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Yale journal publishes special issue on meta-analysis of life cycle assessments

The desire to choose greener products, technologies and materials is everywhere.  Because they help identify what is environmentally preferable, life cycle assessments (LCAs) have proliferated.  LCAs quantify the inputs (raw materials) and outputs (emissions) across the product life cycle­from raw material extraction to manufacture to use and to recycling and disposal. 

As LCAs have become almost commonplace in business and public policy, decision makers face the need to make sense of multiple and competing environmental analyses.

The application of meta-analysis­a set of techniques used to synthesize results from a body of previous research­to LCA is explored in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial EcologyThe issue includes 12 high-quality meta-analyses and critical reviews of LCAs that advance understanding of the life cycle environmental impacts of various technologies, processes, products, and materials.  The research presented in the Meta-Analysis of Life Cycle Assessments” special issue breaks new ground in the synthesis of LCA studies, going beyond the customary practice of producing independent studies on specific products or technologies.

“The application of meta-analysis to life cycle assessment is an important advance,” states Sir Peter Crane, Dean of the Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  “Decision makers seeking to make greener choices need a way to make sense of the enormous amount of information that is coming at them.  This can help.”

The special issue includes six studies from the LCA Harmonization Project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  The Harmonization Project conducted screening, review and adjustment of estimates to produce consistent methods and assumptions in thousands of LCAs on electricity-generating technologies.  In addition to the harmonization studies, critical reviews were contributed by research teams from across the globe.  The result is reviews of

  • Utility-scale wind power
  • Thin-film photovoltaics (PV)
  • Crystalline silicon photovoltaics (PV)
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Nuclear power
  • Coal power
  • Desktop computers and printers
  • Biobased materials

“More than 1,500 studies were reviewed in the preparation of papers in the special issue.” says Reid Lifset, Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. “The scope of these syntheses is staggering and provides real insight into what can be done with the burgeoning research literature in life cycle assessment.”

The Journal of Industrial Ecology ( is a peer-reviewed, international bimonthly journal that examines the relationship between industry and the environment from the perspective of the growing field of industrial ecology.  It is owned by Yale University, headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Articles in the special issue are free on the Web at

The IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Sustainable Systems and Technology (formerly TC on Electronics and the Environment) 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology is being held in Boston this year. This conference was known between 1993 and 2008 as the IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment.

The scope of ISSST/ISEE has broadened over the years. One direction has been to more broadly consider the environmental implications of Information and Communication Technologies more. ISEE also dealt with the development of systems-based assessment and management tools such as materials flow analysis and life cycle assessment and applications to electronic products and ICT services. The environmental impacts of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and convergence of multiple emerging technologies has also been considered. In the past few years, an expanding community and base of individuals interested in the educational issues of sustainability and sustainable engineering has convened at the event.

Details of the conference proceedings can be found here:


2 PhD Stipends, Local Sustainability and the Physical Environment

1 PhD Stipend, Faculty for Social Sciences and Technology Management

1 PhD Stipend, Faculty for Engineering Sciences and Technology

The research projects of the PhD candidates focus on how significant reductions in environmental impacts and resource use can be achieved through changes in infrastructure and durable goods that form the local physical environment within which the daily live of inhabitant happens. The two PhD stipends are connected to NTNU’s successful Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) and are expected to contribute to and make use of the growing body of work at IndEcol.


Following list of departments is relevant:

SVT 967 Social Sciences and Technology Management:

  • Economics
  • Industrial Economics and Technology Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology

IVT 72/11Engineering Sciences and Technology position:

  • Building and Transport Engineering
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
  • Product Design


For further information on IVT 72/11, please contact: Ottar Michelsen, telephone +47 73 59 87 19, e-mail:

For further information on SVT 967, please contact: Lucie Kathrine Sunde-Eidem, telephone +47 73 59 04 88, e-mail:


Assistant Professor, Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Analysis POSTED: Sep 29
Salary: Open Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Employer: School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Type: Full Time – Experienced
Field of Specialization: Analytical, Energy, Environmental Required Education: Doctorate


