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Biography

Roland Geyer is assistant professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Prior to this appointment, he held positions as research fellow at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK; research associate at the Centre for the Management of Environmental Resources, INSEAD, France; and consultant in financial risk management for AMS (now part of CGI) in Germany. Since 2000 he has worked on environmental sustainability issues with a wide range of governmental organizations, trade associations, and companies.

In his research, he uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, to assess pollution prevention strategies based on recycling, reuse, and material and technology substitution. Dr. Geyer also combines these approaches with research methods from operations management and other fields in order to study the relationship between environmental performance, economic viability, and technical and operational feasibility of pollution prevention strategies. His overarching goal is to help develop the science and knowledge necessary to reduce the environmental impact from industrial production and consumption. He has a graduate degree in physics from the Technical University Berlin and a PhD in engineering from the University of Surrey.

 

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Honors

2010         Professor-in-Residence/Study Leader, Toyota International Teachers Program

2009         Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, University of Calgary (declined)

2008         Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional, ACLCA

2007         Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow of the AT&T Foundation

2002         Best Paper Award, 10th LCA Case Studies Symposium, SETAC Europe

2001         Doctoral Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2000         Doctoral Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

 

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Selected Publications

Kuczenski B, Geyer R, Boughton R (2010) Tracking Toxics: Toward a life cycle aware risk assessment, Environmental Science and Technology, DOI 10.1021/ex101467z.

Bumby S, Druzhinina E, Feraldi R, Werthman D, Geyer R, Sahl J (2010) Life cycle assessment of overhead and underground primary power distribution, Environmental Science and Technology, 44(14), 5587-5593.

Kuczenski B, Geyer R (2010) Material flow analysis of polyethylene terephthalate in the US, 1996-2007, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 54(12), 1161-1169.

Geyer R, Stoms D, Lindner J, Davis F, Wittstock B (2010) Coupling LCA and GIS for biodiversity assessments of land use: Part 2 – Impact assessment, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 15(7), 692-703.

Geyer R, Lindner J, Stoms D, Davis F, Wittstock B (2010) Coupling LCA and GIS for biodiversity assessments of land use: Part 1 - Inventory analysis, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 15(5), 454-467.

Oliver J Y, Geyer R, Savage A, Chong F T, Amirtharajah R, Akella V (2010) Experiences with Life-cycle Aware Computer Architecture, International Journal of Engineering Education, 26(2), 297-304.

Geyer R, Doctori Blass V (2010) The economics of cell phone reuse and recycling, Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 47(5-8), 515-525.

Early C, Kidman T, Menvielle M, Geyer R, McMullan R (2009) Informing packaging design decisions at Toyota Motor Sales using life cycle assessment and costing, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 13(4), 592-606.

Geyer R, DuBuisson M (2009) A Life Cycle-Based Framework for Environmental Assessments of Eco-Entrepreneurship, 53-78 in: Frontiers in Eco Entrepreneurship Research, Libecap G D (Ed.), Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth, Volume 20, Emerald, Bingley, UK.

Geyer R (2008) Parametric assessment of climate change impacts of automotive material substitution, Environmental Science and Technology, 42(18), 6973-6979.

Geyer R (2008) Materials are only as green as their product life cycles, American Metals Market, 117(5), 60.

Oliver J Y, Amirtharajah R, Akella V , Geyer R, Chong F T (2007) Life-cycle Aware Computing: Reusing Silicon Technology, Computer, 40(12), 56-61.

Davis J, Geyer R, Ley J, He J, Jackson T, Clift R, Kwan A, Sansom M (2007) Time-dependent material flow analysis of iron & steel in the UK – Part 2: Scrap generation & recycling, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 51(1), 118-140.

Geyer R, Davis J, Ley J, He J, Jackson T, Clift R, Kwan A, Sansom M (2007) Time-dependent material flow analysis of iron & steel in the UK – Part 1: Production & consumption trends 1970-2000, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 51(1), 101-117.

Geyer R, Van Wassenhove L N, Atasu A (2007) The economics of remanufacturing under limited component durability and finite product life cycles, Management Science, 53(1), 88-100.

Geyer R, Van Wassenhove L N, Neeraj K (2005) Reverse logistics in an electronics company: the NEC-CI case, 33-39 in: Managing Closed-Loop Supply Chains, Flapper S D P, van Nunen J A E E, Van Wassenhove L N (Eds.), Springer, Berlin, Germany.

Geyer R, Van Wassenhove L N (2004) The Impact of Constraints in Closed-loop Supply Chains: The Case of Reusing Components in Product Manufacturing, 203-219 in: Distribution Logistics: Advanced Solutions to Practical Problems, Fleischmann B, Klose A (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Volume 544, Springer, Berlin, Germany.

Geyer R, Jackson T (2004) Supply Loops and Their Constraints: The Industrial Ecology of Recycling and Reuse, California Management Review, 40(2), 55-73.

 

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Software Tools

Geyer R, Kallaos J, Del Maestro C (2009) Life Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Assessments of Automotive Materials: Phase II Model, developed for the World Steel Association, Brussels, Belgium.

Early C, Kidman T, Menvielle M, Geyer R (2008) Environmental Packaging Impact Calculator (EPIC), developed for Toyota Motor Sales, Torrance, CA.

Geyer R (2007) Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emission Assessments of Automotive Materials: Phase I Model, available at http://www.worldautosteel.org/Projects/GHGAssessments.aspx, developed for the International Iron and Steel Institute, Brussels, Belgium.

 

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Grants

2010-2012 Extended Producer Responsibility Evaluation of GHG Emissions associated with Products, California Natural Resources Agency.

2010-2012 Spatially-explicit Life Cycle Assessment Tools for Environmental Sustainability, NSF CBET, with David Stoms and Frank Davis.

2010 Summer School: Assessing the Loss of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Bavaria California Technology Center BaCaTec), with Thomas Koellner.

2010 Life Cycle Assessment of Yogurt Cups made from PS and Ingeo PLA, Stonyfield Farms, NH.

2010 Greenhouse Gas Assessment of the Calera Process, Calera Corporation, CA.

2009-2010 Alternatives Analysis for California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, California EPA.

2009-2010 Life Cycle Assessment of PET Bottles, California EPA.

2009 The First Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals, NSF CBET, with Braden Allenby, EricWilliams, Xu Ming, and Vered Doctori Blass.

2009 The Rebound Effect: State of the Debate and Implications for Energy Efficiency Research, UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE).

2008-2010 Development of commercially viable recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET), California Resources Agency, with Jay Singh and Rafael Auras.

2008 Life Cycle Assessments of Various Glass Packaging Designs, Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), with Marc Binder and Liila Woods.

2008 Biodiversity and biofuels: A winning combination in the San Joaquin Valley?, University of California Energy Institute (UCEI), with David Stoms and Frank Davis.

2007 Environmental life cycle impacts of light-weighting vehicle front ends, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).

2007 Greenhouse gas emission study of automotive materials– Phase II, International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI).

2006-2007 The role and value of information and ICT for supply loop management, AT&T Foundation, with Vered Doctori Blass.

2005-2006 The impact of material choice on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of vehicles, International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI).