The first Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, 1970, marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Measures like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act helped reduce pollution by 66 percent, adding 1.6 years to the life expectancy of the average American. Scientific consensus on climate change is a pressing reminder that the job is not over – rather, these results are a testament to what can be accomplished through perseverance and dedication.
With expertise spanning marine ecology, biofuel development, new modes of energy capture, evolutionary genetics and the microbiomes of coral reefs, scientists at Oregon State are committed to research that puts the environment first. From leading the discovery of the first active methane seep in Antarctica to coordinating a panel of global experts helping maritime nations commit to sustainable ocean management by 2025, the College of Science has not only produced world-class research but has been a driving force for policy change.
Learn more about the work we've been doing over the last year to better understand and improve planet Earth: