Free Brown Bag Sustainability Webinars, Hosted by EarthShift Global

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Our renowned Brown Bag Webinars provide a 40-minute presentation on a variety of industry related topics followed by a 20-minute Questions and Answers Session.

If you’re an LCA practitioner (technical), student, researcher, or a sustainability director, sustainability consultant, or a packaging and product designer, please bookmark this page and look for our emails to alert you on new webinar topics.


Upcoming Brown Bag Webinars:

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May 16, 2017 — Understanding and Modifying Ecoinvent System Models with Ocelot


2017 Brown Bag Webinars

Ocelet logoMay 16, 2017  — Tuesday at 1:00 P.M. EST

Understanding and Modifying Ecoinvent System Models with Ocelot

System models describe the choices made to produce inventory databases, such as linking exchanges in space and time, allocation or system expansion, and attributional or consequential market mixes.

Though we know that these choices are quite important for our results, implementation of most system models is a black box. The Ocelot project is a free and open source software library that documents the system models used in ecoinvent 3. In this seminar, I will introduce Ocelot, show how it documents system models in software rules, and then briefly describe how these rules can be changed to create your own system modelling choices.

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Presenter:Chris Mutel is a scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institut, and a core member of the Ocelot team. His research focuses on LCA methodology.
Chris Mutel
Technology Assessment Group, LEA
Paul Scherrer Institut
5232 Villigen PSI
Telefon: +41 56 310 5787

Biography:  Chris Mutel is a scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institut and a core member of the Ocelot team. His research focuses on LCA methodology.


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April 18, 2017  — TuesdayOverview of the impact categories that are covered in the ReCiPe2016 method and their relation to the areas of protection.
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ReCiPe 2016: a Harmonized Life Cycle Impact Assessment Method at Midpoint and Endpoint Level

Life cycle impact assessment is a fast evolving field of research. ReCiPe is a state-of-the-art Life Cycle Impact Assessment method used to convert life cycle inventories to a limited number of impacts, such as, global warming, human toxicity, acidification and eutrophication (Figure 1). ReCiPe was first introduced in 2008 and has since had a number of important updates. ReCiPe 2016 provides a state-of-the-art method to convert life cycle inventories to a limited number of life cycle impact scores on midpoint and endpoint level. This webinar provides an overview of the key elements of the ReCiPe 2016 method.

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Presenter: Mark Huijbregts is professor of Integrated Environmental Assessment at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and one of the developers of the ReCiPe method.
Mark Huijbregts
Department of Environmental Science
Institute for Water and Wetland Research Radboud University Nijmegen
Tel. ++31 24 3652835

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  Radboud University; Tuesday, Friday: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Biography:  Mark Huijbregts is professor of Integrated Environmental Assessment at the Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and one of the developers of the ReCiPe method.

Your Employees Need Something Unexpected: Purpose

If your business is like most, 75% of your employees underperform -- even if you pay well, provide good benefits and manage superbly. What’s missing? Research finds they lack a sense of meaning. Fortunately, there is a solution: Expanding the social impact of their everyday work, or “job purposing.” Learn how the HP sales team helps small businesses be environmentally sustainable as part of the sales transaction, FedEx drivers restore the environment as they deliver packages and other innovative managers offer their teams to opportunity to serve societal causes as an integrated part of their workday. Leave with innovative actionable ideas to infuse work with fresh energy and make a positive social impact.

Presenter: Bea Boccalandro, President of VeraWorks

Bea Boccalandro, President of VeraWorks, helps people mess with their jobs for good increasing the social impact so work is fulfilling.

Biography: Bea helps people mess with their jobs for good. She increases the social impact of jobs and, therefore, makes work more enjoyable and fulfilling. "Job purposing," as this practice is called, has been shown to heighten employee engagement, performance and wellbeing — while alleviating hunger environmental degradation or other societal issues. Bea has helped Aetna, Allstate, Bank of America, Caesars Entertainment, Disney, FedEx, HP, IBM, Levi's, PwC, Toyota and many other companies develop ways to incorporate societal good into their day-to-day business and measure its societal and business impact. 

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Global Guidance for Life Cycle Impact Assessment IndicatorsFebruary 14, 2017 — Tuesday
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UNEP/SETAC Global Guidance for LCIA Indicators – Uncertainty and Beyond

Most LCIA results lack any quantitative uncertainty information. Reporting uncertainties along with characterization results facilitates a proper interpretation as basis for sound decisions and helps pinpointing uncertainty hot-spots, which defines the research agenda for further improving LCIA methods and tools across impact categories.

Within the UNEP/SETAC LCIA global guidance project, we aim at providing harmonization and practical guidance for selected LCIA impact categories, but also for cross-cutting issues including uncertainty. In this webinar, an overview of ongoing activities in the uncertainty task force will be presented along with a brief introduction into the UNEP/SETAC LCIA global guidance project aims and outcomes for the LCA community.

