University of Wisconsin–Madison

Weston Roundtable: Environmental Impacts of Evolving Consumer Technology

Andrea Hicks, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, looks at the environmental, economic and societal impacts of our evolving technology. Tools such as life-cycle assessment and agent-based modeling allow for the quantification of these impacts, and generate an understanding of potential unintended consequences. Hicks will explore these by looking at products such as energy-efficient lighting, nanoenabled textiles, and single-serve coffee pods.