Cost: $1,195 per person (includes 2 lunches, 1 dinner on the first evening)
Dinner will be provided at the end of today’s agenda.
If you haven’t already done so, please book your lodging at the East Lansing Marriott Hotel at University Place for the special rate of $145 per night. If you haven’t already done so, please Register for the class: Sustainability in Package Design (PDF).
Two weeks prior to May 4, you’ll receive an email from the MSU School of Packaging Outreach Coordinator, Cimberly Weir, that will contain the final program details as well as recommendations for what to bring, etc.
Be sure to add her email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your address book so Cimberly's email won’t appear in your junk email folder.
Since its founding in 1957, the Michigan State University School of Packaging (SoP) has been a leader in teaching, research and outreach focused on packaging containers and materials, and their functionality and improvement.
“The MSU SoP is one of the strongest and largest packaging engineering groups in the country,” noted Lise Laurin, founder and CEO of EarthShift Global. Laurin is a distinguished developer of sustainability strategies and practices, chair of General Electric’s Ecoassessment Advisory Board, and participant in numerous international sustainability organizations, including the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Advisory Groups for LCA and Ecolabeling.
“Because they’re universally regarded as a key player, we were very excited to collaborate with Professor Auras two years ago on development of our PackageSmart Packaging LCA software,” said Laurin. “Having the chance to jointly offer this class on Sustainability in Packaging Design is a very exciting follow-on, and we can confidently promise that attendees will come away with many new ways to assess their current packaging and solid insights into how to make improvements.”
"EarthShift Global and the SoP have collaborated for over a decade to educate students and packaging professionals in LCA and environmental footprint assessment of packaging systems, and we are both strong proponents of using scientific methods to evaluate, design and create sustainable systems,” said SoP Associate Professor Rafael Auras. “Our School consulted on the early development of EarthShift Global’s streamlined LCA tool PackageSmart, and we use it in our undergraduate and graduate courses, as one of the main tools for evaluating environmental footprint."
Together, EarthShift Global and the MSU SoP offer an ideal combination of theory and practice in sustainability and package design. The world-class SoP facilities and the unmatched quality of instructors in this course make it an ideal opportunity for new designers, and veterans who are eager to broaden their skill set in sustainability.
Lise is a pioneer in Sustainability Return on Investment (S-ROI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). She founded EarthShift in 2000, adopting these methodologies to support North American industries’ early efforts at sustainability. Lise continues to develop and leverage EarthShift Global’s training, optimized LCA tools and S-ROI tools to build organizational capacity and drive large-scale change. Her unique skillset and knowledge base has put her in demand globally by companies, organizations and governments alike. She holds a BS in Physics from Yale University. She continues to develop S-ROI, having broadened the scope from the original Total Cost Assessment methodology to include benefits and impacts to society, and in particular how a decision can be adapted to be a win-win-win solution for all stakeholders. Under Lise’s guidance, the technical team at EarthShift Global produces high-quality, high-value assessments for a range of clients. She also directs EarthShift Global’s software development and support and teaches advanced training courses in LCA, social impact assessment and S-ROI.
Learn about Lise’s advisory roles with the Sustainability Conocente Network, ACLCA, GE, AIChE Institute for Sustainability, Dow, and more.
Dr. Auras is an associate professor in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI, USA. He holds a BSChE from the National University of Misiones, Argentina, a MS in Materials Science and Technology from the National University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Ph.D. in Packaging Science from the School of Packaging, MSU. He teaches courses in materials science, polymers, shelf life, instrumental analysis, life cycle assessment, and packaging and the environment. His research areas include sustainable packaging systems, life cycle assessment, carbon-neutral packaging, packaging waste scenarios, biodegradation and compostability. Other areas of interest in his research are biodegradable polymers, mass and heat transfer phenomenon in polymers, and food product/package compatibility and interaction. Specialties: Dr. Auras has authored and coauthored more than hundred publications, including peer review articles and chapter books. He reviews project proposal from federal agency such as NSF, USDA, and other organizations and manuscript from international peer review journal publications. He is an active member in the polymer, packaging, and food science fields.