Ongoing Research Initiatives 

All three signature areas the OSU Research Agenda are aligned with a sustainable future: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems, Improving Human Health and Wellness, and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress. While environmental concerns  are most often associated with sustainability, OSU recognizes the importance of the economic and social components as well. OSU faculty, students, and researchers across departments are active in projects designed to create sustainable solutions and learn more about our impact on the planet. These initiatives are fulfilled through faculty research, coursework, and independent work.



The College of Engineering produces a number of research projects with a sustainability focus; Engineering at OSU is making breakthroughs in areas such as clean energy, clean water, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainable manufacturing. From senior projects in CBEE to multi-college initiatives in the ATAMI lab, nearly every COE department has a hand in sustainable solutions. Learn more about them here.


Science and Forestry colleges at OSU often explore areas of research involving human impact on the planet, management of natural resources, and the use of these natural resources in enhancing current technologies and energy systems. One area of research excellence within the OSU College of Science is the Environmental Health Sciences Center, which continuously investigates what constitutes a healthy and resilient human-environment relationship.  Learn more about them here.


Terra, the OSU research magazine, demonstrates the meaning and impact of research and scholarship at Oregon's land grant university. It tells the stories of students and faculty who work with communities to protect public health, develop in harmony with the environment and build economic capacity. Read about the latest findings in energy, Earth systems, natural resources, health, the economy, the arts and the social sciences at OSU here.