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The Society of Renewable Resources at Virginia Tech

April 19, 2017 –  

By Earl Kline

The Society of Renewable Resources (SRR) at Virginia Tech is a club for students interested in sustainability through the use of natural and renewable resources. The club’s mission is to provide service to the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and the Virginia Tech community and to foster professional development to better enable tomorrow’s work force. Through service and professional development activities, students are able to make better professional and career connections related to the application of sustainable biomaterials, renewable resources and technologies studied in their courses. The club is growing and currently has over 20 active members engaged in their mission. SRR is open to any undergraduate or graduate student attending Virginia Tech. Being active members of the club give many opportunities to lead service activities and help expand professional networks that build students’ resumes.

One major activity over the past year involves learning to master the use of in-house computer manufacturing technologies toward service and fund raising projects. One current project involves using a computer numerical control (CNC) router to rebuild a new entrance sign for the Brooks Forest Products Center. Students also play a critical role in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials’ undergraduate recruiting program. SRR students plan and staff many events to showcase majors and career paths in Sustainable Biomaterials. Students in the club host recruitment activities including Gobblerfest, the Virginia Tech Major’s Fair, and the Virginia Tech Science Fair and provide their time to engage with students who want to learn more about majoring in Sustainable Biomaterials. Other club activities include hosting guest speakers from industry, field trips, professional conferences and networking, and fun social gatherings.

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