Sarah Eichler Inwood is an agro-ecologist whose work contributes to broad-scale sustainability solutions in the fields of ecosystem services and energy. She works toward empowering farmers through policy recommendations for regional to global sustainability efforts associated with agriculture, energy and climate change. Her background spans ecosystem science and sustainable cropping systems to clean energy and mobile app development.
Sarah received her BS with honors from Kent State University and a MS in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her PhD in Energy Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, where she was the recipient of the Lori Mayer Graduate Fellowship. For her dissertation, Sarah worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers and international collaborators on landscape sustainability assessments involving stakeholders of the Yaqui Valley landscape in Sonora Mexico and the Todos Santos highlands area in Guatemala.
Other projects included conceptual design of an agricultural knowledge sharing app with funding from UT’s Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environment; a meta-analysis and model demonstrating how cover cropping offers an economically viable way to reduce watershed phosphorus export, and an analysis of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, among other activities. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Sarah worked on nutrient cycling and biocontrol in midwestern lakes, plant carbohydrates at the University of Georgia, water resource management in Alabama, and agricultural research at the University of Tennessee.
Jay’s research investigates how both emerging and existing low-carbon materials can be implemented in the built environment and if scaled, what impacts these materials would have on reducing the lifecycle emissions of buildings. Envisioning a built environment that is both low-carbon emitting and carbon storing, Jay’s goal is to change the materials that we use in designing, building and retrofitting buildings. Jay’s professional experience includes being a structural designer in Colorado, and as a project manager for rural construction projects in Bolivia and Eswatini.
While serving on the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and as a member of the Embodied Carbon Network, Jay works to develop tangible actions that structural engineers and building designers can take to reduce the carbon emissions of the structures they design.
Jay Arehart is currently a PhD student in architectural engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Jay also received his BS and MS degrees at CU Boulder where he studied structural engineering, sustainable building design, and novel infrastructure materials.
Chirjiv Anand researches the area of sustainable buildings using the life cycle assessment (LCA) approach. Her post-doctoral research at Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec, focused on, reducing the environmental impact of buildings with emphasis on regionalised impact assessment and regional policies. She also worked on meta-analysis and harmonisation of building impacts data to better understand and utilize the global buildings impact data. Her research also focused on the regional efforts in integration of sustainable development in higher education.
Chirjiv has mentored interns and graduate students and co-authored research with them on critical assessment of LEED V4 buildings certification as well as systematic integration of life cycle assessment in the Civil Engineering curriculum. She recently had the opportunity to serve on the council advisory body, at the City of Mountain View, California, targeting to meet its climate goals, where she specifically worked on projections of, building energy use, greenhouse gas savings, cost implications and developing policy suggestions and, building codes adoption recommendations, to advance the use of renewable energy in buildings.
Chirjiv earned her Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Toledo. During her Ph.D. she researched the economic and environmental impacts of conventional and alternative sanitation technologies in buildings, using the life cycle assessment approach, to reduce the impacts of using potable water to flush toilets. Her Ph.D. work resulted in development of a calculation framework for an LCA-based model to compare conventional and alternative sanitation options in buildings. Her M.S. research was focused on developing a multi-criteria decision-analysis (MCDA) model for beneficial reuse of industrial by-products in roads. The MCDA model was developed to aid with decision making based on LCA results, in the presence of multiple environmental indicators as well as multiple alternatives to conventional materials. In addition, her M.S. research also looked into development of sustainability indicators for roads.
All of Chirjiv’s research has been published in technical journals and presented at numerous conferences. Chirjiv, prior to her M.S. in Environmental Engineering, received her Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from Nagarjuna University in India.
Jimena is a PhD candidate at Lancaster University (United Kingdom) as part of the European Union ICE-ARC (Ice, Climate, Economics- Arctic, Research on Change) project. Her research focuses on assessing the role of integrated assessment models (IAM) as a tool to quantify the economic implications from Arctic change and to use the economic findings as a starting point for assessing policy options.
She has 13 years of combined professional experience on climate change, sustainable development and economic & financial planning. After graduating as an Engineer, she worked for seven years on strategic and financial planning as part of the Techint Group. While working full-time, she was also a teaching assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires on two modules: “Simulation” and “Operations Research”. She was later invited to be a lecturer on the “Engineering and Climate Change” seminar and a member of the Commission on Environment and Sustainable Development of the Centre of Argentine Engineers. For the past 6 years she has been working on different research and consultancy initiatives with a focus on the socio- economic impacts resulting from climate change.
Jimena holds an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a BEng and MEng from the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her MEng thesis “Environmental impact of medium- sized cars using Life Cycle Assessment” analysed the impact of incorporating hybrid vehicles to the national fleet and was awarded the prize “Best thesis of the year”. She was awarded a Distinction for her thesis “Economics of climate change: the social cost of carbon from the RCP scenarios” from her MPhil degree.
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