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The Sustainable Biomaterials major focuses on creating better performing materials with less environmental impact. Our packaging major is the only program in the U.S. that focuses on developing sustainable packaging solutions that can address some of the global environmental problems.

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What is the field of Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO) all about?

The field of sustainable biomaterials is about the use of natural, renewable resources to produce innovative materials and bioenergy in a sustainable manner. It is a blend of science, engineering, and business enterprises.


Sustainable Biomaterials Degree

A field with great career opportunities where you can make a difference. There is a growing need to make products more “green” and renewable resources such as wood and other biomaterials provide a natural way to design and build innovative and sustainable products for our future.  


Within this Degree you can choose the following tracks:

Wood Enterprise Institute business training program, at Brooks Forest Products Institute.

Young Teck Kim, Asst Professor of Practice, and students, Sustainable Biomaterials, Brooks Forest Products Center. Packaging.

Daniel P Hindman, Assoc Professor CY, Sustainable Biomaterials, Brooks Forest Products Center. Safety harness for roofers.

Packaging Systems and Design Degree

If you are looking for a creative, interesting, and always changing field, then you are needed in Packaging Systems and Design. Packaging design includes many different aspects of the use of sustainable materials and biomaterials in packaging for transportation, storage, and delivery of products.

Find more about SBIO

Graph showing the Box-Behnken cellulose nanocrystal yield response surface for acid concentration and hydrolysis temperature

Laszlo Horvath, Asst Professor of Practice, and students, Sustainable Biomaterials, Brooks Forest Products Center. Pallets and packaging.

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