Conference Schedule

OUS Sustainability Conference

February 28, 2011

OSU CH2MHill Alumni Center

8:00 AM
Registration, coffee, poster display and networking in Alumni Center Lobby
8:30 Welcome and kickoff in the Ballroom - OSU Vice Provost Rebecca Warner
8:40    Morning address - Jason F. McLennan: Living Buildings and Living Campuses

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

9:30 Session 1
STARS Overview: UO, OSU and PSU ratings comparisons to other institutions
Evan Lewis, Noelle Studer-Spevak, Brandon Trelstad
and Judy Walton
Intercampus Student Sustainability Network
Angela Hamilton, Lauren Jabusch and Nathan Jones
Analysis of Embodied Emissions in Purchased Materials
David Allaway
Room 114 Room 111 Room 115
10:30 Break
10:45 Session 2
STARS Lessons: how do we improve and use scores to move institutions toward sustainability?
Brendan Bohannan, Vincent Martorello, Judy Walton and Wim Wiewel
Student Sustainability Projects: Four schools give examples of successful projects and discuss other projects that stalled
Honoré Depew, Katie Gaudin, Spencer Jones and Drew Serres
Purchasing Policies: Incentives and barriers for commonly purchased items (paper, electronics, lab materials, cleaning supplies, etc.)
Kevin Lyons and Alicia Culver
Room 114 Room 115 Room 111
12:00 PM
Lunch is served in the Ballroom.
Slideshow "tour" of campus sustainability projects.
12:30 Lunch keynote: ASU President Michael Crow
1:20 Break
1:30 Session 3
Financing Sustainability Projects: building for carbon neutrality
Brian Laird, John MacLean, Christopher Ramey and Bob Simonton
Civic Engagement Part 1: co-curricular opportunities, internships, volunteering, and connecting students with these opportunities
Peg Boulay and Kevin Kecskes
What's New in Waste Reduction: reusable containers, composting, surplus, bottled water, move out, etc.
Karyn Kaplan and Andrea Norris
Room 114 Room 111 Room 115
2:30 Break
2:45 Session 4
Marketing and Outreach Tools and Tactics: using social media and other tools for recruitment and publicity
David Baker, Kelli Matthews and Peter Welte
Civic Engagement Part 2: Examples across OUS of successful projects that result from civic engagement programs
Steve Cook, Chris Jones and Heather Spalding
The Food Showcase: campuses show off their best local, seasonal, organic offerings with suppliers on hand to discuss their products
Peter Truitt
Room 114 Room 111 Giustina Living Room
4:00 Closing remarks by Rep. Jules Kopel Bailey and dialogue between students, faculty, staff, administrators and Higher Education Board members.
Hosted by Brian Laird, OSU Student Sustainability Initiative Program Facilitator and facilitated by OSU's Lisa Hoogesteger.
5:15 Evening networking event with Hors d'oeuvres

Conference Session 1


Track 1 - STARS Overview: UO, OSU and PSU ratings comparisons to other institutions

This session will describe the genesis and framework of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Sustainability coordinators and staff behind recent STARS submissions by OSU, PSU, and UO will review highlights and challenges, and touch on room for institutional improvement, segueing to the STARS Lessons session at 10:45.

Judy Walton

Judy Walton is the Membership & Outreach Director of AASHE. She was the founding Executive Director of AASHE, and before that the founding E.D. of Education for Sustainability Western Network (EFS West). Her interests in sustainability and higher education are long-standing. As a faculty member at Humboldt State University during the early 2000's, she played a key role in campus sustainability efforts. Prior to that she worked for a green building consultancy in Washington state, when "green building" was a new field. Judy has delivered presentations to campuses and businesses across the U.S. and Canada, assisted campuses with strategic planning, and organized national and international events on sustainability and higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Geography from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis is a graduate teaching fellow in the U of O Office of Sustainability. With the Office of Sustainability, Evan was responsible for collecting data used in the U of O’s first STARS report.  He is also a second year graduate student in the U of O’s Community and Regional Planning Program, where his academic interests include natural hazard mitigation, sustainable land use, environmental impact assessment and water resources management. He received his BA in Geography and Community, Environment and Planning at the University of Washington in 2009. He is from Puyallup, Washington.

Noelle Studer-Spevak

Noelle Studer-Spevak currently serves as Sustainability Coordinator at Portland State University, overseeing greenhouse gas accounting and organizational learning efforts related to resource efficiency. Before that, she served the same role at Portland Community College, covering workforce development for green building-related programs.  Noelle has worked as an agroforestry extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and on urban forestry issues for the City of Seattle and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.  Noelle holds a Masters in Public Administration and a M.S. in Urban Forest Management from the University of Washington. 

