Industrial Ecology (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130467133
ISBN-10: 0130467138
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Industrial ecology is a new way of looking at economic and environmental interactions. This is the first textbook available to those interested in learning how to put into practice the idea of performing industrial activities while keeping environmental consequences in check. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

To a significant degree, the first edition of this book defined the new field of industrial ecology, the restructuring of technological activity to incorporate environmental concerns. Important topics from that book are updated here, among them

  • life-cycle assessment
  • product design for the environment
  • the incorporation of environmental considerations into product development
  • integrating industrial ecology into corporations
  • budgets and cycles

In addition, the new edition includes entire chapters on topics that are becoming or have become newly important to the field:

  • the biological model applied to industrial systems
  • the status of resources
  • the transition from products to services
  • systems analysis
  • Earth systems engineering and management

While still serving as a practical guide to product designers and corporate managers, the new edition also provides guidance for the broader task of mapping a societal evolution to a more sustainable world, thus justifying industrial ecology's label as "the science and technology of sustainability."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (September 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130467138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130467133
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Waisberg on November 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book while writing my under-graduation final project in "Corporate Environmental Strategies", which was later published in a Brazilian magazine called Industrial Ecology. The book changed the way I see environmentalism in a very important way: it made me stop discussing about the real state of the world and start worrying about improving it (in those times I had read 'The skeptical Environmentalist' by Bjorn Lomborg and 'The Ultimate Resource 2' by Julian Simon, which are great books in my opinion). I started to understand that the most important is not to define where we stand, but to make the world a better place.

Graedel and Allenby propose practical and detailed strategies in order to 'green' the production process. They start the book with a really unbiased discussion about environmentalism and slowly provide the context for the introduction of environmental processes into the industrial world (full table of contents below). The text is written in a very clear and didactic way, and the technical terms are explained from A-Z.

I strongly recommend this book for engineers, environmentalists, managers, biologists, and people who want to improve the world's environment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Humanity and Environment.

2. The Industrial Ecology Concept.

3. Technological Change and Evolving Risk.

4. The Relevance of Biological Ecology to Technology.

5. The Status of Resources.

6. Society and Culture.

7. Governments, Laws, and Economics.

8. Industrial Product Design and Development.

9. Industrial Process Design and Operation.

10. Choosing Materials.

11. Designing for Energy Efficiency.

12. Product Delivery.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mariana Ruiz on June 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book presents the main topics of environmental science in a clear, organized format, relating them to industrial production of goods. Full of visual aids, excercises, and suggested reading lists at the end of each chapter, could definetly be a text book for undergrads.
Humanity and Environment.Technology and Industry. Lyfe-Cycle Assessment. Process and Product Audits. Industrial Design. Materials, Packaging and Transportation. Recycling.
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By Richard's Kindle on November 27, 2013
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This sets the standard for a new science of life cycle impact assessment and explains its fundamental principles about making better decisions in the context of a highly interconnected global supply chain.
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By Jonathan South on October 3, 2010
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Though a bit dated the information is well put together.
Text for the environmental engineering course at Conestoga College
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By Ida Laegreid on June 21, 2015
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Very satisfied with both price, book and time of shipment.
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