The H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Valerie Thomas

Anderson Interface Associate Professor
H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Parametric Modeling Approach for Economic and Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Medium-Duty Trucks." Lee, D.-Y., and Thomas, V. M. J. Cleaner Production 142 (4): 3300-3321, 2017.

Water, air emissions, and cost impacts of air-cooled microturbines for combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) systems: A case study of in the Atlanta region." James, J.-A., Thomas, V. M., Pandit, A., Crittenden, J. Engineering 2: 470-480, 2016.

Can developing countries leapfrog the centralized electrification paradigm?" Levin, T., Thomas, V. M. Energy for Sustainable Development 31: 97-107, 2016.

Carbon emission permit price volatility reduction through financial options," Li, X., Deng, S.-J., Thomas, V. M. Energy Economics 53: 248-260, 2016.

Infrastructure Ecology: An Evolving Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Development." Pandit, A., B. Bras, E. A. Minne, E. Dunham-Jones, G. Augenbroe, H. Jeong, J.-A. C. James, J. P. Newell, M. Weissburg, M. A. Brown, M. E. Chang, M. Xu, M. M. Begovic, P. Yang, R. M. Fujimoto, S. P. French, V. M. Thomas, X. Yu, Y. Chen, Z. Lu, J. C. J. Cleaner Production online September 2015.

New Approach for Optimal Electricity Planning and Dispatching with Hourly Time-Scale Air Quality and Health Considerations," Kerl, P., Zhang, W., Moreno-Cruz, J., Nenes, A., Realff, M. Russell, A., Sokol, J., Thomas, V. M. PNAS 112(35): 10884-10889, 2015.

Industrial Ecology: Quantitative Methods for Exploring a Lower Carbon Future." Thomas, V. M. Physics of Sustainable Energy III Rob Knapp, editor. AIP Press, 2015. AIP Conf. Proc. 16521652, 90, 2015.

The Water Efficiency Gap," C. Golin, M. Cox, M. Brown, V. Thomas Sustainable Water Resources Management 1(4): 315-324, 2015.

Adaptive Stochastic Integrated Assessment Modeling of Optimal Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions," Shayegh, S., Thomas, V. M. Climatic Change, 128(1/2): 1-15, 2015.

Anthropogenic CO2 as a Feedstock for the Production of Algal-based Biofuels," Lively, R. P., Sharma, P., Luo, D., McCool, B. A., Beaudry-Losique, J., Thomas, V. M., Realff, M., Chance, R. R. Biofuels Bioproduct Biorefineries 9(1): 72-81, 2015.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Atlanta,” Thomas, V. M., Mlade, J., Borin, S, Tindall N., Okwo A., Dhamodharan, A., 2014.

Bioreactor-based Fuel Systems I: Optimal production capacity considering start-up dynamics," Luo, D., Realff, M. J., Thomas, V. M. Computers and Chemical Engineering 71: 141-153, 2014.

Utility-maximizing financial contracts for distributed rural electrification,” Levin, T., Thomas, V. M. Energy 69: 613-621, 2014.

Modeling the Impact of Stochastic Outages for Electricity Infrastructure Development,” Levin, T., Thomas, V. M. Energy Systems 5(3): 519-550, 2014.

Biomass Feedstock Contracts: Role of Land Quality and Yield Variability in Near Term Feasibility,” Okwo, A., Thomas, V. M. Energy Economics 42 (March): 67-80, 2014.

Coordinated EV Adoption: Double-digit reductions in emissions and fuel use for $40/vehicle-year,” Choi, D. G., Kreikebaum, F., Thomas, V. M., Divan, D. Environmental Science and Technology 47(18): 10703-07, 2013.

Assessment of alternative fibers for pulp production,” Thomas, V. M. and Liu, W. Kimberly-Clark, 2013.

Electric Urban Delivery Trucks: Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Cost Effectiveness,” Lee, D. Y., Thomas, V. M., Brown, M. A. Environmental Science and Technology 47(14): 8022-30, 2013.

LCA of bagasse electricity cogeneration in the South African sugar industry,” Mashoko, L., Mbohwa, C., Thomas, V. M. Journal of Cleaner Production 39: 42-49, 2013.

