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Industrial Ecology and the Automobile by T. E. Graedel

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    From: http://vig.prenhall.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,013607409X,00.html Industrial Ecology and the Automobile by Thomas. E. Graedel (Lucent
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2005

      Industrial Ecology and the Automobile
      by Thomas. E. Graedel (Lucent Technologies), Braden R. Allenby (AT&T),
      Thomas E. Graedel

      $36.60/used from $12.99
      Paperback: 243 pages
      1 edition: July 1, 1997
      ISBN: 013607409X

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      About the author:

      Thomas. E. Graedel is interested in the organizing framework for the study
      of the interactions of modern technological society with the environment and
      in enhancing industrial ecology. Currently, he focuses on the flow of
      materials within the industrial ecosystem and on the development of
      analytical tools to assess the environmental characteristics of products,
      processes, the service industry, and urban infrastructures. He is a
      Professor at the Industrial Ecology dept. of the Yale School of Forestry and
      was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for "outstanding
      contributions to the theory and practice of industrial ecology" in 2002. He
      is a fellow of Pierson College.

      Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
      Sage Hall - 205 Prospect Street
      New Haven, CT 06511
      (203)432-9733 Fax: (203) 432-5556
      thomas.graedel@ yale.edu

      Using the automobile as a case study of one of the industries most attuned
      to the concept of industrial ecology (i.e., the means by which humanity can
      deliberately and rationally approach and maintain a desirable carrying
      capacity, given continued economic, cultural and technological evolution),
      this text provides a general introduction to how to design for
      environment -- a key component of the repertoire of the 21st century
      engineer. Although the focus throughout is on the automobile, the concepts,
      suggestions, and insights are appropriate to all of technology.

      * Shows that an industrial system must be viewed not in isolation from its
      surrounding systems, but in concert with them.
      * Outlines a systems view in which one seeks to optimize the total materials
      cycle - from materials to components and whole products, through
      obsolescence and disposal.
      * Focuses on resources, energy, and capital as factors to be optimized.
      * Explores various experiences encountered by the automobile industry in
      designing an automobile with the environment in mind. Considers:
      * What choices are desirable?
      * Which decisions work?
      * Which are difficult to implement?
      * Where is more research needed?
      * Places automobiles in the context of broad societal structures -
      economics, psychology, culture.
      * Provides historical perspectives on the evolution of the automobile and
      the evolution of the automotive infrastructure. (Chs. 4, 5) Considers:
      * Road network development, maintenance and repair.
      * Petroleum exploration, recovery, and delivery network.
      * The automobile as a facilitator of urban sprawl.
      * Discusses the many steps and factors to be considered in designing for
      * Choosing materials. (Ch. 6)
      * Energy consumption. (Ch. 7)
      * Environmental impacts during manufacture. (Ch. 8)
      * Environmental interactions during product use. (Ch. 9)
      * Design for recycling. (Ch. 10)
      * Surveys global trends affecting the automobile, the transportation
      infrastructure, and the society of the next quarter-century.
      * Contains Matrix Evaluation Guidelines and Checklists. (Appendix A)
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