Brandon Trelstad

Brandon Trelstad has been Oregon State University’s Sustainability Coordinator since November 2005.  Since graduating from OSU and working first in its Government Relations office, Brandon has gained an intimate understanding of the institution.  He now helps network university stakeholders, scope and finance energy conservation and renewable energy projects, track and report on sustainability metrics, support student engagement and respond to media and the public.  During Brandon’s tenure, OSU has gained a reputation as a leader in sustainability, achieving top 25 status for sustainability-related efforts and a STARS Gold ranking.

Since before its formation in 2007, Brandon has been very involved with the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, a local nonprofit organization with nearly 200 partner organizations working to accelerate the creation of a sustainable community.  In 2010, Brandon was recognized by 1000 Friends of Oregon as one of 35 Innovators Under 35.

Track 2 - Intercampus Student Sustainability Network

Oregon campuses have sprouting, growing and thriving student sustainability initiatives.  As we know from living systems, increased stability allows for emergence of more complex systems and increased diversity benefits the entire system.  This session will focus on how university students throughout the state can begin to collaborate and network for large-scale sustainability thinking and action.  In-person and via videoconference, learn about the successes and challenges of establishing and building coalitions and networks from present and former leaders in the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC), Cascade Climate Network and Sierra Student Coalition.  Participants will have the opportunity to envision an Oregon coalition and define stakeholders, resources, and steps toward collaboratively making it a reality. 

Angela Hamilton

Angela L. Hamilton is the Student Leadership Programs Assistant for the PSU Sustainability Leadership Center.  This year, she is convening a PSU Student Sustainability Leadership Council and igniting interest in a statewide student sustainability coalition.  In June 2011, she will complete her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy: Leadership for Sustainability Education focusing her research on a Gaia integrated learning model for sustainability education.  As the Social Architecture Coordinator for Students for Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning, Angela has organized PSU Sustainability Education Week for the past two years in collaboration with campus, city, and national partners.  She is also a board member for Earth Wisdom Alliance, a Portland non-profit that facilitates the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium and the WakeUp experience with the purpose of bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on earth.  

Lauren Jabusch 

Lauren Jabusch is one of the Co-Chairs of the Operating Team for the California Student Sustainability Coalition.  She attends UC Davis as a Biological Systems Engineering major and also is the Director of the Campus Center for the Environment at UC Davis.  Lauren's interest include bio-fuels and bio-plastics, environmental literacy education, and harnessing horizontal power - the use of personal and professional relationships for action.  Lauren plans on attending graduate school with an emphasis on renewable energy.

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones loves to learn and be creative, especially when it comes to developing innovative ways to organize for social change.  Awakening to his call to action in 2004, Nathan has trained and organized with hundreds of student organizers as an integral member of youth environment and climate organizations such as the Sierra Student Coalition.  In 2007 Nathan convened the founding meeting of the Cascade Climate Network and acted as Network Facilitator for this organization's first year.  Nathan has since gone on to co-found the Northwest Institute for Community Enrichment (NICE) which works with student volunteers and surrounding communities to develop ongoing programs that enhance the potential of green economy initiatives, build strong social networks around living sustainably, and distills lessons learned through these programs to produce replicable models and effective practices.  These models and practices are shared through the NICE Consulting, which in-turn funds the NICE.  Nathan is currently working with a local NICE team in Portland, OR, to coordinate the Sabin Neighborhood Enrichment Program and is helping coordinate the national Summer of Solutions program through his work with Grand Aspirations.  

Track 3 - Analysis of Embodied Emissions in Materials we Purchase: Environmental Impacts of Products

The environmental impact of products is large.  For example, roughly 42% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US are the consequence of making, transporting, and disposing of stuff.  But these impacts are often misunderstood.  Understanding how products impact the environment is a challenging task, but recent research is shedding new light on the stuff we buy – and how we can reduce its impacts.  Along the way, many popular beliefs are being challenged.

This session will use the framework of life cycle analysis to summarize what is known about the footprint of products, and examine the popular attributes that often inform efforts to "green" purchasing.  "Local", "recyclable", "recycled-content", "degradable", "bio-based" . . . Beware: some of these attributes are less helpful than others!  David Allaway will share the results of several recent studies that evaluate the environmental impacts of products, with some surprising and thought-provoking results.

