The MEM Seminar Series 2002/2003



Public Seminar on


Industrial Ecology:

New Approaches to Economic Development and Planning”



Prof Marian Chertow

Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies





Saturday , 14 September 2002

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lecture Room LR427

SDE 3  Level 4





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Traditionally, economic development has been done on the basis of exploiting key geographic, economic, or institutional conditions of a region as a means of attracting and sustaining development. Industrial ecology, which is fundamentally concerned with the flow of materials and energy through natural and industrial systems at different scales, introduces another factor. The part of industrial ecology known as “industrial symbiosis” considers material and energy flows among groups of businesses and industrial operations as a means of achieving collective competitive advantage.  This lecture argues both theoretically and empirically that industrial symbiosis should be considered a novel, environmentally conscious approach to planning economic development. Over thirty studies designed to explore the parameters and potentials of industrial symbiosis in particular settings reveal industrial symbiosis to be a powerful analytic tool for evaluating ways to revitalize existing businesses as well as for identifying new development that could be recruited to exploit synergistic opportunities. 


About the speaker

Prof Marian R Chertow is currently Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, a position she has held since 1990. She is also Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy, Chair of the Corporate Environmental Leadership Seminar, and Asst Professor of Industrial Environmental Management at Yale.

Dr Chertow holds a Master's degree in Public and Private Management, and a Ph.D in Environmental Studies from Yale University.  Prior to her appointments at Yale, she held various executive positions in the environmental management field, in both the private and public sectors, including service as President of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority from 1986-1988.

Dr Chertow’s current research interests are: 1) industrial ecology, particularly the branch called “industrial symbiosis” concerned with geographically-based exchanges of materials, water, and energy among networks of firms, with her major research site in Puerto Rico; 2) technological innovation and science and technology (S & T) policy as applied to environmental technology commercialization; and 3) “next generation” environmental policy focusing on systems approaches.  She has published widely and was co-editor of Thinking Ecologically: The Next Generation of Environmental Policy, now in its second printing (Yale University Press 1997).



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