INDUST ECOLOGY-EARTH RESOURCES
Industrial ecology investigates analytical methods and technological approaches for reconfiguring industrial activities to reduce pollution and conserve natural resources. This course examines the application of industrial ecology on the flow of resources to support modern economies as well as the flow of materials through the economy, also referred to as the "Industrial Metabolism." The course will explore studies on the availability, distribution, and quality of the primary Earth Resources (i.e., fuels, minerals, land, and water) and examine how these are utilized within existing industrial systems and what opportunities exist for improving material efficiency and general environmental performance. Specific attention will be paid to the theory and use of indicators of environmental impacts from industrial activity and their contribution to climate change, biodiversity loss, solid wastes, surface & ground water quality, eutrophication, soil degradation, acid rain, photochemical smog; chemical spills, etc. The analyses presented will range from the level of an individual firm or factory to the national and global level. The course will also focus on the characteristics and possible uses of various waste streams in the economy and opportunities to minimize waste. The areas of Design for Environment and Life Cycle Analysis are covered in a subsequent course offered in the Spring semester, Industrial Ecology of Manufacturing and Infrastructure.
Department: Earth and Environmental Engineering(EAEE)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Engineering(EAEE)
School: Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Division: School of Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate
Course ID: 4001