Marie-Odile Fortier

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction
Assistant Professor in Sustainability in Arid Lands
Expertise: Life cycle assessment, Carbon footprints, Energy systems, Renewable energy, Bioenergy, Harnessing energy from wastes, Climate change mitigation, Energy planning


Marie-Odile Fortier, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, is an expert on sustainability in arid lands. Her research focuses on climate change, energy infrastructure, and analyzing how much the carbon footprint of different renewable energy, fossil energy, and bioenergy systems varies by location.

Prior to joining UNLV in fall 2022, Fortier taught courses on sustainable energy at the University of California, Merced and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. 

In 2021, Fortier received a National Science Foundation CAREER award that supported her research in developing new geospatial methodology for energy life cycle assessments, to guide long-term planning of sustainable energy installations to lower climate change impacts.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Kansas
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Florida

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Three UNLV professors are working on an iron-production method that doesn’t generate carbon emissions, part of an effort to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

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People | January 17, 2023

Beyond being passionate about researching climate change and its environmental impacts — Marie-Odile Fortier is unobjectively enthusiastic about educating others on the complex topic.