A more sustainable society requires that we use more renewable materials to make the products we need rather than continue to depend on oil and other non-renewable materials. The demand for a greener future is at the heart of the WS&E department and especially of our degree programs. Please use this site as your entry into the research, teaching and outreach programs at OSU that support that vision.
We offer an undergraduate degree program in RENEWABLE MATERIALSto educate and train the next generation of leaders and innovators for exciting and diverse careers that will make a difference toward a sustainable future. Our degree program is accredited by SWST.
Take for instance, the research of Lech Muszynski, at Oregon State University. He's come up with a way to use the same kind of woody debris that renewable energy producers are eyeing for biomass power, and instead meld that material with plastic.
There is no practical, economic way to build structures that could stand up to the savagery of EF5 tornadoes like those that ripped through the South in late April, experts say, but damage from lesser storms could be reduced by better building practices and better enforcement of existing codes.