Jason Hill and Timothy Smith, faculty members within our department, recently published a study which establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion.
African-Americans and Hispanics breathe in far more deadly air pollution than they are responsible for making, a new study said. This study was co-authored by Jason Hill who is a Department of BBE Associate Professor and who helps oversee the Sustainable System Management Major within the department.
Algae has the potential to become a sustainable raw material, but will be impractical until researchers can find a way to cut costs, according to a recent University of Minnesota analysis.
Want to learn about Circular Economy in action? The growing urban and reclaimed wood industries are creating high value products using raw materials typically discarded or underutilized. BBE graduate student, Anna Pitti, and associate professor, Omar Espinoza, are investigating ways to expand markets for urban and reclaimed wood products through marketing. Check out this latest update on their work through the Forest Products Management Development Institute.
Widespread use of driverless vehicles has been talked about as a future reality, and the Department of BBE is helping to ensure that autonomous vehicles not only have a place on our roads, but also in our fields.