Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems; Director, Center for Sustainable Systems
PhD, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)
MS, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)
BS, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)
BS, University of Michigan (chemistry)
Dr. Keoleian co-founded and serves as director of the Center for Sustainable Systems. His research focuses on the development and application of life cycle models and metrics to enhance the sustainability of products and technology. He has pioneered new methods in life cycle design, life cycle optimization of product replacement, life cycle cost analysis and life cycle based sustainability assessments ranging from energy analysis and carbon footprints to social indicators. Systems studied include alternative vehicle technology, renewable energy systems such as wind farms, photovoltaics and willow biomass electricity, buildings and infrastructure, information technology, food and agricultural systems, household appliances, and packaging alternatives.
Professor Keoleian currently teaches interdisciplinary graduate courses on Sustainable Energy Systems and Industrial Ecology and co-directs the Engineering Sustainable Systems Dual Degree Program and the Rackham Graduate Certificate Program in Industry Ecology.
1989: G.A. Keoleian and J.W. Bulkley. Optimization of Resource Recovery Strategies. I. Model Development. Office of Vice President for Research/School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, $10,000
1990-1991: G.A. Keoleian, J.W. Bulkley and R. De Young. Research and Documentation for Transfer of Waste Reduction Technologies. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Solid Waste Alternative Program Project, $50,000
1991-1994: G.A. Keoleian and J.W. Bulkley. Product Life Cycle Design for Environmental Impact Mitigation and Health Risk Reduction. U.S. EPA, Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, $203,395
1991-1994: J.W. Bulkley and G.A. Keoleian. EPA Pollution Prevention Center for Curriculum Development and Dissemination. U.S. EPA, Office of Toxic Substances, $320,000
1991-1993: M.S. Flynn, B.C. Smith and G.A. Keoleian. Plastic Recycling in Automobiles. Society of Plastic Industries, $70,000.
Quoted in "Managing Projects From Start to Finish" in Vol. 2, Issue 2 - Great Lakes Connection, International Joint Commission (IJC) monthly newsletter - February, 2017
Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2015
Presented “Life Cycle Models and Metrics: the Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, & Technology” Wrigley Sustainability Lecture, Arizona State University, February 1, 2007.
US EPA P3 Award (2006): People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability (Faculty co-Advisor)
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (2005) Best Paper for Symposium G Life-Cycle Analysis Tools for "Green" Materials and Process Selection
AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow (2001- 2003)
Heller, M.C., and G.A. Keoleian, “Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimates of U.S. Dietary Choices and Food Loss.” Journal of Industrial Ecology (2015) DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12174.
Orfield, N.D., R.B. Levine, R.B., G.A. Keoleian, S.A. Miller, P.E. Savage, “Growing algae for biodiesel on direct sunlight or sugars: A comparative life cycle assessment” ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering (2015): 3(3): 386-395.
Bi, Z., L. Song; R. De Kleine; C.C. Mi; G.A. Keoleian “Plug-in vs. wireless charging: Life cycle energy and greenhouse gas emissions for an electric bus system” Applied Energy. (2015) 146: 11-19.
Arbabzadeh, M., J.X. Johnson, R. De Kleine, G.A. Keoleian “Vanadium redox flow batteries to reach greenhouse gas emissions targets in an off-grid configuration” Applied Energy (2015) 146: 397–408.
Keoleian, G.A., J.P. Newell, M.Xu and E. Dreps “Sustainability strategies for consumer products in cities” Chapter 5 in Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, methods and outlook D. Mazmanian and H. Blanco, Editors, Edward Elgar: Northhampton MA., (2014) p. 86-115.
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Committee Member, Planning Committee Workshop on Exploring the True Costs of Food, Institute of Medicine (2011-12).
International Society for Industrial Ecology, Member and President (two year term: 2011-2012).
- President Elect (2009-2010); Immediate Past President (2013-2014).
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