Employer Information


About School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University


SPEA is a multidisciplinary, professional school on the Bloomington and Indianapolis core campuses of Indiana University. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching and service and to addressing critical issues in public policy and management. All faculty members teach required and elective courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. SPEA is one of the largest U.S. public affairs schools in the nation with over a total of 70 tenure-track faculty on its two mai


Job Description


Tenure Track Faculty Position School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University, Bloomington Industrial Ecology & Life Cycle Analysis The School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in industrial ecology and life cycle analysis. We seek an outstanding individual at the rank of Assistant Professor with research expertise and interest in one or more of the following areas: energy systems analysis, waste-to-energy systems, life cycle analysis, GHG mitigation and climate adaptation strategies, or green chemistry. Demonstrated potential to complement existing strengths in SPEA ( and on the IUB campus (see Center for Research in Environmental Sciences at is also valued. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in science or engineering from disciplines that include physics, chemistry, biology, environmental science, civil and environmental engineering, and from interdisciplinary programs that blend technical and social science reasoning. We expect faculty to establish an independent, externally funded research program and teach environmental science courses related to the candidate’s discipline at undergraduate and graduate levels. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. SPEA is a multidisciplinary, professional school on the Bloomington and Indianapolis core campuses of Indiana University. The School is committed to excellence in research, teaching and service and to addressing critical issues in environmental science, public policy and management. SPEA is one of the largest U.S. public affairs schools in the nation with over a total of 70 tenure-track faculty on its two main campuses, Bloomington and Indianapolis. The graduate program consistently ranks among the best in the country. Applications received by November 1, 2011 are guaranteed full consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a letter of application, current vita, supporting documentation of scholarship, complete contact information, and three letters of recommendation electronically to speahrie "at" or a hard copy to: Dr. David Reingold Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington SPEA, Room 300 1315 E. Tenth Street Indiana University Bloomington, IN, 47405-1701


For more information see: Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator and Contractor, M/F/D and strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, applicants with disabilities and members of other underrepresented groups.



NOTES: Employer will assist with relocation costs   


South East Water of Melbourne Australia, Industrial Ecology program is transforming unwanted waste into a valuable resource. During 2010, more than 100 business opportunities were generated by bringing together industrial customers of South East Water and City West Water to discuss opportunities for mutually beneficial resource sharing. These opportunities ranged from sharing warehouse space to one customer using the sludge by-product of another in its production process.

They have also facilitated a range of other exchanges between customers. One example was bringing together two businesses (located on the same road) – one with unwanted chemicals on its site and the other who could use the same chemicals within its business.

To read more about South East Water, visit their website here:

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JOB POSTING: Research Professor, Industrial ecology and recycling technologies (646).

Form of employment: Regular, Full Time
Location: Finland – Espoo
Organization: Materials and built environment
Application period: September 16, 2011 – October 31, 2011

The professorship is engaged in industrial ecology, research more towards the new industrial recycling systems and technologies, and sustainable production development.

Research Professor, Industrial ecology and recycling technologies
Future society based on sustainable development, where the re-use is of central importance. Materials reuse, efficient use of secondary flows as well as more efficient recovery technologies provide the basis for the sustainable exploitation of natural resources and thus creating a process, in which Finland is known as a role model for clean technologies.

VTT has a strong position in material, manufacturing and energy technologies in the globally. Use of raw material reserves is also facing changes in the Nordic countries and the global competitiveness will require new innovations to improve the competitiveness of the sector.

Finnish investments in bio-and mineral-based natural resource sector provides innovative use of the excellent and extensive opportunities for added value products. New innovations are born from a strong contribution to the scientific and technological expertise at the interface. The professorship is to strengthen the VTT's international competitiveness and visibility of scientific expertise in sustainable development, reuse materials, product-based solutions. The goal is a comprehensive industrial ecology concept development, including material flow management throughout the product life cycle, a special focus on the development of new recycling technologies.

Research Professor is required to provide strong scientific evidence of Materials and / or process engineering, as well as side-streams for recovery and processing sub-regions. In the successful management experience is required sustainability assessments and industrial ecology knowledge. In particular, calls for strong industry and business knowledge, strong evidence for International Cooperation, working at the interface of industry and large-scale international project modules. Industry experience is considered as merit.

