WSU News Sustainability

Citizen scientists collect data on urban wild bees

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SEATTLE – City dwellers concerned about recent declines in pollinators can contribute to bee research as citizen scientists. Elias Bloom, a Washington State University doctoral student, is seeking volunteers to collect data on wild, native bees in Seattle in order to promote pollinator health. » More …

‘Only rain down the drain:’ Preventing stormwater pollution

StormDrainMarkerPULLMAN, Wash. – Whether or not we work or live near a waterway, our everyday actions affect water quality. Resources for preventing stormwater and water pollution are available from Washington State University Environmental Health and Safety. » More …

Model predicts how forests will respond to climate change

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

projected-forest-types-in-U.S.VANCOUVER, Wash. – Drought could render the U.S. Northeast’s mixed forests unsustainable after 2050 while Washington’s Cascade Mountains may require tropical and subtropical forest species, according to researchers using a new type of mathematical model at Washington State University. » More …

Reducing waste while improving snack nutrition

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

snack-puffsPULLMAN, Wash. – Your favorite puffed snack food may soon contain more fiber and nutrition, thanks to research from Washington State University food scientists. » More …

NARA member receives approval for bio-jet fuel

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) congratulates our fuels partner, Gevo, Inc. for ASTM International’s inclusion of Gevo’s alcohol to jet (ATJ) synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) into ASTM D7566 (Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons). This inclusion makes Gevo’s ATJ-SPK eligible to be used as a blending component, up to 30%, in standard Jet A-1 fuel used by commercial airlines in the United States and in many other countries around the globe. » More …

Whey facility will clean waste, provide career training

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – When the Washington State University creamery makes cheese, only 10 percent of the milk purchased from WSU’s Knott Dairy winds up in the final product. That will change soon when ground is broken on a new expansion. » More …

Simpson Strong-Tie gift supports WSU engineering research

SST Logo rgb - white box BG INDICATORPULLMAN, Wash. – An annual $100,000 donation for the next eight years from Simpson Strong-Tie will support Washington State University construction and engineering research in the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building on the WSU Pullman campus. » More …

April 11-13: National forum on poplar, willow biofuels

Poplar-WillowPORTLAND, Ore. – Moving poplar and willow biomass from environmental plantings toward commercial bioenergy and biochemical use is the focus of a national conference April 11-13 in Portland. » More …

May 22-25 conference: Plant and Microbe Adaptation to Cold

coldSEATTLE – Improving global food security and agricultural sustainability, with emphasis on the impact of climate change, is the theme of the 2016 Plant and Microbe Adaptation to Cold conference to be held May 22-25 in downtown Seattle. » More …

Efficient walls made from trash showcased at expo

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – Energy-saving walls made from trash will be viewed by as many as 30,000 people next month in Washington, D.C., where Washington State University students will present their TrashWall project at the National Sustainable Design Expo. » More …