David Allaway

David Allaway is a policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He serves as DEQ's technical specialist in solid waste prevention and is leading several projects to reduce waste generation and the environmental impacts of materials and waste in Oregon. Recent work includes the development of a consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory for Oregon, helping to staff the Materials Management Committee of the Global Warming Commission’s “Roadmap to 2020”, and several life cycle analyses.  David currently serves on the Steering Committees of Wal-Mart’s Packaging Sustainable Value Network and ICLEI’s Community-Scale GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Protocol.  Prior to joining DEQ, David was employed for over ten years at an environmental consulting firm where he served as project manager for solid waste planning, waste reduction, hazardous waste, and energy and water conservation projects throughout the United States. David has a B.A. in physics and a concentration in science, technology, and public policy from Carleton College, Minnesota.

Conference Session 2


Track 1 - STARS Lessons: how do we improve and use scores to move institutions toward sustainability?

STARS serves as a baseline assessment that can inform next steps in implementing the OUS sustainability policy, adopted in fall 2010, as well as various institutional strategic initiatives.  STARS requires institutions to collect mountains of data.  Does it ask the right questions?  How will the ratings and supporting data shape institutional goals?  What broad lessons can we learn from OUS institutions' results to date?  How might STARS inform and motivate university leaders to make strategic investments in areas that need attention?  Three university leaders will discuss these questions and more, and examine opportunities for individual institutions and the Oregon University System to make continual improvement in sustainability practices.

Brendan Bohannan

Brendan Bohannan is an associate professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon. Brendan joined the University of Oregon faculty in 2006, after 9 years on the Stanford University faculty. He is fascinated with the diversity of microbial life, and the interactions between humans and microbes.  After becoming an Aldo Leopold Leadership Program fellow in 2009, Brendan recently took on the task of re-organizing and leading the UO’s Sustainability Council.  Brendan received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and completed post-doctoral study, University of Chicago.  

Vincent Martorello

Vincent Martorello has served as Director of Facilities Services at OSU since 2005.  Vincent holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.  He is a certified Urban Planner and has served as a municipal planner in both the public and private sectors for ten years.  He held a position as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business at Dowling College, New York, where he taught Organizational Behavior, Government and Business Ethics, and Strategic Management. 

At Oregon State University, Vincent served as Campus Planning Manager, Associate Director of University Planning, and managed Transit and Parking Services.  During that time period, he managed the space planning and land use planning efforts, as well as the implementation of the Campus Master Plan.

Judy Walton

Judy Walton is the Membership & Outreach Director of AASHE. She was the founding Executive Director of AASHE, and before that the founding E.D. of Education for Sustainability Western Network (EFS West). Her interests in sustainability and higher education are long-standing. As a faculty member at Humboldt State University during the early 2000's, she played a key role in campus sustainability efforts. Prior to that she worked for a green building consultancy in Washington state, when "green building" was a new field. Judy has delivered presentations to campuses and businesses across the U.S. and Canada, assisted campuses with strategic planning, and organized national and international events on sustainability and higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Syracuse University, an M.A. in Geography from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Wim Wiewel 

Wim Wiewel assumed the presidency of Portland State University in August 2008. Under his leadership, the University has developed five guiding themes: provide civic leadership through partnerships, improve student success, achieve global excellence, enhance educational opportunity, and expand resources and improve effectiveness. This has brought a renewed focus on expanding the University’s civic partnerships in the region and achieving a new degree of excellence through investments such as the $25 million James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant for sustainability.

He serves on the sustainability committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and is currently on the boards of the Portland Business Alliance, Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.


Track 2 - Student Sustainability Projects: Four schools give examples of successful projects and discuss other projects that stalled

Empowering students and giving them the tools to develop as leaders and citizens is a key part of higher education.  Co-curricular education via student projects, including projects and campaigns to green the campus, help balance traditional curriculum and round out education.  What are the common elements of a successful student project or campaign?  What are ordinary barriers that students encounter when trying to scope, fund and execute projects at an OUS campus or beyond?  Students from four campuses will talk about fruitful projects and how they reached success, and will also discuss challenges encountered when attempting a variety of activities. 

Honore Depew

Honoré Depew is a senior at Portland State University majoring in Community Development in the School of Urban Studies and Planning.  Over the last two years Honoré has been deeply involved in promoting a culture of sustainability at the university in many ways.  From work with the environmental club to education and outreach for the recycling program to leading campus eco-tours as a student ambassador, his passion for being a part of the strong community of motivated students at Portland State has given him strength to keep working.

Honoré's most successful efforts have come in collaborating on a campaign to end the use of bottled water on campus as part of a national Take Back the Tap campaign.  He and fellow students have received multiple sources of funding over the last two years to help raise awareness, conduct research, install water refill stations and change student behavior.

