Koichi Kanaoka

Koichi Kanaoka

Career Interests

Industrial Ecology; Life Cycle Assessment; Industrial Symbiosis; Circular Economy; Sustainable Business
Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Masters Project: Opportunities and drivers for circular economy transition in the U.S. 
Relevant Coursework: Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, Modeling for Energy Systems, Business Strategy for Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Energy Economics, Applied Data Analysis for Environmental Sciences, Water Pollution    
Bachelor of Artsmagna cum laude, May 2016
Soka University of America (SUA), Aliso Viejo, CA
Major: Liberal Arts, Concentration in Environmental Studies
Relevant Coursework: Environmental Economics, Intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Real Analysis
Study Abroad: Spanish language immersion, University of Seville, Seville, Spain

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Yale University Center for Industrial Ecology, New Haven, CT
Compare the material flows of Hawaii by island and identify their drivers. Expand Yale’s database of industrial symbiosis (networks of inter-firm resource exchange) literature and conduct a bibliometric analysis of articles published in years 2015-2017. June 2017 – Present 
Consultant for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Identify challenges and opportunities for improving waste recovery in the U.S. by reviewing successful recycling programs and compiling data on current recycling and reuse rates in U.S. Develop an online toolkit with actionable guidance for local governments and businesses to increase recycling rates in U.S. cities. March 2017 – Present
Research Assistant, Duke Household Energy and Health Initiative, Durham, NC
Designed and executed a systematic review of the literature on impacts of clean energy adoption in developing countries to identify research opportunities for the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, a global research collaborative. September 2016 – May 2017
Fellow, Duke University Center for Sustainability and Commerce, Durham, NC
Assessed the environmental impacts of retreading commercial truck tires by reviewing life cycle assessment literature. Reviewed the literature on mechanisms and environmental impacts of textile microfiber releases. December 2016 – June 2017 
Consultant for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC
Modeled the life cycle environmental impacts of client's product using openLCA and made recommendations for improving the manufacturing process of recreational product. January – April 2017
Research Assistant, Soka University of America Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, Aliso Viejo, CA
Conducted experiments and analyzed data on carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands. Performed greenhouse gas, biomass and water quality sampling and analysis for 4 senior theses. Managed the laboratory database and coordinated work schedules of lab assistants. October 2012 – June 2016
Summer Intern, Raul, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Supported the launch of startups by translating U.S. businesses’ documents to Japanese, including terms of use. Communicated clients’ sustainability efforts by writing articles in Japanese for Yahoo! News and NHK. July – August 2014

Additional Information

Technical: R, SQL, MS Excel, openLCA, Tableau
Professional Affiliations: International Society for Industrial Ecology; American Center for Life Cycle Assessment

Robert J. Riethmiller/PTR Baler and Compactor Scholarship, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, 2017-2018.
Nicholas School Merit Scholarship, Duke University, 2016-2018.
STEM Scholarship Award, Southern California Edison, 2015.
Soka Merit Scholarship, Soka University of America, 2012-2016.
Disney Scholar, Walt Disney Foundation, 2012-2016.


carbon accounting
excel modeling
waste reduction and management

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Business / Industry
Research Institute / Think Tank