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Presenter:  Peter Fantke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor | USEtox® Manager, Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA)
Technical University of Denmark (DTU-MAN)
Bygningstorvet 116B/106A, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, DK
+45 4525 4452 | |

Biography:Peter Fantke is Associate Professor at the Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Managing Director of USEtox, the UNEP/SETAC scientific consensus model for characterizing human toxicity and ecotoxicity.  Peter Fantke is Associate Professor at the Division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Managing Director of USEtox, the UNEP/SETAC scientific consensus model for characterizing human toxicity and ecotoxicity. He is active as task force chair in the UNEP/SETAC Global LCIA Guidance project and leads international efforts on uncertainty assessment, pesticide emission quantification, chemical alternatives assessment and LCIA method development.



January 12, 2017 — Thursday at 1 PM, EST
Learn About 3Pillars, the Only General-purpose S-ROI Tool on the Market

Lise Laurin will demonstrate EarthShift Global’s groundbreaking 3Pillars S-ROI package.

And, enjoy a 30-day Free Trial, follow the link to Sign Up.

With 3Pillars, you can utilize a continually updated database of social and environmental costs and factor in uncertainties, such as the cost of energy in future years.

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2016 Brown Bag Webinars

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December 15, 2016 — Thursday at 1 PM, EST
Autocase: The Triple Bottom Line Business Case Software

Stéphane Larocque will demonstrate Impact Infrastructure’s new Autocase S-ROI software. Autocase provides an automated calculation of the value of sustainable projects by identifying their net financial, social, and environmental impacts measured in dollars. Autocase determines the costs and benefits of building and infrastructure project design alternatives using state-of-the-art economic techniques. Build upon your Sustainable Return on Investment (S-ROI) knowledge by seeing how it can be calculated on projects with an easy to use cloud-based software product.

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November 17, 2016 — Thursday at 1 PM, EST
What is S-ROI? What is the Business Case for it?

Sustainable Return on Investment (S-ROI) is one of today’s hottest concepts in the sustainability world – an enabler for better decision-making and risk avoidance on large-scale projects like siting of major plants or civil infrastructure, and smaller decisions as well. Join us for the first of our FREE S-ROI Roundtables at 1pm Eastern Time on November 17, and you’ll hear from the CEOs of two of the world’s most advanced SROI practitioner companies, and get firsthand reports on how S-ROI has helped aerospace giant Pratt & Whitney and professional services leader Dewberry improve their projects’ chances for success.

Join this roundtable discussion,  We promise that you’ll come away with new knowledge and perspectives that can make a big difference for you and your organization’s top-level management.


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October 20, 2016 (Rescheduled from Oct 11) at 1 PM, EST
Early Application of LCA to Lab Research to Enhance Technological Development

The tandem application of ex ante life cycle assessment and an exploratory scenario on an emerging technology is useful. Though challenging, it creates opportunities for gaining new insights on its potential development. A tension between rigour and relevance is implicit in the approach. Nonetheless, even with reduced rigour, the approach displays potential hot-spots of a product system, in spite of the conjecture and uncertainties. It also broadens the research scope early on bringing a systems approach, long term view, environmental aspects, and alternative perspectives on the novel technology to the research domain. The foresight of the practitioner(s) is increased at a timely moment so the approach is of great service as a developmental design tool. Though imprecise with much conjecture involved, the whole exercise can be considered a valid mock-up of a plausible future providing useful provisional insights to be built upon.

This webinar will show how the approach brings a systematic rigour and discipline to an ambiguous situation with scanty data, referencing a case study done on a promising biotechnology to recover metals from e-waste.

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Presenter:  Marco Villares, Architect and Industrial Ecologist, Delft, Netherlands
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Marco Vollares
After a career in architecture, Marco did a joint Industrial Ecology MSc at Leiden University and TU Delft and specialized in LCA. He is most interested in combining an integrative exploratory design perspective with a rigorous scientific approach in a multidisciplinary context to derive new knowledge.

Exploring the application of LCA at the early stage of development of emerging technologies as an integrated design tool has been his focus in the assessment of the environmental impacts of:



September 20, 2016 — Tuesday at 1 PM, EST
Energy Reductions, Cost Avoidance and Net Zero Accomplishments through Occupant Engagement

Listen to Jeffrey Goetz of Fluor, as he outlines how corporations can engage the occupants of your facility to reduce energy consumption and promote landfill avoidance that will headline your next Corporate Sustainability Report.  Learn how to use state incentives/rebates, along with the utility company programs to offset the up front costs of energy efficiency projects and make expenses into a revenue stream.  These programs are the foundation of a Zero Waste and Net Zero program that gain corporate carbon offsets, reduce operating costs and boost shareholder trust.

