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May 2017 Sustainability Newsletter


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Understanding the Life Cycle Impact Assessment Process:

Part I – Overview and Fate

We kick off a three-part look at Life Cycle Impact Assessment, one of the key steps in Life Cycle Assessment, with a look at Fate: how do we account for the characteristics of emissions, and their environmental concentrations post-release?   Read more...


Join us at our insightful Sustainability Brown Bag Webinars during lunch time at 1 PM EST.Free Webinar May 16, 2017 — Tuesday, 1:00 P.M. EST "Understanding and Modifying Ecoinvent System Models with Ocelot"

Image of Ocelot logoThe Ocelot project is a free and open source software library that documents the system models used in ecoinvent version 3. In this seminar...    Read More

Presenter:  Chris MutelChris 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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CILCA 2017, the Seventh International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America

June 12-15, 2017

Medellín, Colombia is the venue for this next awaited biennial conference on Life Cycle Assessment in Latin America.  CILCA is considered one of the most significant and important events in terms of Life Cycle Analysis for the whole Iberoamerican region, continuing its work since 2003 with more attendees each year.

The main theme of CILCA 2017 is “Life Cycle contribution to sustainability goals”.  Researchers around the world are invited to share the results of their work in LCA as contributing to these goals.  EarthShift Global will send Caroline Taylor and Holly Harris who will present their paper written together with their colleague Harnoor Dhalwali, "Social and Environmental LCA and S-ROI (Sustainable Return on Investment) of a Government Grant for Food Crops in Guatemala".

Abstract:  The greenhouse mesh developed by Vista Volcanes keeps out the many pests that plague Guatemalan farmers.

As our society becomes more aware of the need for sustainable development there is an increased interest in understanding social impacts of products and business decisions. Traditionally, life cycle assessment has excluded this aspect of sustainability because social impacts have been difficult to measure. However, with the development of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-SETAC 2009) social life cycle assessment (S-LCA) guidelines and availability of improved databases, conducting an S-LCA is becoming less daunting. 

This study considers the environmental, social and economic impacts of growing tomatoes in Guatemala using a greenhouse mesh. The greenhouse mesh is developed by Vista Volcanes, an awardee of the US Department of State grant for innovative solutions in Latin America. The mesh greenhouse keeps out the many pests that plague Guatemalan growers. As a result, fewer pesticides and fertilizers are required, yields are dramatically higher. This project has had an assessment of the return on investment (S-ROI) including economic, societal and environmental benefits. The results of this assessment indicate that in addition to substantially higher incomes for growers and significant environmental improvements, crime reduction and improved food security are societal benefits outside of the direct impacts of the grant. 

In addition to the LCA and S-LCA, this work explores the relationship between S-LCA and S-ROI, specifically, how S- LCA can inform the S-ROI work. Methodological issues in S-LCA, such as defining an appropriate functional unit are also examined. 

Medellín has previously been honored with awards that show its commitment to sustainable development and thus received the title of Sustainable World of the Planet by the World Wildlife Foundation -WWF in 2014, in addition to being cataloged as the most innovative City of the World by Citi Group, Urban Land Institute and the Wall Street Journal in 2013.

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Papers We are Presenting at ISSST

  • A Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of HP’s MultiJet Fusion Additive (3D Printing) Manufacturing with Injection Molding

    Authors: Dr. Tom Etheridge (HP Inc.), Lise Laurin (EarthShift Global), Nathan Ayer (EarthShift Global)

  • Assessing the Sustainability of 3D Printing of Plastics

    Authors: Lise Laurin (EarthShift Global), Dr. Tom Etheridge (HP Inc.), Nathan Ayer (EarthShift Global)

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Technology Options for Printing on Flexible Packaging: Indigo 20000 Digital Press vs. Conventional Flexographic and Rotogravure Printers

    Authors: Nathan Ayer (EarthShift Global), Dr. Tom Etheridge (HP Inc.), Lise Laurin (EarthShift Global)

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