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Free webinars on LCA and sustainability topics

EarthShift Global is pleased to announce a series of free sustainability 'Brown Bag' webinars. These webinars covering a wide range of topics and are delivered by leaders in their respective fields. Each webinar is held from 1-2 PM Eastern time with a presentation followed by a Q&A Session.

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Upcoming Webinar:

Benchmarking, Storytelling, and Mitigating: How Spiber, a Cutting-Edge Biotechnology Company, Applies LCA

spiber manufacturing process

DATE: September 21, 2023

TIME: 1-2pm ET

PRESENTER: Sunita Darbe, Vice President of Sustainability, Spiber America


Spiber Inc developed and manufactures Brewed ProteinTM fibers through fermentation (brewing) of plant-based ingredients. This new class of fiber is created using Spiber's proprietary technology platform that enables customized design and molecular engineering of nature-inspired protein polymers. Spiber started its first ISO 14044 compliant cradle-to-gate comparative life cycle assessment in 2021, in advance of the opening of its first commercial production facility. The primary goals were to understand, communicate, and improve the environmental benefits of the product in the first target market of luxury textile fibers. Since then, Spiber has also implemented on-going internal life cycle assessment as a key pillar of its internal environmental footprint monitoring and mitigation planning, from identifying climate transition opportunities to determining the materiality of environmental hotspots. In the webinar, we will introduce Spiber Inc and Brewed Protein fiber, walk through the initial comparative LCA study, and share how our LCA has provided value in external communications and our vision for addressing the hotspots we have identified. 


Sunita Darbe

Sunita Darbe received a SB from MIT and a Ph.D from Caltech in Materials Science where her research focused on renewable energy technologies. After Caltech, she moved to Japan to work as a material scientist at Spiber Inc. Now, Sunita leads Spiber’s Environmental Footprint Management section. Sunita led the team responsible for Spiber’s first LCA report. She is also responsible for coordinating across the Spiber Group to develop and implement the company’s environmental impact mitigation strategy—including its climate transition plan. She and her team focus on quantifying and reducing the environmental impact of Spiber’s protein fiber production process while also supporting external communication about environmental benefits to communicate the value of Brewed Protein™ material.


Past Brown Bag Webinars:

You can access recordings of prior webinars on the EarthShift Global Official YouTube channel and via the links provided below.

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Teja Chatty

Sustainable by Design

July 2023

Kiyotada Hayashi PhD
Kiyotada Hayashi PhD

LCA In Reality from Data to Decisions by Kiyotada Hayashi PhD

June 2023

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Oberland Science, In.

An Industrial Ecosystem at Work

May 2023

SDG Goals

Measuring the Social What, How, Who, and Why

April 2023

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PART 2 Understanding Biogenic Carbon: The Science and Application of Biogenic Carbon in Life Cycle Assessment

March 2023 - Part 2

biogenic carbon illustration

PART 1 Understanding Biogenic Carbon: The Science and Application of Biogenic Carbon in Life Cycle Assessment

February 2023 - Part 1

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Impacts of Plastic Litter in LCA: Developments & New Findings

January 2023

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LCA for Emerging Technologies

December 2022

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Circular Design in Electronics Industry

September 2022

Dr. Claire Nelson

Advancing SMART Futures for Global Sustainability

August 2022

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Five Misperceptions Surrounding the Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastic

July 2022

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CELAVI Framework: Current & Future Capabilities & Applications

June 2022

Anders Bjorn

Using Planetary Boundaries with LCA for Absolute Sustainability Assessment and Target-setting

April 2022

Dan Mackey GMP

Sustainability Focused Innovation

March 2022

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Why Do I Need A Critical Review

February 2022

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LCA Study of the Substitution Policy in Colombia

January 2022

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Paths to Carbon Neutrality Panel Discussion featuring: Navitas Semiconductor, Interface, HP Inc.

September 2021

Tim Skone, DOE

Sustainable Water Mgmt for Decarbonizing Fossil Power Gen by Tim Skone, DOE

July 2021

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Wknight94 talk, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Anticipatory LCA Approach to Improve Climate from Emerging Carbon Capture and Utilization Technologies: NREL

June 2021

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HP Taking LCA One Step Further by Tom Etheridge

May 2021

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Balancing Creativity & Data, Making Sustainability Easier: TrueNorth Collective

April 2021

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Packaging LCA in the Automotive Industry: Cummins

February 2021

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Gaining Traction with your Sustainability Initiative: WholeWorks

January 2021

Brown Bag Webinars
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Tackling the Plastic Pollution Crisis: WWF

November 2020

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Circularity for Packaging - Past, Present and Future: PTIS

October 2020

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Reconciling Values and Facts in Comparative LCA by Valentina Prado

August 2020

Eastman Chemical

Apportionment Lowering Energy Investments: Eastman Energy

July 2020

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LCA of an Innovative Shelf Life Extension Technology: Apeel Sciences

May 2020

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LCA In the Sub-National Context: Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

April 2020

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Ice Core Tales of Climate Change from Opposite Ends of Earth: UNH EOS

March 2020


Earth Stories & Why They Matter

February 2020

Carl Duivenvoorden

Communicating Sustainability Using Storytelling

November 2019

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Lifecycle of Building Materials & Other Embodied Carbon: Thornton Tomasetti

October 2019

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Environmental Impacts of Alluvial Gold Mining, Peruvian Amazon: PELCAN

September 2019

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The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings: stok

May 2019

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LCA and Biomimicry: Arizona State University

April 2019

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CO2 Sequestration by Methane Eating Bacteria: Stanford University

March 2019

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Anticipatory LCA Explorative Comparative Design with Lise Laurin

February 2019

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Anticipatory LCA 101 with Valentina Prado

January 2019

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Eliminating the Idea of Waste with TerraCycle

November 2018

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Can We Reverse Climate Change: Interface

October 2018

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Goals & Tools to Drive Sustainability: Dow

September 2018

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Sustainability Services: Waste Management

June 2018