Practical Life Cycle Assessment–Online Training Courses
The objective of this course is to demystify common LCA concepts and principles and teach participants how to use LCA in a practical manner within their organizations. The application of LCA towards an organization's sustainability goals is most successful when LCA knowledge is shared across the members of your team: from product designers and engineers to marketing reps and senior managers.
The course will provide a simplified LCA learning experience that introduces participants to the concept of life cycle thinking, the ISO standardized methodology for conducting LCA, and some practical experience building simple LCA models in EarthSmart, a user-friendly LCA software program. Upon completion of this course, participants will be comfortable applying LCA in a practical project settings such as product design decisions, will be able to scope out LCA projects and develop practical LCA models for products and processes, and will have a better understanding of how LCA can be used effectively to achieve their organization's sustainability goals.
- Life Cycle Thinking
- Why LCA?
- Goal & Scope
- Functional Unit
- Boundary Conditions
- Life Cycle Inventory
- Intro to EarthSmart
- Impact assessment
- Data Aggregation
- ES Method
- Hands on experience in EarthSmart
- PCRs & EPDs
- Mannington Carpet EPD example
- Printer EPD example in EarthSmart
- Screening vs. Full LCA
- Limitations in LCA
- What’s coming?
- Staying informed
Medium: Online – 2 Interactive Courses; or 10 Pre-recorded Modules to learn at your own pace
Duration: Online Training – 2 Hours, each class;
Recorded Web Modules – each one is 10-15 minutes long with exercises in between
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