ENVS 2201 – Introduction to Industrial Ecology
(3 credits) 3 hours lecture
The major ideas and tools of industrial ecology will be introduced. Industrial ecology "focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials, to the production of goods, to the use of those goods and to the management of the resulting wastes" (Journal of Industrial Ecology). Topics covered will include: environmental concerns, risk assessment, global budgets and cycles, industrial processes, life-cycle assessment, design for environment, pollution prevention and zero emission strategies.