Research on how process automation and optimization can be integrated into sustainable manufacturing

Companies are actively moving to determine the most responsible and sustainable business strategies, while maintaining their focus on core business processes. In this project we worked with "NextEra Energy" and "Temasek" companies in order to provide them with review, assessment, benchmarking and recommendations on their sustainability strategies, plans or reports. The question that we tried to address during this project was, "What is a ‘best practice’ sustainability strategy?" This research project attempted to provide expert-level feedback to companies seeking to benchmark their sustainability strategy against best practice.

The Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Project (C-PEP) was carried out with corporations to identify and quantify pollinator habitats established and maintained at their various facilities and/or properties. This project aimed at providing a total number of acres presently being used as pollinator habitats on corporate lands and it would also be used to encourage the creation of additional acreage to be converted to pollinator habitats where such opportunities exist. This project was aligned with the US National strategy to promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators and was in line with the Wildlife Habitat Council’s mission to facilitate business playing this key role with respect to biodiversity and the conservation of nature. The C-PEP was a joint US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) and Pollinator Partnership project.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Yale SOM Sustainability Executive Education

PROJECTS

Food Waste as an Element of Material Exchange in the US

In this project, in a team of five Yale FES students, I worked with students of Yale School of Architecture (SOA) to help them work through the sizing, distribution and performance seven green infrastructure practices as part of the urbanization studio. This short project utilized a "stormwater puzzle" to develop designed public space networks as stormwater treatment chains. The work entailed assisting Alex Felson, Yale FES professor, in the development of a handout delivered to the SOA students, a four hours symposium on coastal resiliency, participation in a field trip to Bridgeport, office hours with SOA students, and lastly in the pin up session to work through the stormwater puzzle.

September 2015 – Present 

April 2016 – Present 

 ALI MASOUDI

    I N d u s t r i a l   e c o l o g i s t 

Developing Low-Carbon and Sustainable Cities in the United States, China, and India 

March 2016 – June 2016

February 2016 – May 2016 

February 2011 – December 2012

The Corporate Pollinator Ecosystem Survey Project

Green Infrastructure Urban Design

To address this materials efficiency within the concept of circular economy, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) has engaged the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) and the Turkey BCSD (SKD Türkiye) in launching the Turkey Materials Marketplace, a cloud-based platform designed to facilitate cross-industry materials reuse among Turkish companies and communities. The project will be coordinated by the US BCSD, which has established an award-winning Materials Marketplace in the United States and worked on material reuse globally for more than 20 years.

I worked on this project along with my team members at Yale Industrial Ecology through a collaboration with the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD). This project focused on food waste data from Tennessee to improve that element of material exchange. The Tennessee government made their Waste Mapping Project final report available to our team and liked our research on determining whether there were specific markets for waste streams generated by the state’s food industry that have markets for re-use within Tennessee that can be informed by food waste practices in other areas as well. This information also assisted the USBCSD in updating options for food waste in their materials market place.​

The FoFdation project was initiated within the ‘Factories of the Future’, a €1.2 billion program in which the European Commission and industry collaborated in research to support the development and innovation of new enabling technologies for the EU manufacturing sector. 16 technical partners from 8 countries in Europe and also Korea (POSTECH) combined their expertise and knowledge to conduct research.

January 2016 – February 2016

Turkey Materials Marketplace Project

February 2011 – December 2012

April 2016

ONGOING PROJECTS

Research on how environmental impacts can be integrated into the early stages of new product development process (Design for Environment/ Eco-Design)

Research on developing effective policies for low carbon cities through 1) circular economy principles including industrial symbiosis and 2) using system dynamics modeling to estimate future trends of GHG emission in cities

Fofdation: The Foundation for the Sustainable Factory of the Future

Supported by the Korea Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Eco-Design Human Resource Development Project at POSTECH, South Korea

Design for Environment: Integrating Environmental Sustainability into Product Development Process by using a Case Study