Jay Devkota


Jay is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Until July 2018, he was the Assistant Director for Clemson's Industrial Assessment Center. Additionally, his research integrates Urban Hydrology, Agricultural Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Bio-based products such as Biofuels to aid in developing Sustainable and Resilient Cities.

Jay's research provides a unique lens to investigate alternative management practices for these sectors by evaluating their environmental sustainability. To quantify environmental impacts, he conducts comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) that evaluates water quality criteria, air pollutants, global warming potential, land use, and energy consumption. Starting out with the idea that lots of uncertainty exists in the LCA technique, he couples LCA results with statistical analysis technique such as Markov chain Monte Carlo, the interconnection of which enables the estimation of statistical distribution in a complex model. Jay uses these techniques to inform society of alternative practices to mitigate the effect of climate change.

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Honors & Awards:


    2016-2021: Industrial Assessment Center: Energy efficiency for the growing South Carolina manufacturing industries, US Dept. of Energy (DOE): 1,511,076 USD

    Senior Personnel:


      Harris T.M., Khanna V., Devkota J. and Landis A. E. (2017) Logistic Growth Curve Modeling of US Energy Production and Consumption. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, IN REVIEW
      Eranki P. L., Devkota J. and Landis A. E. (2018) Carbon footprint of corn-soy-oats rotations in the US Midwest: a comparative case study of conventional and biological farm management practices. Journal of Cleaner Production, IN REVIEW
      Tavakol Davani H., Burian S., Butler D., Sample D., Devkota J., and Apul D. (2018) A Combined Hydrologic Analysis and Life Cycle Assessment Approach to Evaluate Urban Water Infrastructure. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, IN PRESS
      Petit-Boix, A., Devkota, J., Phillips, R., Vargas-Parra, M. V., Josa, A., Gabarrell, X., Rieradevall, J. and Apul, D. (2018). Life cycle and hydrologic modeling of rainwater harvesting in urban neighborhoods: Implications of urban form and water demand patterns in the US and Spain. Science of The Total Environment, 621, 434-443. [Note: Anna Petit-Boix, Jay Devkota, and Robert Phillips contributed equally to this paper and share first authorship].
      Devkota, J., Apul, D., Burian, J. and Davani H. (2015) Introducing Demand to Supply Ratio as a New Metric for Understanding Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Journal of Cleaner Production, 163, 274-284
      Devkota, J., Schlachter, H. and Apul, D. (2015) Life Cycle Based Evaluation of Harvested Rainwater Use in Toilets and for Irrigation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 95, 311-321
      Devkota, J., Schlachter, H., Anand, C., Phillips, R., and Apul, D. (2013). Development and Application of EEAST: A Life Cycle Based model for Use of harvested Rainwater and Composting Toilets in Buildings, Journal of Environmental Management, 130, 397-404

    Latest Presentations:

      Devkota, J. (2017) Eutrophication potential from biofuel production: A comparative assessment of Nitrogen emissions to TMDL, LCA XVII, Portsmouth, NH, October 2nd-5th, 2017.
      Devkota, J. (2015) Rainwater harvesting System in Neighborhood Scale: Environmental impacts of urban Stormwater Reduction, AWRA Annual Water Resource Conference, Denver, CO, November 16th-19th, 2015
      Devkota, J. (2015) Can we make an impact individually/ nationally by implementing rainwater harvesting systems?, International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology Conference (ISSST), Dearborn, MI, May 15th-21st, 2015.
      Devkota, J. (2015) Life Cycle Assessment of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in different building types, Northern Ohio Chapter Conference of The Air and Waste Management Association, University of Toledo, OH, April, 2015.