Applies principles and processes of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial systems. Uses knowledge from the physical and social sciences to maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and use of goods and services. Examines societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.
A person in this career:
- Identifies environmental impacts caused by products, systems, or projects.
- Examines local, regional or global use and flow of materials or energy in industrial production processes.
- Identifies or develops strategies or methods to minimize the environmental impact of industrial production processes.
- Prepares technical and research reports such as environmental impact reports, and communicates the results to individuals in industry, government, or the general public.
- Analyzes changes designed to improve the environmental performance of complex systems to avoid unintended negative consequences.
- Reviews research literature to maintain knowledge on topics related to industrial ecology, such as physical science, technology, economy, and public policy.
- Recommends methods to protect the environment or minimize environmental damage from industrial production practices.
- Builds and maintains databases of information about energy alternatives, pollutants, natural environments, industrial processes, and other information related to ecological change.
- Identifies or compares the component parts or relationships between the parts of industrial, social, and natural systems.
- Redesigns linear, or open loop, systems into cyclical, or closed loop, systems so that waste products become inputs for new processes, modeling natural ecosystems.