We study a wide range of sustainable materials including renewable polymers and recycling, materials for renewable energy and energy efficiency, safer materials and chemicals alternatives, and green chemistry and engineering. We work with industry, government, and academic partners to find socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable solutions to materials and manufacturing challenges in all sectors. We also deliver innovative, hands-on education programs with sustainability as the central guiding principle.
Life Cycle Assessment
We develop decision-making models to measure and minimize environmental, social, and economic impacts (footprint assessment) of products, buildings, energy, supply chains, and services using life cycle assessment (LCA). Also, we use LCA to measure and maximize positive environmental, social, and economic impacts of voluntary actions (handprint assessment) by organizations and/or individuals, including education and research. Finally, we advance the LCA method to measure resilience, which will allow for creating sustainable and resilient systems.