Circular Economy

Converting wastes into valuable resources throughout the supply chain in order to shift toward a restorative, cyclical business model.

Waste to Profit

Innovative approaches to material recovery and reuse can help us shift from a wasteful linear economy to a circular economy, thus reducing pressures on planetary ecosystems. For example, industrial wastes can be used as feedstocks for production of steel, cement, and gypsum, while agricultural wastes can be converted into biofuels. Ohio State is an active player in global initiatives to eliminate or reuse waste materials and energy, working with companies and non-profit organizations.

Ohio By-Product Synergy Network

By matching under-valued waste streams with potential users, a diverse group of companies is diverting about 30,000 tons per year of waste from landfill, avoiding about 250,000 tons per year of greenhouse gas emissions, and realizing about $3.5 million in annual cost savings.

REMADE Clean Energy Institute

Ohio State is part of a $70 million research consortium funded by the Department of Energy, with the objective of developing innovative approaches to reduce energy use and emissions in industrial supply chains, thus improving manufacturing competitiveness.

Outreach and Awareness Raising

Ohio State is helping to raise awareness of circular economy opportunities, including an April 2017 conference funded by the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, India and a July 2017 conference co-sponsored by the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development.


SRE is engaged in a number of external partnerships to promote circular economy practices, including the REMADE Clean Energy Institute funded by the Department of Energy, the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the U.S. State Department.