Katie Gaudin

Katie Gaudin is the Food Coordinator for the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative. Katie works to inspire students to get involved in food related issues on campus, co-leads the OSU Food Group, and organizes cooking classes and informational workshops about food and sustainability on campus. Kaite 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 and a co-founder of Green Eye Marketing, in which she was responsible for marketing a Portland furniture manufacturing company. Currently a senior at OSU, Katie 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.

Spencer Jones

Spencer Jones is a second year student in the Renewable Energy Engineering program at Oregon Institute of Technology.  In Winter term 2010 he was selected for the Sustainability Internship program, serving as a curriculum assessment coordinator.  His responsibilities included assessing the entire OIT curriculum through a sustainability lens. He is currently working on developing a community energy auditing program led by students.  His functions include researching equipment for energy auditing, mentoring new interns and developing contacts with local energy contractors.  In October, Spencer participated in the AASHE conference in Denver.  After graduation, he would like to combine his background on energy with his passion for the environment.

Drew Serres

Drew Serres is senior at the University of Oregon and plans complete his environmental studies major in the Spring.  Drew is the Climate Justice League's (CJL) Leadership Development Coordinator. He provides trainings for the CJL and the UO community on a range of topics including working with the media and effective facilitation. Drew has also been a team facilitator on CJL’s ReGrow Eugene campaign which is currently integrating composting into Greek life.

The Climate Justice League’s mission is to empower students to organize their communities and be leaders in the climate justice movement. By using targeted campaigns, we will work together toward a safe, just and sustainable future for all.

Track 3 - Integrating values, scholarship, and technical assistance to local businesses: Best practices in collegiate procurement

Panelists will discuss best practices in purchasing and procurement in the Rutgers procurement program, arguably the best in the nation, and the role of procurement in sustainability efforts.  The Rutgers purchasing policy will be described, how it plays out with commonly-purchased items (paper, electronics, lab materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), the role students play in researching products/practices and providing support to help New Jersey businesses improve their social and environmental responsibility.  Resources will also be showcased, like the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.

Alicia Culver

Alicia Culver’s experience working on sustainability issues spans more than two decades. She has provided technical support to procurement agents and environmental program staff in many states and municipalities. She has helped develop model “green” purchasing policies and specifications for a wide-range of environmentally preferable goods and services such as low-mercury/energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, asthma-safe cleaning products, and compostable food service ware.

Alicia formerly worked as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Office of Sustainability and founded the Green Purchasing Institute. She currently chairs San Francisco’s Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group and has served as an advisor to many other organizations, including the National Healthy Schools Network, Green Guide for Health Care, GoodGuide, the Product Policy Institute, Environmental Working Group, and the European Environmental Bureau.

Kevin Lyons

Kevin Lyons, Ph.D., is the director of purchasing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and is a research professor in supply chain environmental management and archeology at Rutgers. 

Lyons is responsible for all procurement and contracting for the institution and also conducts research on developing and integrating global environmental, social, economic, ethical criteria and data into supply chain/procurement systems and processes.  His work includes environmentally preferable products and services research, designing and implementing local, national and international environmental economic development systems, waste-to-energy systems and environmental and sustainable social policy and financial impact forecasting (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley Environmental Impact Reporting).

Conference Session 3


Track 1 - Financing Sustainability Projects: building for carbon neutrality

This session explores bold and creative ways to finance major carbon emissions-reducing initiatives.  UO presents its proposal to cap energy consumption despite plans to add one million square feet of building space over the next decade.  The plan not only produces world-class green buildings but improves the efficiency of existing buildings.  OSU discusses its innovative student-led and student-funded revolving loan fund, large renewable energy purchases and financing of other energy projects.  PSU will talk about green energy purchasing and why they are moving away from the purchases of RECs to investment in efficiency projects on campus.  Presenters from the OUS Chancellor's Office discuss innovative financing and funding mechanisms. 

Brian Laird

Brian Laird is the Program Facilitator for OSU's Student Sustainability Initiative.  His involvement with sustainability at OSU began in 2008 as an intern with the Environmental Affairs Taskforce at ASOSU and a volunteer for the SSI.  He then served as the Political Engagement Coordinator for the SSI during 09-10 school year.  Some of his favorite experiences with his work have been attending the 2009 Power Shift conference in Washington, D.C., helping organize the Power Shift West conference in Eugene, and attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a youth delegate in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Brian is a junior in Psychology and hopes to study environmental law at Lewis and Clark.

