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.

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    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 long-term program is to determine whether industrial symbiosis raises barriers

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    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.  In the first study of i

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    The Puerto Rico: An Island of Sustainability (PRIOS) project was started in 2001 by Prof.

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    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 urban areas on Hawai'i Island.

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    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.
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    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 United States, three from Europe, one from Singapore, and on

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    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.

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    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 effort: an evalu

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    “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.

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    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 in Connecticut, New England and internationally.  This collection of EIP stu

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    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 Shane and Professor Graedel collaborated on a set of metrics for evaluating the en

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    “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 resource deficit.