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Evaluating Social and Economic Pillars of Sustainability

Upcoming Classes

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Methods for Evaluating the Social and Economic Pillars of Sustainability–Interactive Training Class


Online Course Objectives

This online interactive course will introduce students to methodologies used to assess societal and economic impacts from a sustainability point of view.

Various methodologies will be presented including: Social Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Sustainability LCA, Life Cycle Costing, Ecosystem services valuation, Full Cost Accounting, Total Cost Accounting, Multicriteria Decision Analysis and Sustainability Return on Investment. As a group, we will explore the various methodologies, their strengths and weaknesses and learn how each is best used. Additionally we will expose the gaps in analysis techniques and show you how those gaps might be filled. At the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of the different methodologies and how to apply them accordingly.


  • Social LCA
  • Life Cycle Costing
  • Full cost accounting/valuing ecosystem services
  • Social/Sustainability ROI
  • Working session – Gap analysis

Prerequisites:  Practical LIfe Cycle Assessment (LCA) (online or on-site) or a working knowledge of LCA
Medium:   Online Interactive Training, 1 Session
Duration:  3 hours — plus one hour of 1-on-1 consulting time (full price attendees only)

Cost:  $750 per person, plus one hour of 1-on-1 consulting time (full price attendees only)
Discount: Students receive a 50% discount on all EarthShift Global classes (provided minimum attendance requirements are met).


Upcoming Classes - Interactive Online Training Courses

March 17, 2021           1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT (17:00-20:00 UTC)            Online — RingCentral
November 2, 2021    1:00 to 4:00 pm EDT (18:00-21:00 UTC)
All classes are subject to minimum attendance requirements.


Location Online

The class will meet online at You will be provided with an invitation and password prior to the class. You will also receive a PDF of the presentation slides which you can use for note taking during the class. These often prove to be a great help when conducting your future LCA’s. 

The best setup for taking the class is to have one computer/monitor to view the slides and one computer/monitor set up with EarthSmart to follow along and gain hands-on experience. You will receive a one-month license to EarthSmart before the class.


“I’m very pleased with my decision to use Earth Smart in my Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) course. The students are undergraduate students with a background in environment and business. Although Earth Smart seemed complicated at first, once they got into the program and entered the components for their project, built the life cycle and analyzed it, it was like magic to them- they were awed by what they could do with it and they found it fairly easy to use. They also really enjoyed seeing the results of a simple LCA for products they had chosen and were very pleased to have learned how to use new software. I highly recommend Earth Smart for introductory LCA courses-it is fairly intuitive to use.”
— Goretty Dias, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

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Private Training/Consulting Services

Private Training/Consulting Services are Available — please contact us for a quote (price depending on location and number of attendees) and to set up a time.

Call:   +1 (207) 608-6228 or email:   [email protected]


EarthShift Global:  a Leader in Sustainability Consulting,
Training, LCA and Sustainability Software.

Upcoming Sustainability Assessment and Planning Boot Camp Programs:

Register for 1, 2, or all 3 days and benefit from a cost savings.

Sustainability Courses for FALL 2021 Program:

Day 1 - Advanced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Day 2 - Social Impact Assessment, S-ROI Facilitation
Day 3 - Integrating Sustainability into the Organization