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October 2017 Sustainability News and Views Newsletter


Lise Laurin receives the 2017 Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award.LCA XVII Highlights from ACLCA Conference

Beyond the Optimism of this year’s ACLCA conference in Portsmouth, NH and the importance of using systems thinking to approach problem-solving, representatives from government were recognized for launching regionalized data collection and initiatives to assist practitioners as well as academics with their studies. Representatives from industry were applauded for making the business-case for LCA and integrating its practice into many stages of the supply chain.

2017 Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award

Additionally, our own Lise Laurin received the 2017 Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award. As part of her acceptance speech, Lise challenged the audience to find positive cascading non-linear solutions to help with some of the world's problems.

Follow this link to read the official ACLCA Press Release covering all LCA Award Winners including the Federal LCA Commons and GE's ECOASSESSMENT Center of Excellence. Congratulations to All!

EarthShift Global was proud to again sponsor the Student Poster Awards.

The winners  were:Shaobin Li with Lise Lauring

  • Thanomboonchai, Kitiluk of Clemson University, for "Solar Energy Policy and Planning in Thailand: A review" (not present)
  • Shaobin Li of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for his "Comparison of Environmental Impacts and Operational Costs: Beef Packing Antimicrobial Intervention Process Options" (pictured with Lise Laurin)
  • Katerina Stylianou of the University of Michigan for "A proposed framework for evaluating environmental impacts of mixed dishes in LCA: A case study on pizza" (not present)

For more on LCA XVII:

Read Jillian's blog post on, Systems Thinking a Hot Topic at LCA XVII


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