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Presenter:  Jeff Goetz, PE, CEM, LEED AP and Director of Operations, Sustainability & Energy Management at Fluor Corporation
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June 2, 2016 — Thursday at 1 PM, EST
Evaluating Complex Decisions using GIS

Many decisions require consideration of geographic data, and always do so when the objective is the selection of a location. Some common examples are siting manufacturing facilities and warehouses, routing shipments of goods, selecting source locations for process raw materials, or establishing waste management facility locations.

Multiple criteria decision analysis, or “MCDA,” is an effective means to address complex decisions that often have multiple stakeholders with conflicting valuation of economic, environmental and social factors. There is a growing field representing the intersection of geographic information systems (GIS) and MCDA disciplines.

This webinar will provide an overview on GIS-based MCDA and will examine a case study in evaluating waste transfer station site decisions.

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Presenter: John Cirucci, Geospatial Scientist and Process Technologist at Spatial Analytics, focused on Sustainability, Data Visualization, Geospatial Analysis
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John Cirucci is a process technologist and geospatial scientist, consulting in the field of geospatial analysis, decision support and data visualization. He is retired from Air Products where he most recently served as manager of corporate exploratory technology. John is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He holds a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Penn State and Lehigh University, respectively, and a Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State.



May 11, 2016 — Wednesday at 1 PM, EST
How Sound Can Help Monitor Our Environment

In 2011, soundscape ecology emerged as a new scientific field that uses soundscapes to measure and monitor changes in our ecosystem. This field relies on interdisciplinary research to benefit conservation and sustainability programs using non-invasive recording methods. Kristen will talk about how to see the unheard part of sound by demonstrating an analysis of a soundscape recording. The resulting visual representations are quite beautiful. Her primary work is developing new metrics by investigation of patterns that may support future practices in design and development in this evolving field.

The Wilderness Act of 1964 expedited a paradigm shift in how we value and appreciate nature. Viewing beautiful scenery is how many people enjoy and participate in the natural world but, our planet’s acoustic heritage is a remarkable treasure that has yet to attain the equality of visual primacy. Soundscapes are sounds that connect us to a place — in nature, in our backyards, and in urban areas.

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Presenter: Kristen Bellisario, Research Assistant at Purdue University, Center for Global Soundscapes
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Like a marriage of music and math, Kristen Bellisario's work is a refreshing and transformative approach to understanding ecological changes through computational analysis of the natural acoustic environment.
— John Cirucci, Spatial Analytics


 Kristen is a classically-trained musician with specialized training in new music pedagogy and analysis. Environmental sounds impact how she connects with the world and creates music, so the study of soundscapes and its relationship to diverse ecosystems is a natural fit for her doctoral work. Working with our diverse ecosystem recordings, she uses computational musicology approaches to quantify environmental changes. In addition, her background includes multimedia development and so, assists in our scientific communication efforts and design of educational interactive devices.

Kristen is shown here in the field. Outside the lab, she spends time with her children and family — hiking and experiencing the beautiful American landscapes — and playing her flute.



April 19, 2016 — Tuesday at 1 PM, EST
How Technology Democratized Sustainable Business Practices

Several new pressures are driving small and mid-sized businesses to track their environmental footprint.

Until now, most sustainability reporting platforms designed to help track, reduce and disclose environmental impact data have been financially out of reach. John Rooks, Co-founder of Rapport, is on a mission to democratize sustainability for millions of small and mid-sized business.

Join John as he discusses the challenges and opportunities for tracking your company’s environmental impact, provide insights into the state of managing environmental data, and demonstrate the Rapport platform. With his down-to-earth sense of humor, John easily blends theory and practice into fun, digestible nuggets of information.

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Presenter: John Rooks, CEO of RAPPORT
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John Rooks is the co-founder of Rapport, a SaaS company transforming the way companies report on and improve their sustainability performance. He is also the founder and President of The SOAP Group. Mr. Rooks has worked with Fortune 500 Companies, Federal Agencies, Start-Ups and International NGOs helping them understand sustainability imperatives, modern culture and to architect communication strategies. He focuses on Brand Strategy, Cultural Trends of Sustainability, and Language. John is also the author of, More Than Promote - a guide to authentic marketing, and a frequent speaker and guest writer on sustainability, marketing, language and culture.


About Our Brown Bag Sustainability Webinars

The Brown Bag Webinar series began with Lise Laurin, when she was the founder of EarthShift, "I conceived the brown bag webinar series at a conference when I heard a number of practical and inspirational talks that I wished all EarthShift employees could hear. When I thought about it again, I knew these talks would also be beneficial for many of our clients and associates. By having the webinars around lunch time, we can offer everyone the chance to participate and learn something new and useful while eating lunch," says Laurin.