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Practical Life Cycle Assessment – Interactive Online Training, or Recorded Modules

Two Educational Format Options:  Two Interactive Online Training Courses or Recorded Training Modules: So You Can Learn Life Cycle Assessment When It Fits into Your Schedule.

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to demystify common LCA concepts and principles and teach participants how to use LCA in a practical manner within their organizations. The application of LCA towards an organization's sustainability goals is most successful when LCA knowledge is shared across the members of your team: from product designers and engineers to marketing reps and senior managers.

The course will provide a simplified LCA learning experience that introduces participants to the concept of life cycle thinking, the ISO standardized methodology for conducting LCA, and some practical experience building simple LCA models in EarthSmart, a user-friendly LCA software program. Upon completion of this course, participants will be comfortable applying LCA in a practical project settings such as product design decisions, will be able to scope out LCA projects and develop practical LCA models for products and processes, and will have a better understanding of how LCA can be used effectively to achieve their organization's sustainability goals.

Our life cycle assessment training helps attendees understand life cycle thinking and build simple models to make effective product design decisions.Topics

  • Life Cycle Thinking
  • Why LCA?
  • Goal & Scope
    • Functional Unit
    • Boundary Conditions
  • Life Cycle Inventory
  • Intro to EarthSmart
  • Impact assessment
    • Data Aggregation
    • ES Method
    • Classification
  • Hands on experience in EarthSmart
  • PCRs & EPDs
    • Mannington Carpet EPD example
    • Printer EPD example in EarthSmart
  • Interpretation
    • Screening vs. Full LCA
    • Limitations in LCA
  • What’s coming?
  • Staying informed 

Prerequisites:  None
Medium:  Online – 2 Interactive Courses; or 10 Pre-recorded Modules to learn at your own pace
Duration:  Online Training – Two hours of class time, each of the two days (Total of 4 hours)
Recorded Web Modules – each one is 10-15 minutes long with exercises in between
Interactive Online Training – $1250 per person; plus one hour of 1-on-1 consulting time (full price attendees only).
Recorded Web Modules – $200
Discount:  Students receive a 50% discount on all EarthShift Global classes (provided minimum attendance requirements are met).

“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

Upcoming Classes — Interactive Online Training

May 4 - 5, 2021                     11:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT (15:00-17:00 UTC)                 Online — RingCentral
All classes are subject to minimum attendance requirements.

  • Contact us for the next scheduled dates or to schedule a private workshop

Location for Each Online Training Course

The class will meet online using You will 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. If applicable and needed, a temporary license will be provided for the software that we use on the training day and a Free 30-day trial will also be available after the class.

For Recorded Training Modules

Follow this link to learn more and request Access to the Practical LCA Training Package includes:

  • Ten 10-15 minute training modules for you to work through at your own pace
  • Take-away exercises to help you put your new skills into practice
  • 3-month subscription to EarthSmart LCA software
  • Questions answered by email from an EarthShift Sustainability Consultant 

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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.

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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