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Research interests

Rylie’s research interests focus on identifying production, consumption and infrastructure transition strategies that improve global sustainability through applications of life cycle assessment and developing decision support tools for organizations and institutions to integrate sustainability metrics into decision/policy-making processes. Rylie’s current research focuses on exploring the spatial environmental impacts of agricultural/protein/biofuel supply chains, identifying potential improvement strategies and integrating insights into visualization tools for decision making. Other research interests include understanding the intersections of urban scale climate action and resiliency planning with infrastructure improvement planning.  

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Research Output 2015 2018

Assessing Global Resource Use: A systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction

International Resource Panel, Bringezu, S., Ramaswami, A., Schandl, H., O'Brien, M., Pelton, R. E. & Nagpure, A. S., 2017, United Nations Environment Programme.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

16 Citations (Scopus)
Zea mays
Life Cycle Stages
Fossil Fuels
27 Citations (Scopus)

Comparative life cycle assessment of fossil and bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles

Chen, L., Pelton, R. E. O. & Smith, T. M., Nov 20 2016, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 137, p. 667-676 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polyethylene terephthalates
Life cycle
life cycle
8 Citations (Scopus)

Optimizing Eco-Efficiency Across the Procurement Portfolio

Pelton, R. E. O., Li, M., Smith, T. M. & Lyon, T. P., Jun 7 2016, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 50, 11, p. 5908-5918 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Environmental impact
Life cycle
environmental impact

Activities 2017 2018

  • 4 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 3 Publication peer-review
  • 2 Invited presentation
  • 1 Consultancy

Sustainability (Journal)

Rylie E Pelton (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesPublication peer-review


Rylie E Pelton (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

Journal of Industrial Ecology (Journal)

Rylie E Pelton (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Land Use Change

Rylie E Pelton (Member)

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes

Buckman Fellowship

Rylie E Pelton (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively