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SMGT 504 - Industrial Ecology and Systems Thinking

Course Description: 

This course introduces the students to the philosophy of industrial ecology and how this systems-based approach can move society toward a more sustainable future. Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary field involving technology (science and engineering), public policy and regulatory issues, and business administration. The major goal of this course is to promote creative and comprehensive problem solving as it might be applied to product, business, and systems models. The course introduces tools such as industrial metabolism, input-output analysis, life cycle assessment, and design for the environment. Individual and team projects are a significant part of the learning experience in this course.