Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone School of Medicine
Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a joint appointment at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health. Her research focuses on systematically measuring and analyzing environmental inefficiencies in medical services and built infrastructures in order to optimize these systems. Specifically, she utilizes sustainable engineering tools, such as life cycle assessment (LCA) and industrial ecology, to improve hospitals, healthcare delivery, and medical waste streams. Dr. Casandra Thiel has a PhD in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Sustainable Healthcare and Green Buildings, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Life Cycle Assessment or Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) has been used by various industries since the 1960s to quantify the environmental emissions of a product or process. LCA can be used to identify environmental “hot spots” in a given system, in order to improve its environmental performance. Companies and researchers also use LCA to compare […]
Pollution is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, globally responsible for 9 million premature deaths annually. While the health care sector is itself a major emitter of environmental pollutants, many examples have shown that reducing pollution can improve both public health and the triple bottom line of the health service sector. Many examples exist […]