MEM
Specialization

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.

Program / Courses

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 reduce impacts across different sustainability domains. Industrial ecology is an integrated approach to analyze the sustainability of different systems, from products to cities. Crucial to this pursuit is a rigorous understanding of how resources are used in society and the impacts 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 Coordinator: Paul Anastas

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 771
Fundamentals of Green Engineering and Green Chemistry
  Anastas
       
ENV 884
Industrial Ecology
Chertow
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Faculty  
 

Elective

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

Primary Electives

Choose at least two.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 814
Energy Systems Analysis
  Rao
Rao  
ENV 838
Life Cycle Analysis
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 982
Green Engineering and Sustainability
  Zimmerman
       
 

Additional Electives

To complete a total of four electives (including core electives).
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 706
Organic Pollutants in the Environment
  Anisfeld
       
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
Gillingham
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Gillingham  
ENV 807
Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Management
Esty
M,W 8:15-9:30
  Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 811
Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Klee
Tentative
 
ENV 893
Principles of Risk Assessment
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 894
Green Building: Issues and Perspectives
Yost
F 8:00-10:50
  Yost  
MGT 872
Managing Sustainable Operations
       
MGT 873
Supply Chain Management