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Why a BS in Renewable Materials?

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 MATERIALS to 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.

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WS&E News

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus. “Although emissions have been reduced dramatically over the years, formaldehyde is still being emitted and some markets are demanding formaldehyde-free solutions.”

Does gender diversity in forestry companies matter?

The forest industry is faced with the generational transition of a greying workforce that is reaching retirement age. The oncoming wave of retirements presents a significant opportunity to recruit a young, vibrant, and more diverse workforce that can help move the industry into a more competitive future.

The Race for the Wood Skyscraper Starts Here

"It's going to take some time to build up the infrastructure here to compete with materials already being used," said Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. Eventually, the Pacific Northwest could be home to a half-dozen manufacturers, Maness said.