Greg Keoleian

Peter M. Wege Endowed Professor of Sustainable Systems; Director, Center for Sustainable Systems


PhD, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)

MS, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)

BS, University of Michigan (chemical engineering)

BS, University of Michigan (chemistry)



Dr. Keoleian co-founded and serves as director of the Center for Sustainable Systems. His research focuses on the development and application of life cycle models and metrics to enhance the sustainability of products and technology. He has pioneered new methods in life cycle design, life cycle optimization of product replacement, life cycle cost analysis and life cycle based sustainability assessments ranging from energy analysis and carbon footprints to social indicators. Systems studied include alternative vehicle technology, renewable energy systems such as wind farms, photovoltaics and willow biomass electricity, buildings and infrastructure, information technology, food and agricultural systems, household appliances, and packaging alternatives.

Professor Keoleian currently teaches interdisciplinary graduate courses on Sustainable Energy Systems and Industrial Ecology and co-directs the Engineering Sustainable Systems Dual Degree Program and the Rackham Graduate Certificate Program in Industry Ecology.

  • 1989: G.A. Keoleian and J.W. Bulkley. Optimization of Resource Recovery Strategies. I. Model Development. Office of Vice President for Research/School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, $10,000

  • 1990-1991: G.A. Keoleian, J.W. Bulkley and R. De Young. Research and Documentation for Transfer of Waste Reduction Technologies. Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Solid Waste Alternative Program Project, $50,000

  • 1991-1994: G.A. Keoleian and J.W. Bulkley. Product Life Cycle Design for Environmental Impact Mitigation and Health Risk Reduction. U.S. EPA, Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH, $203,395

  • 1991-1994: J.W. Bulkley and G.A. Keoleian. EPA Pollution Prevention Center for Curriculum Development and Dissemination. U.S. EPA, Office of Toxic Substances, $320,000

  • 1991-1993: M.S. Flynn, B.C. Smith and G.A. Keoleian. Plastic Recycling in Automobiles. Society of Plastic Industries, $70,000.


Quoted in "Managing Projects From Start to Finish" in Vol. 2, Issue 2 - Great Lakes Connection, International Joint Commission (IJC) monthly newsletter - February, 2017

Rackham Master’s Mentoring Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, 2015

Presented “Life Cycle Models and Metrics: the Sustainability Compass for Energy Systems, Products, & Technology” Wrigley Sustainability Lecture, Arizona State University, February 1, 2007.

US EPA P3 Award (2006): People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability (Faculty co-Advisor) 

Materials Research Society Fall Meeting (2005) Best Paper for Symposium G Life-Cycle Analysis Tools for "Green" Materials and Process Selection

AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow (2001- 2003)

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Committee Member, Planning Committee Workshop on Exploring the True Costs of Food, Institute of Medicine (2011-12).

International Society for Industrial Ecology, Member and President (two year term: 2011-2012).
 - President Elect (2009-2010); Immediate Past President (2013-2014).


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