Marian Chertow

Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management, Director of the Program on Solid Waste Policy & Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program

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Marian Chertow is associate professor of industrial environmental management and has been director of the industrial environmental management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation. Primary research interests are: (1) the study of industrial symbiosis involving geographically based exchanges of materials, energy, water and wastes within networks of businesses; (2) the potential of industrial ecology in resource-poor, emerging economies; (3) the application of innovation theory to the development of environmental and energy technology.

Prior to Yale, Professor Chertow spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government including service as president of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority charged with developing a billion dollar waste infrastructure system for the state. She is a frequent international lecturer and has testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Professor Chertow is on the editorial board of BioCycle Magazine and the Journal of Industrial Ecology, the Council of the International Society of Industrial Ecology, the advisory board of Soltage, Inc., a solar energy start-up, and was a charter advisory board member of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. Professor Chertow serves on the founding faculty of the masters of science in environmental management program at the National University of Singapore where she teaches "Business and Environment" and is a visiting professor at Nankai University's National Center for Innovation Research on Circular Economy in China.


  • PhD, Yale University, 2000
  • MPPM, Yale School of Management, 1981
  • BA, magna cum laude, Columbia University, 1978


  • Corporate Environment Management MGT 688


  • Ministry of National Development, Singapore, $300,000, "Planning and Development for Sustainable High Density Living: Urban Metabolism Studies", 2009-2012
  • Rice Family Foundation Asia Environmental Fund, $200,000, "Industrial Ecology in Developing Countries", 2008-2011
  • Hawai’i Community Foundation, $82,720, "Waste and Material Flows on Oahu: An Industrial Ecology Approach", 2008
  • Contract award from United Technologies Corporation, $9,000. "Firm Competitiveness and Regional Sustainability", 2007
  • McMillan Center for International and Area Studies Faculty Research Grant – Yale Univ. $5,000, "Spontaneity and Central Planning: Organizing Industry in China", 2007