Andre Nogueira (PhD 2019) was selected to present his research findings at a joint conference that received 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) in Chicago. From June 25-29, 2017, the 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), held the event with 500+ participants from more than 20 countries in the world. The theme of the conference was “Science in Support of Resilient and Sustainable Communities.” Participants’ contribution were divided into keynote talks, topical workshops, special sessions and panels, and oral presentations and posters. The overall goal of the conference was to emphasizes the crucial role that research in Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems plays in the planning, design, and governance of linked human-natural communities, and present future paths for understanding the complexity of such systems.

Andre presented part of his research on a poster for the theme of complexity, resilience and sustainability, and gave a presentation about how design can foster sustainable innovation. Andre is exploring the intersection between design tools and methods, and industrial ecology frameworks to inform the design of sustainable systems solutions. This on-going research intends to offer many insights into society’s production and consumption systems, considering transformation of resources, generation of wastes, and social and environmental impacts.

Before the joint conference, Andre participated on the Industrial Symbiosis Research Symbiosis (ISRS), an annual event organized by the ISIE section on eco-industrial development and industrial symbiosis (EID/IS), organized at The Plant, Chicago. Andre also presented part of the work he is developing with Plant Chicago and multiple tenants about circular economy, at the facility level.

As part of the conference, the Institute of Design hosted the  (SIEYP) on the previous weekend. The event accounted for more than 100 students from different parts of the world, and provided an opportunity for young professionals who perform research in industrial ecology (IE) and design to present and discuss their novel research ideas and experiences, receive constructive feedback, and network with senior professionals in the field.