John MacLean

John MacLean is the Associate Director for Finance & Business Services in Facilities and Planning at Portland State University.  Prior to joining to PSU, as a construction accountant in 2001 he worked for the Housing Authority of Portland and HM Customs & Excise in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Facilities and Planning manages a $70M capital budget and a $15M operation budget, including campus utilities.  As state funding declines John's work has increasingly  become looking for innovative ways to do more in a sustainable fashion with fewer resources.  John has a B.S. in Accounting from Napier University in Edinburgh and is a Certified Management Accountant.  A native of Scotland, he has been in Portland since 1999 and finds Portland very similar to Scotland apart from it being too hot and dry.

Cris Ramey

Christopher Ramey, AIA, joined the University of Oregon as a Planning Associate in the University’s Planning Office in 1988, and became Director in 1992.  During his tenure with the office it has been responsible for over $600 million of construction projects representing over a million gross square feet of space. Currently, the office is overseeing about $100 million worth of work in various stages of design.

Bob Simonton

Bob Simonton is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Capital Programs with the Oregon University System.  He has been in the position for over 10 years.  Before starting this position he was a senior administrator at Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center and served PSU for nine years in positions related to facilities management and construction administration.

Simonton is responsible for directing the overall administration of the capital construction program, sustainability, and purchasing for Oregon’s seven public universities and carrying out existing and new policies, including the ambitious directives of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

Track 2 - Civic Engagement Part 1: co-curricular opportunities, internships, volunteering, and connecting students with these opportunities

Civic engagement covers a range of ways institutions encourage students to support and learn from their communities.  Experts from UO and PSU present strategies and techniques to increase the quality and quantity of "green" civic engagement opportunities on our campuses.  Presenters will provide an overview of the civic engagement philosophies, strategies, and best practices being implemented at their two schools.

Peg Boulay

Peg Boulay is Co-Director of the Environmental Leadership Program at UO.  She is a wildlife ecologist with a broad background in natural resource research, management, planning, policy and conservation.  Her professional focus and interest is how scientific information is best collected, managed, synthesized, distilled and communicated to inform natural resource decisions.  Peg’s teaching background – undergraduate and graduate instruction, habitat workshops for landowners, nature guide training, and collaboration training for natural resource professionals – influences her teaching philosophy.  She believes that a varied and interactive approach fosters a high level of participation, interest, understanding and ability to apply information to practical situations.  Before joining UO, she spent 17 years as a professional wildlife biologist, primarily with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Though she has experience with a variety of taxa and issues, she has worked extensively with large carnivores and migratory birds.  She was also co-author, managing editor and implementation lead for the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a collaborative action plan for conserving Oregon’s fish, wildlife and habitats.

Kevin Kecskes

Kevin Kecskes, PSU's Associate Vice Provost for Engagement, and Director for Community-University Partnerships, is charged with helping campus and community constituents live the university motto: "Let Knowledge Serve the City."  Kevin was the Director of Service-Learning at Washington Campus Compact, and the Program Director of the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium from 1997-2002.  Kevin co-founded the Boston College International Volunteer Program and has spent a dozen years working, serving, and studying in the developing world, primarily in Latin America and Asia.  His recent publications focus on the nexus between cultural theory and community-campus partnerships, faculty and institutional development for civic engagement, student leadership development, ethics and community-based learning, values education, and service-learning impacts on community partners. 

Kevin edited Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good (2006, Anker Publications).  Kevin is affiliated faculty in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, where he annually teaches courses on “civic leadership” in the Division of Public Administration and Policy.  He received his B.S. from Boston College, Ed.M. from Harvard University, and Ph.D. from PSU.

Track 3 - What's New in Waste Reduction: reusable containers, composting, surplus, bottled water, move out, etc.

What are universities and colleges doing to further reduce their impact on our landfills?  Come to this session to learn about new and innovative efforts in waste reduction, as well as share your own from your campus.  Hear examples from UO and OSU, such as residence hall move-out, bottled water bans, zero waste events, surplus property sales, and much more.  We will then open it up to discussion to hear from you and your peers about what is going on at other universities, so we all leave with new ideas to implement and new contacts to help us move forward!

 Karyn Kaplan

Karyn Kaplan is the Environmental Resource and Recycling Program Manager at the University of Oregon.  After graduating from the UO, Karyn travelled the world and worked in the ski industry.  Returning to Eugene for post-graduate work, Karyn found herself working in a student group, which resulted in the creation of the Campus Recycling Program in 1990.  Karyn built the Program from the ground up and now works to administer it, which includes: developing waste reduction opportunities, educational and operational programs, policies and projects to reduce the campus resource impact.  Karyn also works with Campus Operations on sustainability initiatives.  Supporting students to implement campus waste reduction and sustainable practices is a key component in her work.  Karyn also serves on a National College and University Recycling Board and has worked to develop national initiatives such as Recyclemania.  One of the unique features of the UO’s Recycling Program is that it is completely staffed by student employees, academic interns and volunteers.  Over 1000 students have worked in the Program over the years, bringing the UO prestigious recognition and notable environmental and economic benefits.

