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Topic Title: Center for Industrial Ecology
Topic Summary: Provides an organizational focus for research in industrial ecology.
Created On: 7/3/2008 12:50 PM

 7/3/2008 12:50 PM

Diana Grady

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Joined: 11/14/2007

The Center for Industrial Ecology (CIE) was established in September, 1998 to provide an organizational focus for research in industrial ecology. The Center brings together Yale staff, students, visiting scholars, and practitioners to develop new knowledge at the forefront of the field. Research is carried out in collaboration with other segments of the Yale community, with other academic institutions, and with international partners in Austria, China, Switzerland, and elsewhere. Faculty research interests include the theoretical basis of industrial ecology, the cycles of materials, technological change and the environment, eco-industrial urban development, industrial symbiosis, and product and producer policy issues.
Industrial Ecology is an emerging field that focuses on the twin goals of economic development and environmental quality. The concept requires that an industrial system be viewed not in isolation from its surrounding systems, but in concert with them. It is a systems view in which one seeks to optimize the total materials cycle from virgin material, to finished material, to component, to product, to obsolete product, and to ultimate disposal. Factors to be optimized include resources, energy, and capital.

Source: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Center for Industrial Ecology, 205 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511, U.S.A.

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