sus310 | undergraduate

Industrial Ecology

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This course introduces students to the field of industrial ecology. Students examine the interaction of industrial activities and the management of resources to minimize the negative impact on the environment due to these activities through the promotion of sustainability. Emphasis is placed on the flow of materials and energy through industrial and technological systems. Topics include technology and society, sustainability, biological and industrial ecology, cost analysis, and life-cycle assessment.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Introduction to Industrial Ecology

    • Distinguish between green engineering and sustainable engineering.
    • Explain how to quantify sustainability.
    • Determine how industrial ecology is related to biological ecology.
    • Determine how risk evaluation is used to assess environmental impacts from industrial activities.
    • Identify the fundamentals of social, legal, and ethical concerns in industrial ecology.

    Life Cycle Assessment and Technological Systems

    • Describe the design and development of symbiotic industrial ecosystems.
    • Determine the boundaries of life cycle assessment.
    • Describe appropriate system levels in industrial ecology assessment.

    Materials and Energy in Industrial Ecology

    • Explain the role of budgets and cycles in material flow analysis.
    • Assess the relationship of energy and industrial ecology.
    • Determine how water affects industrial ecology.
    • Explain the application of industrial ecology to urban areas.
    • Describe the applications of models in industrial ecology.

    The Future of Industrial Ecology

    • Explain the status of renewable and nonrenewable sources.
    • Describe the role of corporations and the government in sustainable engineering.

    Implementation of Sustainable Engineering

    • Identify the stages of process life cycle.

    • Distinguish between the different types of infrastructure.
    • Assess the approaches to design for reuse and recycling.
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