August 9, 2022


John Ehrenfeld the long viewBroadcast Sept. 28, 2011 On The The Long View, John Ehrenfeld presented a thought-provoking definition of sustainability, designing products and processes to truly achieve sustainability rather than just reduce unsustainability - and why we must do both, and the importance of focusing more on 'being' than on 'having,' in order to achieve true sustainability.

Dr. Ehrenfeld is one of the founders of the industrial ecology movement, which is the study and practice of designing products for increased sustainability, and he has served as the Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT program on Technology, Business, and Environment, and remains a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Dr. Ehrenfeld was honored in 1999 with a lifetime achievement award from the World Resources Institute. He holds Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and is the author of over 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications. His latest book is entitled Sustainability By Design, and he continues to teach, do research, and write, including a thought-provoking sustainability blog, which can be found at

Invitation for Guest Hosts: Would you like to be On Air on The Long View?

If you would like to be a guest host from time to time, with a passion for topics that cover the intersection of the natural environment and economic development, we'd like to speak with you. Though not a paid position, the social media implications are valuable, and on this website you may promote your sustainability-focused business. We welcome interest from the Greater Lowell Community for the Host role. Please email: isacann at gmail. The commitment is only for those who can commit to the time slot, maintaining the program as a professional priority.

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