MEM Specialization in Industrial Ecology
and Green Design

Purpose and Scope

This specialization examines the relationships among production, consumption, sustainability, design, and industrial ecology in diverse settings, from products to firms to cities to international trade flows. This understanding needs to be systematic—to avoid shifting problems from one domain to another. Rather than examine environmental questions in isolation, industrial ecology and green design rely on integrating across energy, water, and materials and considering impacts to air, water, and land. 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. 
 
Students in the specialization in industrial ecology and green design are preparing for both professional pursuits and further academic study.  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.

Curriculum

Foundations
Students taking the industrial ecology and green design specialization are strongly encouraged to complete the MEM Foundations courses.[1]  These courses expose students to methodological tools and theories that all MEM students should learn, regardless of their specialization, to excel as environmental professionals.  The Foundations courses are
 
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Requirements
3 core courses, 4 electives, plus a capstone course or project

Specialization Core 
Students must complete the following 3 courses from within the Specialization Core (9 credits): Elective Clusters 
In addition, at least one course from each of the following four Elective clusters is required:

Energy/Water Resources
Technology and Design
Management and Policy

Pollution, Risk, and Assessment
 
Capstone Project  
The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in F&ES 883: Advanced Industrial Ecology Seminar.  Another FES Capstone may be substituted if the project has a strong focus and a compelling case can be made to a faculty advisor. The Capstone Project itself should focus on applied problem solving and rely on the application of knowledge, methodological approaches, and interpretive techniques gained from courses taken during prior semesters of study. The project should originate with the student, with input and advice from the student’s major faculty advisor and/or specialization coordinator. With permission from faculty, students in other specializations can take F&ES 950 Life Cycle Assessment Practicum as a capstone as space permits.
 
All Capstone Projects have four basic deliverables that will be evaluated by the specialization coordinator:  (i) a brief project proposal submitted by the third week of the semester; (ii) a mid-semester progress report; (iii) a final written report; and (iv) an oral presentation of the final project.  An extended abstract describing the project is expected to be published on the School’s Student Research Database, and the oral presentation will be open to students and faculty of the F&ES community.
 
Faculty Coordinator:  Marian Chertow
 
Specialization Faculty: Thomas Graedel, Julie Zimmerman, Paul Anastas, Arnulf Grubler, Reid Lifset, Gaboury Benoit, Robert Bailis, Alex Felson, Ken Gillingham
 
 

 

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