Sending your application: Please send your application including CV by October 31, 2011 to: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Register Office/Kirjaamo, Vuorimiehentie 5, FI-02150 Espoo, Finland. Please include two copies of 10-15 of the most significant publications and other documents that demonstrate your qualifications. VTT uses international experts to help evaluate its applicants, so your CV and other application documents should be provided in English. Application documents will not be returned.

Contact for this job:
For further information please contact Vice President, Materials and Built Environment, Eva Häkkä-Rönnholm, tel. +358 40 700 0145, eva.hakka-ronnholm "at" or Vice President, Applied Materials, Erja Turunen, tel. +358 50 380 9671, erja.turunen "at"

The full post can be accessed here:


EcoCloudâ„¢, a project of Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) in conjunction with public and private sector partners, is a virtual space where business leaders and facility managers can work with technology innovators, researchers, and government agencies to make enterprises more sustainable and profitable. Drawing on the latest social networking tools, participants can collaborate, learn, plan, and make valuable connections.

Just as “cloud computing” uses the distributed power of the internet for more efficient data processing, EcoCloud™ harnesses the power of web-based social networking tools. EcoCloud™ is intended to be a virtual industrial ecosystem that enables local leaders to work together to implement and share sustainable business practices, putting the principles of industrial ecology to work in Silicon Valley and beyond.

EcoCloudâ„¢ was launched in December 2010, and is still under development. It will ultimately address all the major intersections of industry and environment, including water, materials, and energy. Currently, EcoCloudâ„¢ members are paying particular attention to the principles of integrated water management, focusing on how to mitigate the impact of the urban water cycle on the environment.

To find out more about ecocloud, visit their website here:

2011 Industrial Environmental Management Lecture Series: Producers, Packaging & Public Policy
Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Duncan Bury, Duncan Bury Consulting
Webinar: “Canadian Approaches to EPR:The Road from Shared Stewardship to Full Producer Responsibility”
Tuesday, September 13th, 12:00PM EDT (US)

Minal Mistry, GreenBlue
Webinar: “Life Cycle Assessment and Packaging Design”
Tuesday, October 4th, 12 PM EST (US)

With the start of the fall semester, the Industrial Environmental Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is pleased to announce the second half of 2011 lecture series, PRODUCERS, PACKAGING & PUBLIC POLICY.

The lecture series explores the topic of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and packaging. Nestle Waters, an industry leader in exploring EPR issues, is the primary sponsor of this special lecture series. The goal of the lecture series is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the application of EPR to packaging waste and municipal solid waste more generally in the U.S. For more information on Yale’s lecture series, including recordings of previous lectures in the series, visit

In its 21st year, the IEM Lecture Series brings speakers from companies and organizations to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to discuss the relationship between business and the environment.

To register for the webinar by Duncan Bury, go to
To register for the webinar by Minal Mistry, go to
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars.

System Requirements for the Webinars
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees
Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Content provided courtesy of Reid J. Lifset, Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology

This week a short, but highly content rich conference will be held in Arlington, Virginia.  The International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology conference sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society features the latest in design, manufacturing,research, marketing, recycling practice, and policy making from worldleaders in industry, academia, and public policy areas.

For more details, visit the conference website here:

***Deadline extended to Sunday, Feb 7***

The Clean Air-Cool Planet Summer Climate Fellowship Program has extended the deadline for one LCA position in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Please consider forwarding this job posting to graduate and advanced undergraduate students you think might be interested. 

It is a paid summer fellowship dealing with the life cycle assessment of food, but it is mostly outreach/programmatic rather than hard data work, though we would certainly like to hear from some “data people” if its a good fit.  This would be great for someone who has a good background in general sustainability work, life cycle assessment work, an understanding of the food production industry, work in industrial ecology, etc.  Any one of those traits would make someone a candidate.

The Climate Fellowship Program offers not only a competitive stipend but a focus on personalized professional development.

Please contact:

Claire Roby

Carbon Accounting Coordinator

Clean Air-Cool Planet

100 Market St

Portsmouth NH  

 Overall program link:

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