Free Brown Bag Sustainability Webinars, Hosted by EarthShift Global

Enjoy Your Lunch Break With Us, Our Brown Bag Webinars are Back!

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.

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Fall 2016 Brown Bag Webinars

November 17, 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, here's the Agenda:
  • What is S-ROI?
    Lise Laurin, CEO of EarthShift Globaland author of a forthcoming book on S-ROI 
  • An S-ROI Case Study
    Stéphane Larocque, Chief Operating Office of  Impact Infrastructure, and a 20-year veteran of triple-bottom-line analysis
  • Why Pratt & Whitney Adopted S-ROI Analysis
    W. Terry Robinson, PE, LEP, Sustainable Factory Program Manager for Pratt & Whitney’s Global EH&S Department
  • S-ROI as a Tool For Solving Our Most Complex Challenges
    Lidia Berger, MEM, ENV SP, LEED Fellow, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, National Sustainability Director at Dewberry

Spend an hour with us on November 17, and learn how you can:

  • Get Better Visibility into Social AND Environmental Impacts of New Projects

  • Uncover Hidden Risks with a Sophisticated New Financially Oriented Sustainability Analysis Framework

  • Build Bonds with Stakeholders Who Will Profoundly Impact the Future of Your Business

Sign up today – 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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Other Webinars in this Series:

And be sure to mark your calendar for December 15 at 1 pm Eastern, when Stéphane Larocque will demonstrate Impact Infrastructure’s new Autocase S-ROI software for sustainable buildings and green infrastructure, and January 12 at 1 pm Eastern, when Lise Laurin will show EarthShift Global’s groundbreaking 3Pillars S-ROI package – the only general-purpose S-ROI tool on the market.


Previous Brown Bag Webinars

October 20 (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:

  • a novel pilot technology to dye synthetic textiles using supercritical carbon dioxide as a solvent instead of water.
  • a lab scale bioleaching technology applied for selective recovery of metals to electronic waste.


September 20, 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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Many thanks for attending our insightful Spring sustainability presentations. . .

Spring 2016 Brown Bag Webinars


Brown Bag Webinar

April 19, 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.

  • Financial Pressures: Reduce operating costs, increase profit
  • Market Pressures: Customer demand for data, competitive edge
  • Social Pressures: The right thing to do

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.



Brown Bag Webinar

May 11, 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.



Brown Bag Webinar

June 2, 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.



About Our 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.