Syracuse University’s Sustainable Enterprise Partnership Awards $19,000 Research Grant to Explore Innovations in Green Building Construction Methods


Syracuse University’s Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Green Building Council awarded $19,000 to fund new research in the area of green building construction methods, specifically cross laminated timber (CLT) wood products in multi-family housing.

Rene Germain, professor of forest and natural resources management at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), and Patrick Penfield, professor of supply chain practice at the Whitman School of Management, will conduct the research, which will focus on the use of sustainable structural wood in multifamily housing and commercial structures. Specifically, the researchers will examine the regulatory, political and economic barriers that contribute to the lack of adoption of CLT in construction projects. CLT is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, quality product.

“Using CLT in commercial buildings, rather than concrete, masonry or steel provides significant supply chain, environmental and cost benefits for companies and organizations in the U.S.,” said Penfield. “Our research will be useful to the U.S. Green Building Council to share with its members who may not be aware of all the benefits of CLT.”

To promote research in sustainable enterprise, the SEP annually awards a grant of up to $20,000, which may be used for stipends, research assistants, materials, travel and other expenses. All faculty, Ph.D. students, and other researchers from Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) with interest in sustainable buildings and infrastructure are invited to apply. In keeping with the SEP's emphasis on transdisciplinary collaboration and integration, investigators from at least two disciplines are required for each proposal. Projects that are highly likely to have a meaningful impact - publication in a reputably scholarly or practitioner journal, attracting external support, and/or practical implementation - are given priority.

About the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership

The Sustainable Enterprise Partnership links the extraordinary resources of four Central New York institutions to offer world-class education and research on sustainable enterprise and provide transdisciplinary understanding of sustainability:

The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers experiential programs provide opportunities for research, professional experience, study abroad and entrepreneurship.

Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management, a pioneer in offering environmental law and policy courses, with top-ranked programs in the key areas of entrepreneurship and supply chain management.

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), the only college in the United States where all programs relate to natural resources and the environment.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE), a federation of more than 200 businesses and institutions that collaborate on sustainable innovations to improve built and urban environments. SyracuseCoE partners work on research, development and educational projects relating to clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources.