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

Cross Laminated Timber Manufacturing to be Considered in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon BEST announced a $150,000 funding opportunity that will pair DR Johnson Lumber Company, of sourthern Oregon, and Oregon State University researchers to investigate introducing the manufacturing of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in the Pacific Northwest. 


Timber! The College of Forestry sharpens the way it tackles tough problems

Dean Thomas Maness discusses how the College of Forestry plans to build a $60 million research and teaching complex and help lead Oregon and the world into a new age of forest and wood science while reviving rural Oregon economies.

A Wooden Parking Garage?

While a wooden parking garage may seem like an outdated relic of the past, Mayor Christine Lundberg of Springfield, OR, thinks that building the parking garage using CLT (cross-laminated timber) could potentially benefit local timber economies in Oregon.





The Co.

Calling all Oregon makers and making enthusiasts, to think, design, create, at The Co. - a maker event. From engineers to authors, scientists to sculptors, crafters to composers. Share what you make. Connect with others who make. Discover, play, learn at this interactive…


National Get Outdoors Day

The third annual National Get Outdoors Day event will be held on Saturday May 30th, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Peavy Arboretum.  This free event is hosted by OSU College of Forestry and OSU Benton County Extension, and will feature a variety of hands-on…


Thesis Defense: Raul Dancé, "Interconnectedness of Forest Ecosystem Services, Environmental Corporate Impacts, and Corporate Social Responsibility Activities in the Amazon Rainforest"

The main goal of this research was to analyze the CSR Sustainability Reports of the top 21 corporations in Latin America linked with the four commodities associated with Amazon deforestation (i.e. soy, beef, paper/pulp and palm oil) to assess if their CSR activities…