Alissa Kendall, an associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will speak at 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 29 in Room 1003 of Kemper Hall on the UC Davis campus. Her presentation is titled “Life Cycle Perspectives to Help Us Build, Move and Eat Within Our Environmental Means.” Admission is free.
Kendall earned her undergraduate degree in environmental engineering at Duke University in 2000. She then moved to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she obtained a master’s degree in natural resource policy, in 2004; and a joint doctorate from the School of Natural Resources & Environment, and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, in 2007. She joined UC Davisthat same year, as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Her research interests focus on life-cycle modeling as applied to transportation systems, energy systems, construction materials and buildings, with the goal of developing sustainable systems. In June 2013, she received the Laudise Young Researcher Prize from the International Society for Industrial Ecology. In January 2014, Kendall received an NSF grant to support the research project Dynamic Life Cycle Assessment for Critical Energy Materials: Developing a New Framework for Integrated Industrial Ecology Methods.
The Industrial Ecology Fall 2015 Seminar Series is the first seminar series of the Industrial Ecology Program at UC Davis. The topic of each seminar is open to research founded on principles of industrial ecology (even if the research wasn’t originally conceived in terms of IE). Industrial ecology is “the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, or more broadly to the effects of these flows on the environment, and of the influences of economic, political, regulatory, and social factors on the flow, use, and transformation of resources.” (White, R. 1994. Preface. In The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems, edited by B. R. Allenby and R. J. Deanna. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.) Design practices, such as green chemistry and green engineering; urban metabolism; life cycle assessment; emission or nutrient flow analyses; environmental impact assessment, and nearly all systematic analyses of resource and waste flows (to land, water and air) all fall within the scope of industrial ecology.
Through this seminar series students, staff, and faculty will have an opportunity to learn more about industrial ecology, and UC Davis Faculty and students who are conducting IE related research.
There are three seminars in total. It will be held in Kemper Hall. The seminar will include a 40–45-minute presentation with a 15–20-minute Q&A session. Upcoming seminars will feature Barbara Linke on November 17l; and Brett Milligan on November 24.
Room 1003, Kemper Hall