Intro to Life Cycle Assessment with a Focus on Sustainability Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Introduction, Course Overview

This introduction to Life Cycle Assessment will focus on sustainability assessment and planning.

From greenhouse gas accounting to environmental and social risk assessment, there are now numerous ways to assess the sustainability of a product, service or organization. In this course, you will be introduced to the most common of these methods and how they can be applied. You will learn the philosophy behind the methods as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each one. In-class discussion time will fill in gaps and provide a hands-on learning experience with relevance to your specific needs and challenges. At the end of the course you will have the tools to identify the best techniques for a specific situation.


Beginner sustainability professionals or beginner LCA professionals as well as experienced environmental management professionals who want concrete tools to identify best practices and solutions

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to provide those new to sustainability theory and sustainability assessment basic knowledge about the tools used to evaluate the sustainability of a product, process, service, organization or investment. The course is geared for new sustainability professionals and experienced environmental management professionals wanting concrete tools to identify best practices and solutions. 

Methods Discussed

  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting (GHG Accounting)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Full cost accounting/ecosystem service valuation
  • Social LCA (SLCA)
  • Social Risk Assessment
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Sustainability Return on Investment (S-ROI)

Prerequisites: None
Duration: 6 hours


All 3-Days:  $1,400  
Can't attend all week?
  Purchase the day(s) that work best with your schedule.

Per Day Option:  $500

“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 Training


April 2018 - New Dates Coming      9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT             Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Classes are subject to minimum attendance requirements.



This class is conducted at our Training Center in Portsmouth, NH. Lunch is provided. Attendees and students are required to bring a laptop, a wireless connection will be provided. A free, temporary license will be given for our software that we will use such as, EarthSmart, or PackageSmart – our LCA software or 3Pillars, our S-ROI software.

Before the class you will receive a copy of the presentation slides, which you can print out and use for note taking during the class. These often prove to be a great help when conducting future analyses.


Space is limited, so please reserve yours now – Call (207) 608-6228, or click below to Register.

Download Training Registration Form (PDF)

We look forward to an exciting, productive, and effective week of work, and to providing our participants with new skills that will serve them for many years to come. Check out the Bootcamp testimonials from March 2016:

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"I really enjoyed the Sustainability Integration workshop. Matt Mayberry's perspectives resonated with and reinforced my experiences in GE, while providing a more structured approach to thinking through initiatives and preparing leadership communications. The pacing was just right, allowing plenty of interaction and discussion, and time to absorb the concepts and practice applying them. I think this workshop would be of interest to anyone tasked with developing and implementing sustainability projects or initiatives."
— William Flanagan, GE
"The ESG Boot Camp is engaging, relevant, and timely. It provides an essential introduction to sustainability assessment that every manager needs to know. S-ROI is exactly the kind of decision-making tool that 21st century companies need to stay competitive in today’s uncertain business environment."
— Matt Mayberry, Whole Works


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