Industrial Ecology and Green Chemistry

Our Vision

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.


Specialization Coordinators

Paul Anastas
Paul Anastas
Paul T. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment. He has appointments  in the School of the Environment, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Chemical Engineering. In addition, Prof. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Anastas took public service leave from Yale to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency Science Advisor from 2009-2012. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and worked as an industrial consultant. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. Dr. Anastas has published widely on topics of science through sustainability including eleven books, such as Benign by Design, Designing Safer Polymers, Green Engineering, and his seminal work with co-author John Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice.

Teaching Faculty

Faculty who are currently teaching courses within this specialization.

Paul Anastas

Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment

Shimon C. Anisfeld

Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry

Gaboury Benoit

Grinstein Class of 1954 Professor of Environmental Chemistry, Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology

Marian Chertow

Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program

Todd Cort

Lecturer in Sustainability

Daniel C. Esty

Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, jointly with Yale Law School; Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Kenneth Gillingham

Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics

Thomas E. Graedel

Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Industrial Ecology, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering

Timothy G. Gregoire

J. P. Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Professor of Forest Management

Edgar Hertwich

Executive Fellow

Robert Klee


Jennifer Marlon

Research Scientist

Simon Queenborough

Musser Director of Tropical Resources Institute, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist

Narasimha Rao

Associate Professor of Energy Systems

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Yuan Yao

Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

Peter Yost


Julie Zimmerman

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Green Engineering, Assistant Director for Research at Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering