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Industrial Ecology
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Industrial ecology has its roots in the idea that biological systems can provide models for the design and functioning of industrial systems, most conspicuously by making use of the wastes from one process as useful inputs to another. Sometimes considered an analogy, other times a metaphor, this notion provides the motivation for analyzing the flows through a system of materials and energy and their implications for the environment. The flows are studied at the level of individual materials, energy carriers, and products as well as in more aggregated categories, namely, the various inputs and outputs moving through a company, a complex of companies, a regional or national economy, or the entire global system. The common interest is in developing approaches to help decision-makers in industry and government, as well as ordinary citizens, reduce the environmental impacts of their actions. The field includes as specialized areas: design for the environment, material flow and substance flow analysis, life-cycle assessment, integrated product policy, eco-efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, technological change and the environment, industrial symbiosis, and input-output models of economies from the local to global levels.

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Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Industrial Ecology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Industrial Ecology
The Role of Industrial Ecology in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
May 20-25 Les Diablerets Conference Center Stefanie Hellweg
2016 Industrial Ecology
Opportunities for the Critical Decade – Decoupling Well-Being from Environmental Pressures and Impacts
Jun 19-24 Stoweflake Conference Center Heinz Schandl
2014 Industrial Ecology
Transforming the Industrial Metabolism
Jun 1-6 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Helga Weisz
2012 Industrial Ecology
The Role of Industrial Ecology in Addressing Sustainability Imperatives
Jun 17-22 Les Diablerets Conference Center Sangwon Suh
2010 Industrial Ecology
From Analysis to Design
Jul 11-16 Colby-Sawyer College Reid Lifset
2008 Industrial Ecology
Transforming the Use of Energy, Materials, Water and Wastes
Aug 17-22 Colby-Sawyer College Faye Duchin
2006 Industrial Ecology Aug 6-11 The Queen's College Valerie Thomas
2004 Industrial Ecology
Major Technological Transitions
Aug 1-6 The Queen's College Marina Fischer-Kowalski
2002 Industrial Ecology Jun 9-14 Colby-Sawyer College David T. Allen
2000 Industrial Ecology Jun 11-16 Colby-Sawyer College Braden R. Allenby
1998 Industrial Ecology Jun 7-12 Colby-Sawyer College Thomas Graedel
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