Faculty

Marian Chertow

Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Center for Industrial Ecology, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, and Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program

Marian Chertow is Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of the Environment since 1991 and Director of the Center for Industrial Ecology since 2019.  Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation. Primary research interests are 1) The study of industrial symbiosis including geographically-based exchanges of wastes, materials, energy, and water within networks of businesses. 2) The potential of industrial ecology to underpin ideas of the proposed Circular Economy law in China. 3) The application of innovation theory to the development of environmental and energy technology.

Thomas Graedel

Clifton R. Musser Professor Emeritus of Industrial Ecology, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering

Thomas Graedel is the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology. The co-author of the first textbook on the subject (Industrial Ecology, Prentice Hall, 1995), he has since written three more books and a number of scholarly articles on aspects of industrial ecology. His environmental assessment matrix, developed during a 27-year career with AT&T Bell Laboratories, is now a standard industrial tool for streamlined life-cycle assessments of the environmental attributes of products, processes, and facilities.

Reid Lifset

Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology/Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Industrial Ecology

Reid Lifset serves as Associate Director of the IEM program and is a research fellow in industrial ecology at the Yale School of the Environment.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed journal published on industry and the environment published by Wiley Blackwell for Yale University.  He also manages the Yale Program on Solid Waste Policy and edits the Yale Working Papers on Solid Waste Policy.

Barbara Reck

Senior Research Scientist

Barbara Reck is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale’s Center for Industrial Ecology who studies metals from a sustainable resource management perspective. Her work includes detailed life cycle characterizations of nickel and stainless steel across various spatial and temporal scales, studies of metal recycling efficiencies, and the current and future criticality of metals. Prior to her time at Yale, she worked for seven years at Lufthansa German Airlines as manager in environmental affairs.

Yuan Yao

Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems

Yuan Yao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems at the Yale School of the Environment. She uses interdisciplinary approaches in industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, and data analytics to support industrial and policy decisions towards sustainability. Current research projects focus on bioeconomy and sustainable production. She received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2019. 

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