Archived Projects

  • Since 1998, The Center for Industrial Ecology has collaborated with academic institutions, government agencies, businesses and international partners on research related to Industrial Ecology. Explore our archives to see what we have worked on over the years.

     

  • Thomas Graedel

    The life cycle assessment of current products is now commonly done, but there is little hard literature to indicate whether today’s products are environmentally superior to those of the past.... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow

    The Puerto Rico: An Island of Sustainability (PRIOS) project was started in 2001 by Prof. Chertow with a short-term goal of identifying sustainable development opportunities with the potential to improve Puerto Rico’s... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow, Karen Seto

    ULTRA-Ex Hawai’i Island is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project seeking to improve understanding of the patterns, processes, and implications of human-nature interactions in Hilo and Kailua-Kona, the two largest... Complete project overview »

  • Thomas Graedel

    A focus of research  had been the environmental implications of the service industries, which are of great import but little studied.  Three projects carried out with MES students contributed to this... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow
    The Hawai’i project was started in 2006 to apply the industrial ecology systems perspective to understanding resource flows there, thus expanding our experience with industrial ecology in island settings. Research is being... Complete project overview »
  • Thomas Graedel

    “Collaborative Industrial Ecology in Asia” was a three-year grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation in ­­­2001. The project is premised on a desire to institutionalize the understanding and use of industrial ecology in Asia... Complete project overview »

  • Thomas E. Graedel

    “Climate change and peak oil crises have been making headlines with increasing intensity and solutions are being sought to lessen our dependence on oil. As new technologies tackle one challenge we are creating another through... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow

    Eco-industrial Parks (EIPs) continued to be a focus of Marian Chertow’s research.  For the third year, she organized research groups within the Industrial Ecology class to investigate existing, proposed, or possible EIPs... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow


    With rapidly growing urban population, rising standards of living, and decreasing family size, household water and electricity consumption in China will continue to soar over the next few decades. For... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow

    The hypothesis that most guides this research is that location within an eco-industrial system will enhance economic development while minimizing environmental damage.  In order to support this hypothesis, the... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow

    In collaboration with National University of Singapore (NUS), this projects aims to apply methodology and idea in industrial ecology to enlighten sustainable urban planning in Jurong Lake District, Singapore. This new district... Complete project overview »

  • Thomas Graedel

    A continuing need in the transition to global sustainability is the lack of suitable metrics with which to measure progress.  Two efforts in the past year contributed to this topic.  In the first, MES student Megan... Complete project overview »

  • Marian Chertow

    The workshop for Island Industrial Ecology and Sustainability was held during the project year on Hawai’i Island and the primary attendee group successfully convened 17 researchers, including seven from Japan, five from the... Complete project overview »