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University of Maine


Visions and Goals

The Research Group for Industrial Ecology, LCA and Systems Sustainability (IELCASS) was established in 2009 by Dr. Anthony Halog. Our mission is to provide cutting-edge research and training in the field of industrial ecology and systems sustainability through cross-disciplinary, life cycle thinking, integrative, and quantitative analyses.

We pursue the vision of a viable, sustainable, domestic biorefinery industry that:

 Produces renewable biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower

 Enhances energy security

 Reduces our dependence on oil

 Provides environmental benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions


Our goals are:

 Developing a nationally/internationally recognized research program that advances the methods of life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology to assess the environmental, ecological, economic and land use impacts of bioproducts and biofuels;

 Developing and applying quantitative methods related to studying the life cycle environmental impacts of product life cycles;

 Developing life cycle inventory (LCI) data related to biomass based fuels and products;

 Providing solution-driven research in industrial ecology and sustainability through innovations and systems thinking;

 Advancing our understandings on dynamic human-environment interactions;

 Training students and researchers in an inter-disciplinary environment with world-class research programs;

 Supporting local, regional, and national environmental and natural resources policy ;

 Providing assistance to representatives from forest industry and landowners as well as natural resource sector.