How can civic leaders and average citizens shape policy decisions that affect air and water quality? University experts collaborate across the environmental sciences, engineering, and life sciences disciplines to help businesses, federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and communities create positive changes in local resource usage that affect water, air, and soil. They explore technical and scientific issues that underlie environmental policy and improve public resource protection measures. Their research discoveries help steer the Pacific Northwest toward sustainable solutions regarding energy use, building codes, stormwater management, manufacturing emissions, carbon research, and more.
Government policymakers seek guidance from WSU scholars in formulating environmental legislation and effective implementation of environmental regulations. WSU research informs these efforts to halt the effects of climate change and find solutions to mitigate threats to air, soil and water quality.
Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO)
CEREO is a robust network of more than 200 researchers, instructors, outreach specialists, industry leaders and graduate students. Its mission is to catalyze and facilitate system-wide, interdisciplinary activities to transform environmental research, education and outreach at WSU, in the Pacific Northwest, nationally and globally. CEREO places particular emphasis upon the integrative study of natural and managed ecosystems, and the social and human dimensions of environmental change.
Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)
The LAR conducts research around the world related to biosphere/atmosphere interactions and regional air quality measurements and modeling. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Lamb, researchers seek to understand the effects of agricultural practices on air quality, as well as to determine the ultimate fate of pollutants exported from urban areas. The LAR provides daily forecasts of ozone and particulate matter concentrations for the Pacific Northwest. Its researchers simulate future air-quality conditions as related to the effects of global change.
State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC)
With approximately 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7,800 lakes, and 3,200 miles of coastline, water is an essential resource for the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the state of Washington. The State of Washington Water Research Center (SWWRC) was established in 1964 by federal legislation along with 54 other water centers and institutes throughout the United States and territories. Located in Pullman, Washington, the SWWRC is a joint agency of Washington State University and the University of Washington, with input from other state research universities through a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC).The SWWRC has about 50 years of involvement in water resources problems and issues and is established itself as a primary link between water-related personnel in the academic community; local, state, and federal government; and the private sector. The SWWRC has a threefold mission: i) to oversee and conduct applied water-related research, ii) to foster the education and training of our Nation’s future water professionals, and iii) to transfer research results to those who manage or use the Nation’s water resources.