ENV 609b () / 2020-2021

Industrial Symbiosis - Value Creation through Data & Resource Sharing

Credits: 3

Spring 2021: Time and location TBA
 

 
Reducing society’s impacts on the environment can generate a variety of co-benefits. One phenomenon that depends on this potential is industrial symbiosis—the manifestation of the idea that the waste of one enterprise can become the raw material for another—studied as a sub-discipline of industrial ecology.
 
Industrial symbiosis (IS) features a collective approach to value creation grounded on byproduct exchanges and can simultaneously improve an individual firm’s operational efficiency, regional economic growth, and reduction of climate impacts, among other issues. IS is of increasing interest to business, government, and multi-lateral agencies and is being adopted globally in various forms.
 
This seminar will take a deep dive on the development processes and evolution of industrial symbiosis projects with a particular focus on data. The first section of the course will help students understand the conceptual framework of theories and data types involved in analyzing symbiosis. In the latter section, students will learn how these concepts apply to specific programs by learning the ways in which symbiosis is implemented and operated from leading professionals and scholars on almost every continent. Evaluation will be based on participation and a term project in which students will evaluate how data is collected and managed by operating industrial symbiosis programs. The goal of this seminar is for students to improve the holistic understanding of development mechanisms and outcomes of industrial symbiosis (environmental, economic, and social) through systematic data collection and analysis.