Systems Perspectives on Industrial Ecology OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Study Course on Life Cycle Analysis

Published Jan 08, 2009

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This course covers topics like industrial growth and sustainability and economic growth and resource equity. 'Systems Perspectives on Industrial Ecology' is a free OpenCourseWare program, offered by MIT. It is a graduate-level course appropriate for students pursuing a master's degree in Engineering or a related discipline.

Systems Perspectives on Industrial Ecology: Course Specifics

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Systems Perspectives on Industrial Ecology: Course Description

Dr. Frank Field, Professor Randolph Kirchain and Dr. Jeremy Gregory teach this course in MIT's Engineering Systems Division. A free OpenCourseWare offering, this class examines industrial ecology and the related environmental and sustainability paradigms. You'll learn about sustainability measurement and conduct an in-depth study of resource economics. The next six lectures focus on on the techniques of life cycle assessment, and you will learn to use SimaPro 6 software specific to the task. You will look at a case study, perform an impact assessment, study materials flows and consider the making of environmental policy. Students who complete this course will have a thorough understanding of how industrial applications of a variety of fields must have an understanding of, and respect for, the environment and ecological systems.

Five of the readings, some lectures and all assignments are included. For more information on this free course, visit the systems perspectives on industrial ecology course page.

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