Andrea Norris

Andrea Norris came to OSU in 2004 as a transfer student, graduating with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2008. As a student she worked for the Associated Students of OSU, coordinating the student-lead campaign to purchase renewable energy for OSU, which earned OSU an EPA Green Power Leadership Award in 2008 and an EPA Green Power Community of Year Award for the City of Corvallis in 2010. In her senior year, she worked as the coordinator of the Student Sustainability Initiative, creating the first student worker positions and renovating and opening the new Student Sustainability Center.

After graduating in 2008, Andrea was recruited by OSU Campus Recycling and was hired as its first Outreach Coordinator, a position that has since expanded to include Surplus Property and Campus Freight. She coordinates marketing and outreach efforts for the programs, including events, presentations, trainings, informational materials, signage, audits, and collaboration.

Conference Session 4


Track 1 - Marketing and Outreach Tools and Tactics: using social media and other tools for recruitment and publicity

When making great strides in sustainability at your university, how can you get the word out about it?  This session will cover how to utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube, etc.) as a tool to promote your institution's accomplishments and engage the community.  Topics will include how to gain fans and followers, encourage engagement in your social media accounts, evaluate the success of your efforts and convert online engagement into real life engagement.

 David Baker

David Baker is Director of the Web Communications office at OSU, which launched, in partnership with University Marketing, the award-winning Powered by Orange campaign. PBO connected tens of thousands of alumni and friends across Oregon and the country through a combination of social media, Web tactics and traditional marketing efforts.

David has spent nearly fifteen years in higher education and corporate communications, including OSU, the University of Missouri and Accenture.

Kelli Matthews

Kelli Matthews has a decade of public relations experience, the last eight as the director of a full-service public relations, marketing and design agency.  As such, Kelli has been directly responsible for high-level communication, strategic planning, budget management and leadership for a wide variety of clients, many of which are nonprofits and community organizations.

Kelli's six years of work with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication has required her to stay on the cutting edge of research and practice in public relations.  It’s also given her a chance to work with a talented group of educators and researchers.

Peter Welte

Peter Welte is an environmental advocate who majored in computer science.  While a coordinator for the PSU Bicycle Advocacy Collective, Peter enjoyed using social media tools for outreach and recruitment.  Then over the summer he developed the PSU EcoWiki, the online hub for news, events, and opportunities related to sustainability at PSU.  

Peter plans to continue developing online and mobile applications to help build communities and change the world.

Track 2 - Civic Engagement Part 2: Examples across OUS of successful projects that result from civic engagement programs

This session follows up on Civic Engagement Part 1 with examples of successful green civic engagement projects and programs from PSU, OSU, and UO.  Presenters will describe their initiatives and offer tips and lessons learned for creating and managing intellectually meaningful and personally rewarding experiences.

Steve Cook

Steve Cook has been teaching Geo 300, "Sustainability for the Common Good," at OSU for thirteen years.  About 11,000 juniors and seniors across those years have taken the course.  In 2007 he completely revamped the class, making it broad rather than deep, connecting with students by presenting material from the individual impact perspective - things they can do themselves to reduce their carbon footprint.  At the same time, it became clear that students were yearning to contribute to solving the world's problems, but the big issues facing humanity are so overwhelming that often cynicism or apathy reined.  Consequently he included a civic engagement component for about a third of the course grade. 

Each term students fan out across the OSU campus and Corvallis community in groups of six to perform four hours of fieldwork on a project.  The projects conclude with a Group Presentation and Group Paper.  Students participate in about 50 Group Projects each term, completing about 1100 hours of civic engagement.  Projects range from making a video or program for KBVR to grubbing blackberries for the Audubon Society to searching for incandescent light bulbs on OSU campus.  Feedback from both student participants and recipients is so overwhelmingly positive that it is a joy to behold.  In addition, there is a 5% extra credit component in the course, where students can also volunteer locally as well as attend pertinent lectures and seminars.

