Campus as a Test Bed

Ohio State supports "campus as a test bed" activities, in which the university is a resource for testing and improving new industrial technologies; helping faculty teams to obtain research funding; improving campus operations; and engaging students in cutting-edge sustainability science. Find out more about existing and potential projects at Campus as a Living Laboratory.

TIRE – Building a sustainable future for the rubber industry

02/01/16 – The world is facing a daunting natural rubber shortage due to decreasing natural rubber production and increasing demand from economic expansion in India, China and Brazil. Ohio State’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) is addressing the rubber shortage through its development of the research team, TIRE. Read more.

‘Stadium Scarlet’ Compost Has Ohio State Roots and Will Grow Them

12/07/15 – Fans of Ohio State’s football team can show their pride with compost. A farm in Delaware, Ohio, located about 25 miles north of the university’s Columbus campus, makes and sells compost called Stadium Scarlet. The stuff has roots in Ohio Stadium, home of the Buckeyes. It’s made from some of the compostable materials — food scraps and so on — produced and discarded in the Horseshoe at home games. Read more.

A Smart Ride: Ohio State Researchers Develop Automated, On-Demand Transportation

08/10/15 – Researchers at the Center for Automotive Research are developing smartphone-compatible transit systems that would allow users to hitch a ride on campus via automated, driverless vehicles. Read more.

Ohio Water Resources Center helping Ohio battle persistent water quality issues

07/07/15 – The Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes nationwide federally authorized by the Water Resources Research act to promote and fund research and outreach activities concentrated on common water issues of local and regional interest. Read more.

Stone Lab Solar Panels Measure Energy in Real-Time

01/07/15 – Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory teaches freshwater biology and environmental science to hundreds of students each year. Now, thanks to a recent upgrade of facilities there, university researchers, students and the public can learn more about solar energy too. Read more.