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Industrial Ecology
Gordon Research Conference

Opportunities for the Critical Decade – Decoupling Well-Being from Environmental Pressures and Impacts

Dates

June 19-24, 2016

Location

Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT

Organizers

Chair:
Heinz Schandl

Vice Chair:
Stefanie Hellweg

Meeting Description

The second wave of industrialization and urbanization in many developing countries, and continuing economic growth and consumption in industrialized countries, have led to an acceleration of natural resource use, climate change and a suite of related environmental impacts. The supply chains for natural resources have become more complex and it is harder today to gain knowledge about the environmental footprint of certain products and processes. While the industrialization of developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty it has also contributed to increased global environmental change. To reverse this trend, and to allow the global economy to stay within the limits of the Earth's resources and ecosystems, the new sustainable development goals call for economic activity and consumption and production processes to be underpinned by large investment and appropriate policy settings to guide decoupling of economic activity from environmental pressure and impacts. This opens a huge window of opportunity for industrial ecology to deliver the knowledge base to transition the current economic pattern to sustainable consumption and production. Industrial ecology concepts and tools support creating sustainable value chains for products and services, to build human settlements and design industrial systems to be maintained with lower material and energy throughput and with fewer emissions. For new industrial ecology technologies and practices to become economically viable and socially acceptable it will require new policy settings and business decisions supported by institutions and governance arrangements that encourage and drive innovation and experiments that ultimately serve decoupling. This conference will investigate the newest insights from the science of industrial ecology to support technological solutions, policy innovation and new business models for sustainable development. This is a critical decade for reconciling human development and environmental protection and we explore the contribution industrial ecology can make.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Industrial Ecology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmThe Science of Industrial Ecology and Its Contribution to Decoupling Economic Activity from Environmental Impact
Discussion Leader: Thomas Graedel (Yale University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMark Swilling (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
"Anticipating the Governance Implications of Global and Urban Transitions: A Long-Wave Perspective"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmHelga Weisz (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany)
"Demography and the Evolution of Social Metabolism Since the 1970s"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCreating Environmentally Sustainable Value Chains for Products and Services
Discussion Leader: Ester Van Der Voet (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSangwon Suh (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Understanding the Micro-Structure of Technology Choice for Consequential Modeling"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amShelie Miller (University of Michigan, USA)
"The Effect of Adoption Patterns on the Environmental Impacts of New Technology"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmSabrina Spatari (Drexel University, USA)
"Considering Thermodynamic and Social Dimensions of Systems-Based Decision Making"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmImproving the Analytical Capacity to Analyze the Growing Complexity of Global Supply Chains of Energy and Materials
Discussion Leader: Edgar Hertwich (Yale University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAnke Schaffartzik (Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
"Home-Grown or Foreign-Sown? Accounting for the Origin of Material Flows"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmStefan Pauliuk (University of Freiburg, Germany)
"Between Accuracy and Relevance on the Large Scale: How to Make IE Models Fit for the Future"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTailoring the Science of Industrial Ecology to the Needs of the Urban Planning and Design Process
Discussion Leader: Christopher Kennedy (University of Victoria, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:40 amAnu Ramaswami (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Urban Infrastructure Systems for Environmentally Sustainable and Healthy Cities"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJessica Seddon (Okapi Research and Advisory, India)
"Recognizing the Roots: Building an Industrial Ecology Perspective into Urban Planning"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmClinton Andrews (Rutgers University, USA)
"Decoupling the Costs and Benefits of Urban Density"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNew Methods to Analyze the Natural Resource Demand of Cities
Discussion Leader: Angela Druckman (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHiroki Tanikawa (Nagoya University, Japan)
"The Weight of Cities. A Multi Perspective Stock and Flow Analysis to Plan for Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Cities"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAnthony Capon (United Nations University, Malaysia)
"Planetary Health: Protecting and Promoting Human Health in the Anthropocene"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmGuiding Sustainable Consumption and Production in Developed and Developing Countries
Discussion Leader: Lewis Akenji (Institute for Global Environmental Studies, Japan)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJames West (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia)
"Explaining National Socio-Metabolic Trajectories in a Globalized World Economy"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amArnulf Grubler (Yale University, USA)
"Recent Developments in Energy and Climate Policy Analysis and Modeling and Their Implications for Industrial Ecology"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmFaye Duchin (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
"Building Scenarios for the Future: A Model-Based Framework for Collaboration"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmImproving Industrial Systems - The Contribution of Industrial Ecology to Innovation in the Business Sector
Discussion Leader: Shun Fung Chiu (De La Salle University, Philippines)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmMarian Chertow (Yale University, USA)
"Industrial Ecology, Industrial Symbiosis, and Business Model Innovation"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSarah Sim (Unilever, United Kingdom)
"Environmental Sustainability Science to Support Business Decision-Making"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHow to Conceptualize a Sociologically Informed Industrial Ecology
Discussion Leader: Vered Blass (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
9:00 am - 9:40 amAndrew Jorgenson (Boston College, USA)
"Environment, Development, and the Carbon Intensity of Well-Being: Sociological Insights on Decoupling and Sustainability"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHenrikke Baumann (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
"Populating and Popularizing Flow Studies. What I Learned from the Social Sciences and Humanities"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmJoshua Newell (University of Michigan, USA)
"The Foundations of Political Industrial Ecology"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmA Green and Circular Economy - The Impact of Industrial Ecology as a Science for Policy
Discussion Leader: Reid Lifset (Yale University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmSimon Corbell (Australian Capital Territory Government, Australia)
"100% Renewables for Canberra: Perspectives on the Public Policy Experience"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmLei Shi (Tsinghua University, China)
"Growing Complexity of Industrial Systems and the Rise of Circular Economy in China"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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