 Chris Jones

Chris Jones is one of two Program Managers for the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) at the University of Oregon. He is the primary coordinator of the Sustainable City Year (SCY) program, a simple and yet radical re-conceptualization of the public research university as catalyst for sustainable community change. SCY is a year-long partnership between the University of Oregon and one city in Oregon, in which students and faculty in courses from across the university collaborate with the partner city on sustainability and livability projects. SCY faculty and students work on real-world projects in collaboration with staff from the partner city through a variety of studio projects and service learning courses. Students bring energy, enthusiasm, and innovative approaches to difficult, persistent problems. SCY’s primary value derives from collaborations resulting in on-the-ground impact and forward movement for a community ready to transition to a more sustainable and livable future.

SCY is unique among service-learning programs around the country. This model combines faculty expertise and research with student enthusiasm to offer cities a vision for the future, and the knowledge and inspiration they need to transform their communities. This year in the City of Salem, SCY is applying 28 courses with 25 faculty across 10 disciplines with more than 500 students for 80,000 hours of work toward 16 city-identified projects.

Heather Spalding

Heather Spalding is the Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator and manages the Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC) at PSU.  This unique program is funded by the Miller Foundation and works with both the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Division of Student Affairs to coordinate student engagement and leadership opportunities for students.  The office manages programs which include the Residence Life EcoReps initiative, the Sustainability Volunteer Program, the Student Sustainability Leadership Council, and the Sustainability Tour Ambassador program.  The SLC also created the PSU’s EcoWiki, a social networking tool focused on sustainability for the PSU community.  The SLC attends new student orientation events to provide information about how students can get involved with sustainability on campus.  They also work to increase collaboration between students, staff, and faculty to invest in the campus community.

Spalding graduated from PSU with a degree in General Science and a certificate in Permaculture and Whole Systems Design in 2009.  She has received a variety of awards including the Oregon Campus Compact Award for Civic Leadership in Sustainability.  Her interests include engaging young people in positive solutions to current social and environmental challenges, improving access to community food systems, creating a "deeper" sustainability movement and infusing hands-on sustainability learning tools into the Oregon education system.

Track 3 - The Food Showcase: campuses show off their best local, seasonal, organic offerings with suppliers on hand to discuss their products

This loosely structured session celebrates and explores OUS' support for more sustainable food systems.  We’ll begin with a short introduction to frame the relationship between large institutional dining programs and local agriculture.  Then participants can enjoy a smorgasbord of local and organic food prepared by OSU Catering.  You’ll be encouraged to engage with fellow participants, dining services staff and local farmers about ways to strengthen these relationships.  It’s a culinary advising, networking, and tasting all rolled into one.  Bon appetite!    

Peter Truitt of Truitt Brothers.

Plenary Session Speakers

Morning Address: Jason F. McLennan, CEO, Cascadia Green Building Council

Jason McLennan

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, Jason F.
’s work has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United
States and Canada and he is a much sought after presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green
building and sustainability topics around the world.

McLennan serves as the CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading
organization in the field of green building and sustainable development and he is also the CEO of the
International Living Building Institute. He is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, an
international green building program, and co-creator of Pharos, the most advanced building material
rating system in North America.

Jason is known as an international thought leader in the green architecture movement and has lectured on sustainability across the United States and Canada. His work in the sustainable design field has been published or reviewed in dozens of journals, magazines conference proceedings and books including Architecture, Architectural Record, Dwell, Plenty, Metropolis, NY Times, The Globe and Mail, The World and I, Ecostructure, Greensource, Arcade and Environmental Design and Construction Magazine. He is the author of four books; The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection, The Ecological Engineer and Zugunruhe. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design is currently used as a textbook in over sixty universities and colleges and is distributed widely throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Jason is a former Principal at BNIM Architects, one of the founders of the green design movement in the United States, where he worked on many of the leading high performance projects in the country including LEED Platinum, Gold and zero-energy projects. At BNIM he created the building science team known as Elements, which set new standards for energy and resource efficiency on many of its projects in various building types. Jason is also the founder and CEO of Ecotone Publishing, the only dedicated green building publisher in North America. Jason has won numerous awards including a national Canadian Green Building Champion award and he was a finalist for the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Award.


Lunch Keynote: Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

Dr. Michael Crow

Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, one that is directly engaged in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of its region. Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research, and creative excellence focused on the major challenges and questions of our time, as well as those central to the building of a sustainable environment and economy for Arizona. He has committed the university to global engagement, and to setting a new standard for public service.

Since he took office, ASU has marked a number of important milestones, including the establishment of major interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Biodesign Institute; the Global Institute for Sustainability; and MacroTechnology Works, a program integrating science and technology for large-scale applications, including the Flexible Display Center, a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army. Under his direction ASU has initiated a dramatic research infrastructure expansion to create more than one million square feet of new research space, and has announced naming gifts endowing the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Prior to joining ASU, he was executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia's research enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing Columbia Innovation Enterprises (now Science and Technology Ventures), the Strategic Initiative Program, and the Columbia Digital Media Initiative, as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development.

