José F. Alfaro

José F. Alfaro

Assistant Professor of Environmental Practice

Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan


Dr. Alfaro is a Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Sustainable Systems.  Before his career in Academia, Dr. Alfaro worked as a Research and Development Engineer for a chemical company, was deeply involved in international development projects, and gained valuable experience in project management globally. 

His present work revolves around three main efforts:

1.            Using Industrial Symbiosis at the small-scale to increase communities’ sustainability and well-being

2.            Deploying renewable energy for sustainable development of least industrialized countries

3.            Developing tools for policy and decision-making through computer modeling of socio-technical systems

His experiences have led him to work closely with communities, industry, NGO’s, and government organizations.

Dr. Alfaro is also the founder and faculty director of Sustainability Without Borders, an interdisciplinary student organization that works with communities to develop ethical partnerships for learning and enhancing sustainability.  This organization labors to provide students with a meaningful engaged experience that also increases the capacity of the
communities and NGO’s it works with and increases their well-being.

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