Mississippi State University, School of Architecture

The School of Architecture is dedicated to cultivating in our students independent thinking within an ethical framework that informs and challenges the contemporary practice of architecture through teaching, research, and service. We provide a professional education that intertwines the spatial, visual, technical, and conceptual content of architecture, and graduates students to think synthetically, act fearlessly, understand practice as research, and make a regenerative contribution to the world.

The architectural inquiry of both faculty and students is grounded in the cultural, phenomenal, and material world. Our work engages the cultural richness of people and communities, the sensuous qualities of architecture, and the physical and ecological realities of making. Balanced between space making and form making, we anchor our work in our place and time, seeing the extraordinary and provocative qualities of our region as significant resources for architectural creation. In support of this, the School is dedicated to: intellectual discipline, deliberative making, integrated thinking, and ethical action.

 

Mississippi Forestry Association

MFA’s Vision is to serve as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi. Our Mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish our Mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources.

Mississippi Forestry Association, organized in 1938, is a not-for-profit organization representing a broad range of members in Mississippi’s forestry community such as timberland owners, professional foresters, logging contractors, forest products manufacturers, wood fiber suppliers, state and federal agencies, and suppliers of products and services.

 

Sustainable Forestry Initiative – SFI Inc.

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.

Across Canada and the United States,  280 million acres (110 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.

The SFI program’s unique fiber sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all suppliers’ lands. SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and post-consumer recycled content. SFI on-product labels identify both certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally.

Supporting research is a central tenet of the SFI program. We see it as a way to further the conservation value of forests and lands certified to the SFI Standards subject to SFI’s fiber-sourcing requirements. Our commitment to research is also evidence that SFI is more than just a standard.

In fact, SFI is the only forest certification standard in the world that requires participants to support forestry research. These activities include improving forest health, productivity and sustainability. Better management of forest resources and enhancing the environmental benefits and performance of forest products are also central to the SFI research mission.

The SFI community’s forests are a living laboratory that shows how responsible management can maximize the environmental, economic and social values that matter to all of us.

 

Weyerhaeuser

Weyerhaeuser Company began more than 100 years ago with 900,000 acres of timberland, three employees and a small office in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 1900 by Frederick Weyerhaeuser, we’ve grown to become one of the largest sustainable forest products companies in the world.Weyerhaeuser’s is dedicated to working together to the  the world’s premier timber, land, and forest products company.

We believe trees are a remarkable resource that can and should be managed responsibly to make a range of products that meet human needs. With a world population growing at 70 million people a year, trees offer a sustainable solution for shelter, hygiene, packaging, fabric, plastics and other products you may not expect, while also providing recreation, wildlife habitat, and other important ecosystem benefits.

Weyerhaeuser has been developing new building products and solutions for more than 100 years. We’re your source for value-added solutions that improve performance, safety and profitability. From builders and dealers to specifiers and homeowners, we offer exceptional product performance and unparalleled support.

At Weyerhaeuser, sustainability is a core value. To us, being sustainable means making smart choices that meet the needs of our shareholders, customers, employees and communities today, without sacrificing our ability to meet those needs in the future.

 

Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts began in 1964 as the Forest Products Utilization Laboratory as authorized by the Mississippi Legislature. The laboratory was established to provide research and technical assistance for the secondary wood manufacturing industry in the state. In 1967, the Department of Wood Science and Technology was established and approved to offer master’s degrees. The approval to offer bachelor’s degrees in wood science and technology was approved in 1975. The Furniture Research Unit was created in 1987 to support the burgeoning furniture industry in Mississippi, the number one producer of motion furniture. In 1989, the Department of Wood Science and Technology was changed to the Department of Forest Products. Most recently, in 2013, the department name changed to the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts to reflect the renewable, natural and sustainable resources used in the industry. Throughout the history of sustainable bioproducts, the department’s mission has remained to discover new knowledge on the properties and uses of wood and the conversion methods used to convert timber to wood-based materials that are useful to society.