The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience seeks businesses to host a 10 week high-level intern. This is a voluntary, non-regulatory, pilot program where grant funding will offset the cost of the intern.
If you have a project to reduce toxics use or waste from your facilities product or production, we would like to talk. Please contact Lisa Cox at 503-229-5181.
The best projects will:
- Be measureable
- Attempt to move beyond environmental compliancettempt to move beyond environmental compliance
- Look upstream to reduce toxic usage
- Produce results that we can share*
Projects ideas we are interested in exploring with you:
- Chemical inventory/footprint project
- Process Mapping with toxics focus
- Toxics reduction project identified in your company’s Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plan
- Enhancing your company’s TUR plan and conducting research project
- Energy/water audit to identify savings opportunities
- Implementing Best Management Practices within specific processes
- Advancing the practices of green chemistry and engineering
- Advancing an alternative’s assessment, life cycle assessment or process mapping projects
- A project to reduce toxics and waste that go beyond basic compliance and simple reductions
- Projects that look at reducing chemicals on Oregon’s toxics Focus List
Do you have an idea? Let’s explore your needs and find something that works for your business!
Our approach seeks to reduce environmental effects by managing materials through all stages of their life. We aim to address those impacts across the full cycle of materials and products as they move through the economy from raw material extraction to product design and manufacture, transport, consumption, use, reuse, recycling and disposal. We also have a focus on reducing or eliminating priority toxins within the supply chain for manufacturing processes.
*Except confidential business information; let’s talk about your company’s needs.
What is OASE?
The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience is a non-regulatory, summer program designed to link top-level engineering, chemistry, sustainability and environmental sciences students with business and industry. Collaborations focus on projects to reduce energy use, emissions and wastes, benefiting the company bottom line and Oregon’s natural resources.
We received a pollution prevention grant from EPA that will help offset the cost of the 10-week summer intern. The Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Dpt. of Environmental Quality will administer this voluntary program.
In 2018 we plan on placing 7-8 students with Oregon Businesses. Here is more information:
2018 Call for Host Businesses
Your business may be able to address waste reduction and energy efficiency projects sooner and faster with the help of an OASE intern. An intern can make suggestions that improve efficiency, save money, reduce waste, or decrease regulatory requirements. Also, an intern has the time and creativity to research alternative equipment, procedures, chemicals, and raw materials. All proprietary information at your facility is kept confidential during and after the intern project.
Additionally, you will benefit from:
- A new set of eyes looking at your waste or energy project
- Your intern being mentored and guided by an OASE engineer or scientist
- A full report and presentation detailing the intern’s work and next steps for your company
OASE 2018 Program Schedule:
- Mandatory Training/Orientation for Intern and Host Business representative: Thursday, June 21 – Salem, Oregon
- Intern Term: June 18 – August 31
- Week of July 9: intern submits report outline
- Week August 13: intern submits final draft report, case study and presentation due for mentor/supervisor review
- Week of August 27: intern submits final report, case study and presentation due. All final deliverables are due before leaving the host company on their final workday.
- Finalize and deliver presentation of project results at community event like Scholars Day or at a regional conference (dates to be determined)
- Submit program evaluation by Sept. 14, 2018 (Intern and Host Businesses)