He played the lead role in the creation of the Columbia Earth Institute (CEI), and helped found the Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) in Washington, D.C., a think tank dedicated to linking science and technology to desired social, economic, and environmental outcomes. In 2003 CSPO was reestablished at ASU as the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes.

A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the author of books and articles relating to the analysis of research organizations, technology transfer, science and technology policy, and the practice and theory of public policy.

Closing remarks: State Representative Jules Kopel Bailey

Rep. Jules Kopel Bailey

Jules Kopel Bailey is two-term State Representative from Oregon House District 42, representing inner Eastside Portland. In his first term, Jules was co-chief sponsor of HB 2626, the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology (EEAST) Act, which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and was signed into law by the Governor. Jules also co-sponsored legislation to train workers in clean energy jobs, encourage renewable industries in Oregon, and build a sustainable economy in Oregon. Jules was named Oregon League of Conservation Voters Innovator of the Year and People’s Choice Award winner for 2009, as well as one of 35 Innovators under 35 by 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Jules grew up in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Southeast Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School and Lewis and Clark College, where he majored in Environmental Studies and International Affairs. Jules did his graduate studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on a Truman Fellowship. He received his Master of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning with a certification in Environmental Policy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.

When not in the legislature, Jules runs Pareto Global, LLC, an economic consulting practice. Prior to founding Pareto Global, Jules was an economist and sustainable development specialist at ECONorthwest. He works at the intersection of economics, public policy, the environment, and urban development and brings a specialization in clean energy financing. Jules was elected a member of the Pivotal Leaders business network. Jules co-chairs the board of Clean Energy Works Oregon, and serves on Hanford Clean-up Board as well as the boards of the Portland Sustainability Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Initiative, the DC Project, the Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now, and the National Advisory Board for the Journal of Environmental Law. He has written numerous articles, including a guide to clean energy financing, and has completed projects and conducted research across the United States and in eight countries.

Registration and Logistics

You may now register at the event for the late registration fee amounts below.  Please join us at the CH2MHill Alumni Center at 8:00, Monday February 28, 2011 to register.

Registration Fees

Affiliation Early Registration Fees
Before February 20
Late Registration Fees
February 20 or later
OUS Students $10 $15
OUS Faculty/Staff $30 $50
NON-OUS Students $30 $50
General Public $75 $100

Registration includes an attendee directory, the conference program, morning coffee and tea, lunch and hors d'oeuvres at the optional evening networking event.


A group of rooms is reserved at the Corvallis Super 8 Motel with a special rate of $59 for a single room, $69 for a double.  Simply call the Super 8 at 541-758-8088 and indicate you would like to book one of the 10 rooms held for the OUS Sustainability Conference.  Any questions or problems booking, please call 541-737-3307. 


Please use alternative transportation to get to the conference. Contact us if you have questions about transportation options in and around Corvallis.

Carpools will be provided free parking.  If you plan to carpool, please select the appropriate box when you register.  When you arrive at the conference, please immediately check in at the registration table to get your permit and place it in the dash of your car.  Your must register as a carpooler to be eligible to receive a free permit. 

For single occupancy vehicles, day permits are $7 for the day and are required Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 5:00pm. Parking for the CH2MHill Alumni Center is located in the parking garage at 26th and Washington Way and the parking lot at Reser Stadium on 26th and Western Blvd. Parking permits must be displayed on the dash of your vehicle at all times. If the permit is not displayed, you may receive a parking violation.  You may purchase a permit online prior to the conference.

Driving Directions

The CH2MHill Alumni Center is located near the heart of the Oregon State University Corvallis Campus, near other event venues including Gill Coliseum and Reser Stadium.  Please see maps and driving directions here.

Call for Student Posters

OUS institutions are issuing a call for posters of student research, projects or programs students would like to showcase at the conference. 

OSU proposers: see the OSU call for posters and submit questions or abstracts to Dani Mazzotta, Student Sustainability Initiative Partnerships Coordinator, by February 2, 2011 (deadline has been extended).

Proposers for PSU, UO, SOU and OIT, please check with your campus contact below.  Proposers from WOU and EOU, please use the OSU criteria in the call for posters above, and contact us if you have questions. 


Check this page for more information and updates as the date approaches.  You may also contact members of the conference organizing committee:

SOU - Larry Blake

UO - Steve Mital

OIT - Linda Riley

PSU - Noelle Studer-Spevak

OSU - Brandon Trelstad