A Mixed Integer Optimization Model for Electricity Infrastructure Development,” Levin, T. and Thomas, V. M. Energy Systems, 4(1): 79-98, 2013.

Is Leasing Greener than Selling?,” Agrawal, V., M. Ferguson, L. B. Toktay, and V. M. Thomas. Management Science 58(3): 523-533, 2012.

An Electricity Generation Planning Model Incorporating Demand Response,” Choi, D.-G. and V. M. Thomas. Energy Policy 42: 429-441, 2012.

Least-Cost Network Evaluation of Centralized and Decentralized Contributions to Global Electrification,” Levin, T. and V. M. Thomas. Energy Policy, 41: 286-302, 2012.

Environmental Issues and Management Strategies for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment.,” Hldy, G. M., Alcorn, W., Clarke, R., Smith, D., Thomas, V. J. Air and Waste Manage. Assoc., 61(10): 990-995, 2011.

Statistical Evaluation of the Effect of Ethanol in US Corn Production: A Flexible Test for Independence on a Constrained Sum,” Abayomi, K., Luo, D. and Thomas, V. M. International Journal of Ecological Economics and Statistics 22 (S11): 105-126, 2011.

Cars are Buildings: The Building-like Energy Use of Automobiles,” Thomas, V. M., Meier, A. K., Gunda, S. G., and Wenzel, T. P. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 16 (4): 341-345, 2011.

State-scale Evaluation of Renewable Electricity Policy: The Role of Renewable Electricity Credits and Carbon Taxes,” Levin, T., Thomas, V. M., and Lee, A. J., Energy Policy 39(2): 950-960, 2011.

The Environmental Potential of Reuse: An Application to Used Books,” V. M. Thomas, Sustainability Science, 6(1): 109-118, 2011.

Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Analysis of Advanced Jet Propulsion Fuels: Fischer-Tropsch Based SPK-1 Case Study,” NETL, US Air Force., September 2011.

Lifecycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for an Ethanol Production Process Based on Blue-green Algae,” Luo, D., Z. Hu, D. G. Choi, V. M. Thomas, M. J. Realff, R. R. Chance, Environmental Science and Technology 44(22): 8670-8677, 2010.

LCA of the South African Sugar Industry,” Mashoko, L., C. Mbohwa, V. M. Thomas, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 53(6): 793-807, 2010.

Gigaton Problems Need Gigaton Solutions,” Xu, M., J.C. Crittendon, Y. Chen, V. M. Thomas, D.S. Noonan, R. DesRoches, M.A. Brown, Environmental Science and Technology 44(11): 4037-4041, 2010.

Relation of Biofuel to Bioelectricity and Agriculture: Food Security, Fuel Security, and Reducing Greenhouse Emissions,” V. M. Thomas, D. Choi, D. Luo, A. Okwo, J. H. Wang, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 87, 1140-1146, 2009.

A Universal Code for Environmental Management of Products,” V. M. Thomas. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 53: 400-408, 2009.

Framework and Guidance for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Footprints of Aviation Fuels,” NETL, U. S. Air Force, April 2009.

Radio-Frequency Identification: Environmental Applications,” V. Thomas, Foresight in Governance Project. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008.

 “Relation of Chlorine, Copper, and Sulfur to Dioxin Emission Factors,” V. M. Thomas and C. M. McCreight. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 151, 164-170, 2008. 

 “Systematic Approach to Evaluating Tradeoffs among Fuel Options: The Lessons of MTBE,” J. Michael Davis and Valerie M. Thomas. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1076:498-515 (2006). 

"Toward Intelligent Recycling: A Proposal to Link Bar Codes to Recycling Information," S. Saar and V. M. Thomas. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling 41(1):15-21, 2004. 

"Product Self-Management: Evolution in Recycling and Reuse," V. M. Thomas. Environmental Science and Technology 37 (23) 5297-5302, 2003.

Research Issues in Sustainable Consumption: Toward an Analytical Framework for Materials and the Environment,” V. M. Thomas and T. E. Graedel. Environmental Science and Technology 37 (23) 5383-5388, 2003.

"Demand and Dematerialization Impacts of Second-Hand Markets: Reuse or More Use?" V. M. Thomas. Journal of Industrial Ecology 7(2), 65-78, 2003.

