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 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 771
Fundamentals of Green Engineering and Green Chemistry
          Anastas
ENV 884
Industrial Ecology
Yao
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Faculty
Tentative
 
 

Electives

Choose four elective courses.
Course Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023
ENV 603
Environmental Data Visualization & Communication
Queenborough
M 9:00-11:50
    Queenborough
ENV 706
Organic Pollutants in the Environment
          Anisfeld
ENV 707
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Benoit
Tu,Th 1:00-2:15
  Benoit
Tentative
 
ENV 708
Aquatic Chemistry
  Benoit
  Benoit
ENV 753
Regression Modeling of Ecological and Environmental Data
Gregoire
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Gregoire  
ENV 758
Multivariate Data Analysis in the Environmental Sciences
  Reuning-Scherer
  Reuning-Scherer
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
  Gillingham
  Gillingham
ENV 807
Corporate Sustainability Strategy and Management
Chertow
M,W 9:00-10:20
  Esty  
ENV 811
Metrics, Tools and Indicators in Corporate Responsibility
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 814
Energy Systems Analysis
Rao
M,W 9:00-10:20
  Rao  
ENV 824
Environmental Law and Policy
Klee
M,W 10:30-11:50
  Klee  
ENV 834
Environmental Economics and Policy
  Faculty
  Tentative
ENV 838
Life Cycle Assessment
  Faculty
  Tentative
ENV 893
Principles of Risk Assessment
  Vasiliou
  Tentative
ENV 894
Green Building: Issues and Perspectives
Yost
F 9:00-11:50
  Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 896
Public Health Toxicology
  Vasiliou
  Tentative
ENV 982
Green Engineering and Sustainability
          Zimmerman
MGT 872
Managing Sustainable Operations
       
MGT 873
Supply Chain Management