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June 13, 2024

The Macroeconomic Role of Efficiency: Eco-Labels’ Missing Story by Sarah LeFever, EEE Undergraduate Researcher

One widespread way of communicating environmental impact information is with labeling schemes known as “eco-labels.” Eco-labels involve seals, logos, pictures, or words present on products with the intention of communicating environmental benefits (ISO, 2019)... We sought to identify if any eco-labels actually consider or account for rebound when calculating environmental impact reductions.
May 30, 2024

Rebecca Ciez: Engineering sustainability for the real-world

Dr. Rebecca Ciez knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue engineering. Her family background in STEM gave her an almost instinctive engineering perspective on the world. Early in her career, she was drawn to one of the world’s pressing engineering issues: sustainability.
May 23, 2024

Conrad Farner (BSEEE 2015) builds strategies for sustainability and for life

Conrad Farner, a BSEEE alumnus from the class of ’15, is on the front lines of T-Mobile’s journey to net-zero as their Enterprise Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), and Sustainability Manager. He has been deeply involved in designing and implementing the muti-year strategy that was officially announced in January of 2023.
May 10, 2024

John W. Sutherland honored with 2024 AEESP Distinguished Service Award

In recognition of his contributions to the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), Dr. John W. Sutherland, Professor and Fehsenfeld Family Head of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, has been awarded the 2024 AEESP Distinguished Service Award.
May 8, 2024

EEE Ph.D. student Venkat Roy’s life cycle assessments on new lithium extraction tech move us toward a circular economy

Venkat Roy and EEE/ME Professor Fu Zhao were recently cited in an article from Oak Ridge National Lab on a new method of lithium extraction. A team of chemist invented a way to extract lithium from more sources with better results. These researchers asked Venkat and Dr. Zhao to complete various analyses including a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on the material and processes involved. They found that the innovative technology uses one-third the material and one-third the energy compared to standard processes.
May 6, 2024

Dr. George Zhou and his new patent bring civil engineering, environmental engineering, and biotechnology together, all in the name of sustainability

Dr. George Zhou isn’t a typical civil engineer, environmental engineer, or microbiologist; he’s all three. Since joining Purdue EEE and CE in 2014, Zhou has been recognized for his outstanding teaching, cutting-edge research, and impactful inventions. Zhou’s research currently focuses on applying biotechnologies in engineering systems for contexts such as wastewater systems, antibiotic resistance, and biofuel production.
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