"Theoretical Calculation of Product Contents: Battery and Cathode-Ray Tube Examples." Environmental Science and Technology 37, 2016-2019, 2003.

"Industrial Ecology: Policy Potential and Research Needs." V. Thomas, T. Theis, R. Lifset, D. Grasso, B. Kim, C. Koshland, and R. Pfahl. Environmental Engineering Science 20(1):1-9, 2003 (pdf).

"No Evidence of Dioxin Cancer Threshold," D. Mackie, J. Liu, Y.-S. Loh, and V. Thomas. Environmental Health Perspectives,111 (9):1145-1147, 2003) (pdf).

Toward Trash That Thinks: Product Tags for Environmental Management,” S. Saar and V. Thomas. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 6(2):133-146, 2003.

"Ethanol as a Lead Replacement: Phasing Out Leaded Gasoline in Africa," V. M. Thomas and A. Kwong, Energy Policy 29:1133-1143, 2001.

"Assessing Mercury Vapor Exposure from Cultural and Religious Practices"  D. M. Riley, C. A. Newby, and V. M. Thomas. Environmental Health Perspectives109(8):779-784, 2001.

"Soviet and Post-Soviet Environmental Management: Lessons from a Case Study of Lead Pollution"  V. M. Thomas and A. O. Orlova. Ambio 30(2):104-111, 2001. Russian language version also available.

"Effects of Reducing Lead in Gasoline: An Analysis of the International Experience,"  V. M. Thomas, R. H. Socolow, J. J. Fanelli, and T. G. Spiro.  Environ. Science and Technol., 33(22):3942-3947, 1999.  See also comments from others, and our response, published in Environ. Science and Technol. 34(19):4253-4254, 2000.

"Dioxin and Related Compounds," E. K. Silbergeld and V. M. Thomas, pp. 1185-1198 in Environmental and Occupational Medicine, W. Rom, ed., 3rd ed., Lippincott-Raven, 1998 (pdf).

"Dioxin Emissions Inventories," V. Thomas and T. Spiro, pp. 1359 - 1365 in Encyclopedia of Environmental Analysis and Remediation, R. A. Meyers, ed. Wiley Publishers, 1998.

"Bromine Emissions from Leaded Gasoline," V. M. Thomas, J. A. Bedford and R. J. Cicerone. Geophysical Research Letters 24(11):1371-1374, 1997.

"The Industrial Ecology of Lead and Electric Vehicles," R. H. Socolow and V. M. Thomas. Journal of Industrial Ecology 1(1):13-36, 1997. Re-published in Managing a Material World: Perspectives in Industrial Ecology. P. Vellinga, F. Berkhout, J. Gupta, eds., Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, 1998. Also republished in The Future of the Electric Vehicle, H. A. Kukcuk, ed., Informationen zur Elekrizitat, Frankfurt, 1997, pp. 230 - 241.

"The US Dioxin Inventory: Are There Missing Sources?" V. M. Thomas and T.G. Spiro. Environ. Sci. Technol.30(2):82A-85A, 1996 (pdf).

"Pilot Study of Sources of Lead Exposure in Moscow Russia," A. O. Orlova, D. I. Bannon, M. R. Farfel, V. M. Thomas, L. V. Aleschukin, V. V. Kudashov, J. P. Shine, G. I. Kruchkov. Environmental Geochemistry and Health 17:200-210, 1995.

"The Elimination of Lead in Gasoline." V. M. Thomas, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 20:301-324, 1995 (pdf).

"An Estimation of Dioxin Emissions in the United States," V. M. Thomas and T.G. Spiro. Toxicological and Environmental Chemistry 50(1/2):1-37, 1995 (pdf).

Industrial Ecology and Global Change, R. Socolow, C. Andrews, F. Berkhout and V. Thomas, eds.  Cambridge University Press, 1994.  Co-author of the following chapters:
 "Emissions and Exposure to Metals: Cadmium and Lead," V. Thomas and T. Spiro.
 "The Industrial Ecology Agenda," C. Andrews, F. Berkhout and V. Thomas.
 "Soil as a Vulnerable Environmental System," J. Schnoor and V. Thomas.
 "Industrial Ecology in the Manufacturing of Consumer Products," W. France and
V. Thomas.