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Journal of Industrial Ecology Special Issue: Sustainable Urban Systems


“Our goal with this special issue on sustainable urban systems is to apply methods of industrial ecology toward the sustainable development of cities, their supporting hinterlands, and the networked infrastructure that connects them. The methods include familiar tools of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment (LCA), material flow analysis (MFA), environmental footprinting, and scenario modeling; but there is also an effort to push the interdisciplinary boundaries of industrial ecology even further, linking with other disciplines and recognizing that it is social actors (i.e., people) who shape urban systems. Contributions were encouraged from researchers in a broad range of disciplines, including industrial ecologists, urban ecologists, urban planners, architects, geographers, engineers, economists, environmental scientists, planners, political scientists, and sociologists. The articles address fundamental research, development of cross-cutting conceptual frameworks, applied tools (e.g., low-carbon development methods), case studies, and interdisciplinary curricula. Several articles in particular address both the biophysical and human dimensions of sustainable urban systems (Castan Broto et al. 2012; Ramaswami et al. 2012b; Hodson et al. 2012). In introducing this special issue, we begin with interdisciplinary overarching articles on urban infrastructure, metabolism, and environmental footprints of cities in the context of social actors, before moving to more specialized articles on energy and carbon, nutrients, water, and waste.”

Work from the IGERT, Sustainable Urban Infrastructure, at the University of Colorado Denver is highlighted in the special issue described below. Articles
authored by IGERT members from this Special Issue include:

Sustainable Urban Systems: An Integrated Approach, (pages 775–779), Christopher Kennedy, Lawrence Baker, Shobhakar Dhakal and Anu Ramaswami

Carbon Footprinting of Cities and Implications for Analysis of Urban Material and Energy Flows, (pages 783–785), Anu Ramaswami, Abel Chavez and Marian Chertow

A Social-Ecological-Infrastructural Systems Framework for Interdisciplinary Study of Sustainable City Systems : An Integrative Curriculum Across Seven Major Disciplines, (pages 801–813), Anu Ramaswami, Christopher Weible, Deborah Main, Tanya Heikkila, Saba Siddiki, Andrew Duvall, Andrew Pattison and Meghan Bernard

Implementing Trans-Boundary Infrastructure-Based Greenhouse Gas Accounting for Delhi, India: Data Availability and Methods, (pages 814–828), Abel Chavez, Anu Ramaswami, Dwarakanath Nath, Ravi Guru and Emani Kumar

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