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August 2017 Sustainability News and Views Newsletter

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Free Webinar Sept. 14, 2017  — Thursday at 1:00 P.M. EST

Overcoming Barriers to Uncertainty in LCAJeremy Gregory is a research scientist in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Executive Director of Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT.

Presented by Jeremy Gregory of MIT

There are three main barriers to incorporating uncertainty into LCA:

        1.  there is limited guidance on how to conduct an uncertainty analysis,

        2.  characterizing uncertainty is difficult,

        3.  people have a hard time processing outcomes of uncertainty analyses.

Jeremy will describe each of these barriers and strategies to overcome them, including an approach to conduct streamlined comparative uncertainty analyses that includes structured under-specification and probabilistic triage.

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Special American Center for Life Cycle Assesssment conferenceSessions and Oral Presentations by Our Team at LCA XVII — Connect With Us from October 3-5, 2017

Follow this link for abstracts on these sessions and presentations. Date and time information will be Coming Soon.

Special Sessions

A Roadmap for Increasing Adoption of Uncertainty in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 

Presenter:  Jeremy Gregory, Research Scientist from MIT
Moderator:  Lise Laurin
Authors:  Jeremy Gregory, MIT; Lise Laurin, EarthShift Global; Julie Chen, Carnegie Mellon; Andreas Ciroth, GreenDelta; Randolph Kirchain, MIT; Brandon Kuczenski, UC Santa Barbara; Christopher Mutel, Paul Scherrer Institute; Pascal Lesage, CIRAIG; Gregory Norris, Harvard Universitylogo for the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment

LCA Insights for Additive Manufacturing

Presenters and Co-authors: GE, HP and Jeremy Faludi from Dartmouth College will present the LCA of 3D printing. Lise Laurin will facilitate a social risk assessment and present the HP Sustainable-ROI (S-ROI) results.

Oral Presentations

Assessing Present And Future Impacts Of Providing International Development Support To Central American Smallholder Growers 

Presenter:  Caroline Taylor, Director of Research and Development at ESG will present some of the latest State Department Sustainable-ROI (S-ROI) results.Field of solar panels
Authors:  Caroline Taylor, Lise Laurin, Harnoor Dhaliwal

Comparative Greenhouse Gas Assessment of a Solar Installation in Vermont vs. Natural Gas Based Electricity

Presenter:  Jill Crowley  
Author:  Harnoor Dhaliwal, Nathan Ayer, Jillian Crowley and Samuel Boduch 

Life Cycle Assessment of Cigarettes

EarthShift Global’s FDA work will be showcased here.
Presenter:  Troy Hawkins, Senior Analyst for Environmental Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment at Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG)
Authors:  Troy Hawkins and Janet Mosley of Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG), Nathan Ayer, Senior Analyst and Lise Laurin, Founder and CEO, both of EarthShift Global, Hoshing Chang and Mehran Niazi of the Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

LCA Capability Roadmap: Inventory Model Description and Revision

Presented by Brandon Kuczenski, Researcher at University of California 
Co-author:  Lise Laurin and many others

Register for LCA XVII (on ACLCA website)

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Enjoy This Event, 0.3 mile from the Sheraton Hotel

EarthShift Global Community Meeting

October 5th, 5:30-7:30pm

Meet us at Rudi's of Portsmouth — entrances at 20 High Street or 5 Congress Street

Don't Miss this Premier Event to Gain and Share LCA Knowledge as well as benefit from the Best Networking in North America!

We will be there . . . Will you?

Combine Business with Pleasure:  Come to Our Fall Boot Camp, Stay the Weekend to Enjoy Beautiful Downtown Portsmouth NH and Then Attend LCA XVII

This year's conference is being held October 3-5 in Portsmouth, NH, near EarthShift Global's headquarters, and we'd love to welcome anyone with an interest in Sustainable-Return On Investment (S-ROI) as well as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Combine business and pleasure, check out our recent blog on Things To Do in Portsmouth, NH.

sustainability is represented by green bootsFall Boot Camp is Back!

Sustainability Assessment and Planning Boot Camp

providing tools and knowledge that will help you effect substantial change in your organization — and your footprint.

September 26 - 28, 2017

Day 1 - Advanced Life Cycle Assessment
Day 2 - Social Impact Assessment and Sustainable-Return on Investment (S-ROI)
Day 3 - Integrating Sustainability into the Organization

Register for 1, 2, or all 3 days and benefit from a cost savings
($1,400 for 3 days or, $500/day).

Download Registration Form (PDF)

Upcoming Classes

FREE Impact Assessment Course (PDF)


September 12, 2017 -  Methods of Evaluating the Social and Economic Pillars of Sustainability - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)
September 15, 2017 - Impact Assessment - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)
September 19, 2017 —   S-ROI — FREE One-Hour Introductory Session - 1:00 pm EDT (17:00 UTC)
October 24-25, 2017 - Sustainability in Package Design - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT (14:00-17:00 UTC)
November 14, 2017 — S-ROI — Three-Hour Survey Class with Hands-On 3Pillars Section - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)

On Site

September 28, 2017 — 9 AM to 5 PM — Full-Day Master Class:
Social Impact Assessment, Sustainability ROI–Interactive Training

October 17, 2017 — 9 AM to 5 PM — Full-Day Master Class:
Sustainability (S-ROI) Facilitation Workshop

Download our Registration Form in (PDF) today, to attend any of these classes:

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