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The 9th biennial conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) and the 25th annual conference of the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) will be held jointly in Chicago, Illinois, USA from June 25-29, 2017.

The theme of the conference, “Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities,” emphasizes the crucial role that research in Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems plays in the planning, design, and governance of linked human-natural communities. In addition to its traditional focus on sustainability research and policy, the conference’s diverse program has a series of panels and workshops intended to provide designers and technology managers with practical insights on addressing the emerging demand for products and services that are both environmentally and economically sustainable.

Topics covered during the 3-day event will include, but are not limited to:

  • Design for the environment practices for sustainable products and services  
  • Sustainability product declarations and labelling
  • Life cycle sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Environmentally and socially-extended input-output analysis
  • Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development
  • Industrial ecology in developing countries
  • Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis
  • Business models, the circular economy, and systems management
  • Open source data, big data, data mining, and industrial ecology
  • Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints
  • Sustainable urban systems
  • Network theory for industrial ecology
  • Sustainability and resilience metrics
  • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure
  • Decision support methods and tools

Held at the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, the conference accommodates the needs of both attendees from the commercial sector and the academic sector. Held at the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, the conference accommodates the needs of both attendees from the commercial sector and the academic sector. Conference registrants have the choice of staying at a local hotel offering corporate discount or in one of UIC’s residence halls.  The residence halls are modestly priced, and within walking distance of the conference as well as restaurants and shops on Halsted Street and Maxwell Street. Details on both types of housing are available at the conference’s accommodations page.

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