Science in Support of Sustainable and Resilient Communities


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. This meeting promises to be a grand event, as the two leading conferences on sustainability merge their efforts. The conference is being supported by a consortium of four universities, DePaul University (DPU), the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Arizona State University (ASU), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The conference venue is The Forum, on the UIC campus.


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, the importance for understanding the complexity of such systems and the responses they exhibit in response to both long term and short term perturbations, and how this knowledge can be applied to devise holistic solutions across multiple spatial and temporal scales, and organizational settings. 


ISIE-ISSST 2017 will include keynote speakers, topical workshops, special sessions and panels, and oral presentations and posters describing research, applications, tools, and case studies. Topics will include, but are not limited to:


• Complexity, resilience and sustainability

• Environmentally and socially-extended input-output analysis

• Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development

• Industrial ecology in developing countries

• Life cycle sustainability assessment

• Socio-economic metabolism and material flow analysis

• Business models, the circular economy, and systems management

• Human behavior and rebound

• Open source data, big data, data mining, and industrial ecology

• Food, energy, water, and nutrient material flows and footprints

• Sustainable energy systems

• Sustainable urban systems

• Network theory for industrial ecology

• United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and planetary boundaries

• Sustainability and resilience metrics

• Products and Services, design for the environment, product declarations and labelling

• Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure

• Resilience and planning

• Management and technology for sustainable and resilient energy, water, food, materials, manufacturing, and waste

• Business and industry practices / case studies

• Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience analysis)

• Decision support methods and tools

• Public policy and governance

• Education in sustainability science