IEM Course List

Following is a list of courses in the Industrial Environmental Management focal area for the 2017-2018 academic year. For more information, visit the F&ES course page.

Marian Chertow and Edgar Hertwich
F&ES 884a/ENAS 645b

Industrial ecology studies (1) the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, (2) the effects of these flows on the environment and (3) the influences of economic, political, regulatory, and social factors on the flow, use, and transformation of resources. The goals of the course are to define and describe industrial ecology; to demonstrate the relationships among production, consumption, sustainability, and industrial ecology in diverse settings, from firms to cities to international trade flows; to show how industrial ecology serves as a framework for the consideration of environmental and sustainability-related aspects of science, technology, and policy; and to define and describe tools, applications, and implications of industrial ecology.

Edgar Hertwich
F&ES 814b/MGT 563

This lecture course offers a systems analysis approach to describe and explain the basics of energy systems, including all forms of energy (fossil and renewable), all sectors/activities of energy production/conversion, and all energy end uses, irrespective of the form of market transaction (commercial or noncommercial) or form of technology (traditional as well as novel advanced concepts) deployed. Students gain a comprehensive theoretical and empirical knowledge base from which to analyze energy-environmental issues as well as to participate effectively in policy debates. Special attention is given to introducing students to formal methods used to analyze energy systems or individual energy projects and also to discuss traditionally less-researched elements of energy systems (energy used in developing countries; energy densities and urban energy use; income, gender, and lifestyle differences in energy end-use patterns) in addition to currently dominant energy issues such as climate change. Active student participation is required, including completion of problem sets. Participation in extra-credit skill development exercises (presentations, fact-finding missions, etc.) is encouraged. Invited outside speakers complement topics covered in class.

Marian Chertow
F&ES 883b

This seminar examines in a small-course, interactive setting current integrative themes related to industrial ecology such as nexus issues related to energy/food/water/materials. A specific theme is chosen each year. Prerequisites: two completed industrial environmental management courses, related energy courses, or related business courses, and/or permission of the instructor. This class will not be offered in 2017.

Julie Zimmerman
F&ES 885b/ENVE 360b/ENAS 660b/360b

This hands-on course highlights the key approaches to advancing sustainability through engineering design. The class begins with discussions on sustainability, metrics, general design processes, and challenges to sustainability. The current approach to design, manufacturing, and disposal is discussed in the context of examples and case studies from various sectors. This provides a basis for what and how to consider when designing products, processes, and systems to contribute to furthering sustainability. The fundamental engineering design topics to be addressed include toxicity and benign alternatives, pollution prevention and source reduction, separations and disassembly, material and energy efficiencies and flows, systems analysis, biomimicry, and life cycle design, management, and analysis. Students tackle current engineering and product design challenges in a series of class exercises and a final design project.

Thomas Swarr
F&ES 838b

Life cycle analysis is an analytical method that considers system-wide impacts along the entire life cycle of a product, from extraction or harvest of natural resources, through production and consumption to final end- of- life disposal or recovery and reuse/ recycle. LCA provides a quantitative evaluation of a comprehensive list of environmental issues, and is intended to avoid shifting the burden to different life stages or different environmental concerns. The course will use a case study format to introduce the LCA methodology and demonstrate its application to a variety of product sectors and environmental concerns. There will also be hands on exercises to learn the basic functionality of SimaPro, one of the available commercial LCA software packages, as well as exercises to build and validate unit process data sets using literature searches and/ or customization of available processes in commercial databases, such as ecoinvent. The case studies will also be used to demonstrate current and emerging developments in the LCA methodology. The overall goal of the course is to provide the skills necessary to design and manage a formal LCA project in the business, consulting, or government sectors. It is recommended that students complete F&ES 884a - Industrial Ecology to provide a foundation for the LCA course. In addition, if constructing mass and energy balances, conducting dimensional analyses, etc. are not familiar topics, it is also recommended that students complete F&ES - 762a - Applied Math for Environmental Studies or F&ES 814a – Energy Systems Analysis

Marian Chertow and Daniel C. Esty
F&ES 807a/MGT 688a/Law 20490

This survey course focuses on understanding how adroit environmental management and strategy can enhance business opportunities; reduce risk, including resource dependency; promote cooperation; and decrease environmental impact. The course combines lectures, case studies, and class discussions and debates on management theory and tools, legal and regulatory frameworks shaping the business-environment interface, and the evolving requirements for business success (including how to deal with diverse stakeholders, manage in a world of transparency, and how to address rising expectations related to corporate responsibility).

Marian Chertow, Anjali Gupta
F&ES 749a

The goal of this seminar is to create a space where research scholars can learn and discuss what it means to do interdisciplinary research in the field of environmental studies/sciences, why it is important, and how it can be done. This course is intended to stimulate critical thinking about the role of interdisciplinarity in answering complex socio-ecological questions and to provide students with conceptual tools, grounded in concrete examples, to pursue interdisciplinary research within environmental studies/sciences.

Edgar Hertwich
F&ES 870 01 (23972)

This seminar examines the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, industry, buildings, transport and land use. It focuses on the contribution of industrial ecology to understanding the system that gives rise to the emissions, the interlinkages among sectors, and the driving forces behind recent increases in emissions. On this basis, the course addresses the analysis of options for emission reductions, using industry and electricity production as examples. It provides a background on selected research methods used to produce results used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its most recent assessment report on climate change mitigation and discusses the implications of methods and assumptions behind models for policy support statements.  A few exercises serve to provide an insight into the methods. Students learn to synthesize the scientific literature, develop effective presentations of the findings, and lead discussions. The active participation of students in exercises and classes is required. Grading is based on class participation and a written exam. Limited to 20