Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry

specializations SYSTEMS

Purpose and Scope

Industrial production has grown tremendously in the past century and supplies consumers with a plethora of products and services, many previously unknown. It also presents one of the largest sustainability challenges in terms of the use of finite and renewable resources, the emissions of greenhouse gases and hazardous agents, including toxic chemicals and particulates. Industry has made substantial progress in addressing pollution problems through end-of-pipe measures and increases in efficiency, but progress has been uneven and existing strategies offer only limited further gains. Hence, more systemic approaches are needed.

Green design is the design of products, production processes, and systems that do not utilize hazardous chemicals and systematically reduces impacts across different sustainability domains. Industrial ecology is an integrated approach to analyze the sustainability of different systems, from a product to a city. Crucial to this pursuit is a rigorous understanding of how resources are used in society and the impact of our technological society on the biophysical environment. Industrial ecology and green design are relevant both for corporate decision-making and to support policy-making at different levels, from municipalities to national governments.

Students gain an understanding of systems analysis applied to environmental problems in production-consumption systems, acquire methods to quantify the use of energy, materials, water, and land for industrial production, and the comparative evaluation of different pollution types. They learn about how organizations use these approaches in environmental management. The specialization will prepare students for employment in corporate sustainability and environment, health and safety positions, in environmental consultancies and think-tanks, nongovernmental organizations, and governmental and multi-lateral agencies.

Specialization Coordinators: Edgar Hertwich, Paul Anastas


Two required courses.
F&ES (New) Fundamentals of Green Chemistry and Engineering
F&ES 884Industrial Ecology


Four courses total. Two must be from "Primary Electives" group.

Primary Electives

Choose at least two.
F&ES 638Carbon Footprints, Modeling and Analysis
F&ES 814Energy Systems Analysis
F&ES 838Life Cycle Analysis
F&ES 885Green Engineering and Sustainability

Additional Electives

To complete a total of four electives (including core electives).
F&ES 706Organic Pollutants in the Environment
F&ES 753Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
F&ES 758Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
F&ES 800Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
F&ES 807Corporate Environmental Management and Strategy
F&ES 811Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility
F&ES 824Environmental Law and Policy
F&ES 893Principles of Risk Assessment
F&ES 894Green Building: Issues and Perspectives
MGT 872 Managing Sustainable Operations
MGT 873 Supply Chain Management
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