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Global climate deal to phase out fast-​​growing pollutant. What happens next?

More than 170 coun­tries reached a land­mark cli­mate deal last weekend to limit the use of a chem­ical used in air con­di­tioners and refrig­er­a­tors that’s been called the world’s fastest-​​growing cli­mate pol­lu­tant. North­eastern pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman weighs in on the deal’s sig­nif­i­cance and the envi­ron­mental trade offs that come with replacing one tech­nology with another.


Influence of Young Scholars Program reverberates through time

As a rising high school senior, assis­tant pro­fessor Matthew Eck­elman, spent a summer at North­eastern sim­u­lating earth­quakes on a shaker table to eval­uate the sta­bility of land­fill liner sys­tems. Twenty-​​one years later, he’s come full circle, hosting young scholars in his lab, guiding them toward STEM careers.

Aug. 1, 2016 - BOSTON, MA. - Matthew Eckelman, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering hosts two Young Scholars, Louis Sokolow from Brookline and Mary Rockett from Needham. Eckelman was in Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program when he was in high school in Braintree. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Researchers reveal the hidden environmental and public health impacts of the US healthcare sector

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. health­care sector’s green­house gas emis­sions grew by more than 30 per­cent, accounting for 9.8 per­cent of the national total in 2013. “If the U.S. health­care sector were itself a country, it would rank 13th in the world for green­house gas emis­sions, ahead of the entire U.K.,” states a new paper coau­thored by North­eastern researcher Matthew Eckelman.


To battle natural hazards, interdisciplinary research team turns to resilient, sustainable buildings

A team of North­eastern researchers has received a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to develop a deci­sion frame­work for designing build­ings that are both resilient and sus­tain­able in the face of mul­tiple envi­ron­mental haz­ards like earth­quakes, flooding, and heavy winds.


The secrets to success in urban design

Experts from acad­emia and the public and pri­vate sec­tors con­verged at North­eastern for a day­long sym­po­sium focused on how to design sus­tain­able cities for the future.

Sustainability Symposium

Selected Publications

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New perspectives on nanomaterial aquatic ecotoxicity: Production impacts exceed direct exposure impacts for carbon nanotubes

(with Mauter, M.S., Isaacs, J.A., and Elimelech, M.) Environmental Science & Technology 46, 2902-2910.


Construction matters: Comparing environmental impacts of building modular and conventional homes in the United States

(with Quale, J., Williams, K.W., Sloditskie, G., and Zimmerman, J.B.) Journal of Industrial Ecology 16(2), 243-253.


Life cycle assessment of algal biodiesel: a model to guide process design for industrial production

(with Brentner, L.B. and Zimmerman, J.B.) Environmental Science & Technology 45(16), 7060-7067.

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