The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) Annual LCA Awards honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in advancing LCA and life cycle thinking. The annual awards program is an opportunity to recognize those leaders at all levels, in all areas that have shown powerful support and a clear vision for the implementation and application of LCA.

Award recipients will be announced during the 2020 Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 22 -23, 2020 during the ACLCA 2020 Virtual Conference.

Anyone can nominate qualified individuals and/or organizations for ACLCA's Awards. The submission deadline is July 24, 2020. All nominations must be submitted using this online nomination form.

ACLCA Awards includes the following three categories to recognize organizations and individuals for leadership, career achievements, and best practices that have advanced the field.

Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award (individual award)
Through the Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award (individual award), we seek to identify a leader whose long-term active engagement in our community has had a significant, impact on the field and profession of LCA and life cycle thinking.  A Lifetime Achievement Award winner is a successful leader in an organization, industry, and in our community. Further, the Lifetime Award allows us to recognize a true pillar who will teach future generations by example. This award recognizes contributions over the entirety of a career, rather than, or in addition to, a single contribution.

Rising Star Award (individual award)
The LCA Rising Star award is intended to recognize an emerging leader in LCA and life cycle thinking who reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility. Successful candidates will have not yet reached a senior-level position, but their track-record should reflect a strong potential for continued growth towards the highest levels of the profession.

LCA Leadership Awards  - Corporate, Government, Education, Student (individual or organization)
ACLCA Leadership Awards recognize the role of perceptive and forward-thinking individuals or organizations that have been instrumental in the advancement and application of LCA and life cycle thinking.


2020 ACLCA Awards Committee

Peter Arbuckle, USDA

Sasha Drumm, Kohler

Bill Flanagan, Aspire Sustainability

Connie Hensler, Interface

Carrie Person, 3M


LCA Award recipients for 2019 include:

Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award: Jim Fava, PhD, Executive Director, Anthesis Group, Chair of the Executive Committee – Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI)
Dr. James Fava has spent over 40 years supporting businesses and governments to understand the sustainability risks and opportunities facing them. He provides strategic guidance, tools, and expertise, enabling businesses to operate in a more environmentally responsible and sustainable way.

Currently, as Executive Director at the sustainability consultancy Anthesis Group, Jim continues to drive business value such as increased revenue, risk mitigation, reduced costs, and brand enhancement from operating sustainably with an unrivaled purpose and passion. Jim’s clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies, and he has guided governments and NGOs alike on ways to remain resilient in the face of major sustainability challenges such as climate change.

Dr. Fava has often been described as ‘the father of modern-day life cycle assessments’. He has spent over three decades promoting and developing the practice and application of life cycle information to support decision-making globally.  For example, Jim led or played key roles in SETAC, ISO, UNEP/SETAC Life cycle Initiative, FSLCI, and was co-founder of Five Winds International (now thinkstep), and the Product Sustainability Roundtable (PSRT).

Corporate LCA Leadership Award: Abdelhadi Sahnoune, PhD, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Dr. Abdelhadi Sahnoune is a Product Innovation Manager in Global Technology at ExxonMobil Chemical Company, where he and his team work on the development of new products. Dr. Sahnoune led the Chemical Research Sustainability Team from 2008 to 2016 and set the foundation for life cycle assessment methodology and sustainability within ExxonMobil. In 2010, he founded a Corporation-wide LCA coordination network of practitioners to promote broad use of LCA. Dr. Sahnoune has been active in several workgroups from academia and industry, working on sustainability and life cycle assessments relevant to plastics, transportation fuels, and the petrochemical industry. He also served on the UNEP-SETAC International Life Cycle Board and participated in several SETAC Pellston® workshops to advance LCA data quality and life cycle impact assessment methods. Dr. Sahnoune was also a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 207 on LCA, and an early member of the ACLCA Industry Committee. He continues to advocate for LCA and the incorporation of life cycle thinking in research and product development.

Government Leadership in LCA Award: Timothy J. Skone, P.E., DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory
Mr. Skone is a Senior Environmental Engineer within the Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Systems Engineering and Analysis Directorate. He leads Life Cycle Analysis Research efforts within the Office of Fossil Energy on carbon utilization technologies, methane emissions from the natural gas value chain, alternative transportation fuels, and advanced power generation systems.  He is the primary author on multiple natural gas and coal-related life cycle analyses published by the Department of Energy. He also leads research on energy resource availability, integration of biomass and fossil energy resources, and strategic energy concepts for new programs. Mr. Skone has 21 years of experience in the field of energy analysis and is a graduate of Penn State University.

Education LCA Leadership Award: Nathan Pelletier, PhD, Food Systems PRISM Lab
Nathan Pelletier is an ecological economist and industrial ecologist at the University of British Columbia. An exemplar of interdisciplinary research, he holds professorial appointments in the Faculties of Management and Arts and Sciences (Biology), as well as the Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management and the NSERC/Egg Farmers of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Sustainability.

Pelletier’s Food Systems Priority Research for Integrated Sustainability Management (PRISM) Lab is a hub for cross-cutting research. It is currently home to 9 graduate students and two post-doctoral fellows undertaking life cycle-based evaluation of precision agriculture and other sustainable intensification technologies and management strategies for application along Canadian egg supply chains and in the agri-food sector more broadly. The PRISM Lab is also leading the development of the Canadian Agri-food Life Cycle Data Centre. For more information see

Rising Star Award, Hongyue Jin, PhD, University of Arizona, Systems & Industrial Engineering
Hongyue Jin is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Systems & Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. She has become a leader within the DoE Critical Materials Institute (CMI) in integrating life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic analysis (TEA) throughout CMI projects, both by teaching CMI researchers how to perform LCA/TEA and by collaborating with them in performing in-depth analyses. Hongyue’s work helped five CMI research groups at LLNL, INL, Ames, and ORNL understand how their material, process, and logistics choices affect the commercialization and environmental impacts of the novel technologies they were developing.  Hongyue Jin has also been recognized by her University and her students for her leadership and teaching in LCA as well as her collaboration with industry.

2019 LCA Awardee Press Release

Past Awardees

Rita Schenck Lifetime Individual LCA Leadership Award

2019 Jim Fava, Anthesis Group

2018 Rich Helling, DOW

2017 Lise Laurin, EarthShift Global

2016 Tom Gloria, Industrial Ecology Consultants 

2015 Rita Schenck, IERE

2014 Bill Flanagan, GE Ecoassessment Center of Excellence

Rising Star Award

2019 Hongyue Jin, University of Arizona

2018 Russ Balzer, The Phoenix Group

LCA Leadership Awards - Corporate, Government, Education, Student


Abdelhadi Sahnoune, ExxonMobil - Corporate LCA Leadership Award

Timothy Skone, DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory -  Government Leadership in LCA Award

Nathan Pelletier, Food System PRISM Lab - Education LCA Leadership Award


Kohler Co.  - Corporate LCA Leadership Award

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  -  Government Leadership in LCA Award

Ben Amor, University of Sherbrooke - Education LCA Leadership Award

Shaobin Li, PhD student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Student LCA Leadership Award


GE Ecoassessment Center of Excellence  - Corporate LCA Leadership Award

Federal Commons -  Government LCA Leadership Award


American Chemistry Council - Corporate LCA Leadership Award

Laurie Wright, Solent University - Education LCA Leadership Award


University of British Columbia - Academic LCA Leadership Award

City of Vancouver - Government LCA Leadership Awards

Dow - Corporate LCA Leadership Awards