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New Society for Industrial Ecology Ecology is forming

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Dear colleagues in the pollution prevention and cleaner production community,

I am writing to tell you about a new international society for industrial ecology that is being launched.

Industrial ecology is a new field of study and practice that focuses on how industry and the environment interact. With both sound scientific grounding and a strong involvement in industrial practices and policy design, industrial ecology offers a powerful new way to think and act towards sustainability.  Industrial ecology addresses such familiar (and important!) topics as eco-design, life cycle assessment (LCA), materials flow accounting (MFA), eco-industrial parks and, of course, pollution prevention and cleaner production.

After a more than year of planning, the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE) is formally opening its doors to membership. The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University has generously agreed to serve as the Society's international secretariat during the initial start-up period.

Benefits of membership include a subscription to the Journal of Industrial Ecology (an international, multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed quarterly published by MIT Press for Yale University <http://mitpress.mit.edu/JIE), a newsletter dedicated to providing current news and information about the field, discounts on international conferences, and access to electronic information about the field.

For additional information on the International Society of Industrial Ecology, including information on the inaugural meeting, "The Science and Culture of Industrial Ecology" which will be held from 12-14 November 2001 in the Netherlands, please see our website: www.yale.edu/is4ie. A press release describing the launch of the society can be found at <http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/01-02-08-02.all.html>

Abstracts for papers to be presented at the meeting may be submitted over the web or sent as an attachment to is4ie@yale.edu.  The deadline for submissions is April 30 and accepted papers will be announced by June 30.

Reid Lifset
on  behalf of the ISIE steering committee

Steering Committee: David Allen, University of Texas, Austin, USA; Braden Allenby, AT&T, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA; Helge Brattebo, National University of Science & Technology, Trondheim, Norway; Stefan Bringezu, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy & the Environment, Wuppertal, Germany; Faye Duchin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA; Marina Fischer-Kowalski, University of Vienna, Austria; Tom Graedel, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., USA; Barbara Karn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., USA; Rene Kleijn, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands; Reid Lifset, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., USA; Yuichi Moriguchi, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Japan; Robert Pfahl, Motorola, Inc, Schaumburg, IL, USA; Greg Pitts, Ecolibrium, Austin, Texas, USA; Tadatomo Suga, University of Tokyo, Japan.

International Society for Industrial Ecology
c/o Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511-2189 USA
t: 203/436-4835
f: 203/432-5556