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Pre-Conference Workshops

September 23, 2019, El Conquistador, Tucson, Arizona

Pre-Conference Workshops are 1.5 or 3 hours long.   They are scheduled starting at 9 AM and go through 4:30 PM.

Full-time students can attend any Pre-Conference workshop for 50% off the price.   Please email for the student code.

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See workshop descriptions below.

Developing an online collaborative Advanced LCA course for graduate students

Instructor: Amy E. Landis

Let’s co-develop and co-teach an advanced LCA course together! This workshop is for LCA instructors who would like to collaboratively develop an advanced LCA class for graduate students. Many of us teach formal LCA classes that cover the basics, and we often teach advanced LCA topics outside of the classroom. By collaborating, we could cover more in-depth and advanced topics and simultaneously minimize our individual course preparation time by sharing the workload for course development. Bring whatever topic you’re interested in developing or teaching to the workshop. Advanced LCA topics that we will discuss integrating into our course may include: LCA visualization, integrating GIS into LCA, machine learning and big data to generate LCIs, using bench-scale data for LCAs, disaggregation of EIO-LCA, Monte Carlo Analysis for quantifying uncertainty & variability, methods for anticipatory LCA of emerging and nascent technologies, developing new LCIA categories, and using R for custom LCA models.

Outcomes from this workshop include: connecting a community of advanced LCA educators, curating an online resource for advanced LCA, developing an advanced LCA syllabus, and determining the logistics of online collaborative education. Bring your laptop and your advanced LCA course materials!

9 AM - 10:30 AM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

Preparing and Publishing Data with the USLCI

Instructor: Rebe Feraldi

The National Renewable Energy Lab, in partnership with the USDA National Agricultural Library, has developed a comprehensive LCI data documentation and publication handbook and implemented a streamlined, transparent, user-focused publication workflow. The handbook outlines how to prepare your data for publication on the USLCI, including: metadata descriptors, nomenclature, categorization, and the representation of flows and processes. There are detailed descriptions on how to use openLCA to prepare your data, and how NREL will support the publication of your work. The USLCI data handbook and publication tools are fully aligned and compliant with the emerging Federal LCA Commons data guidelines.

This course will provide an in-depth introduction to the USLCI data handbook, how it is to be used, and the value it provides to the USLCI data submitters and the end-users of USLCI data.  The course will also walk through the publication workflow from a local file to a published dataset on using openLCA and the LCA Collaboration Server (repository and version control software developed through a cooperative agreement between USDA and GreenDelta).  At the end of the course, the user will have a clear understanding of the what, why, and how of LCI data publication on the USLCI, and gain deeper insight into the Federal LCA Commons.

9 AM - 10:30 AM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

Life Cycle Assessment for Circular Economy:
A Case Study with Hard Drives and Rare Earth Elements

Instructor: Hongyue Jin

Life cycle assessment (LCA) for circular economy involves multiple products in different life cycle stages. To reduce the uncertainties related to allocation, the system boundary should include both the first and extended life cycles to clearly show the impacts of reuse and recycling. This course will use a case study on value recovery from hard disk drives to show an LCA application for circular economy. Both initial and the second lives of hard drive, its components (i.e., rare earth magnets), and materials (e.g., rare earth elements and precious metals) are included in the system boundary, and the impacts of different allocation methods and system boundaries will be discussed. As the results vary significantly depending on these assumptions, LCA practitioners and policymakers should be careful in interpreting the LCA results.

9 AM - 10:30 AM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

LCA 101

Instructor: Christoph Koffler

Introduction to the basic concepts and methods of Life Cycle Assessment from Goal & Scope to Life Cycle Inventory Analysis, Life Cycle Impact Assessment, and Interpretation as standardized in ISO 14044. This course is geared toward students and professionals who want to get a solid foundation for further study.

9 AM-Noon ( 3 Hours 4 CEUs) $400

Anticipatory LCA from Concept to Application

Valentina Prado (Earthshift Global)
Lise Laurin (CEO EarthShift Global)
Thomas Seager (Associate Professor, Arizona State University)
Thomas Etheridge (LCA program manager at HP Inc)

To use LCA more proactively in the design process, researchers have developed several techniques, falling under an Anticipatory LCA, approach, which enables the application of LCA early in the research and development phases where uncertainty, but also the potential for improvement is at the highest point. Anticipatory LCA can be applied as a design tool, to explore the environmental variability of alternative technology configurations and applications. However, also early in the design phases, data is uncertain and fast-changing in a way that limits a full traditional LCA. This workshop goes over the basic concept of Anticipatory LCA covering industry case studies. There will also be common case studies where participants can exercise anticipatory LCA techniques.

9 AM-Noon ( 3 Hours 4 CEUs) $400

Creating web-based LCA tools using GaBi Envision

Instructor: Maggie Wildnauer

This course will discuss how to build and share LCA models over the web with non-LCA experts using the GaBi Envision software and GaBi i-report (interactive reporting) functionality. We’ll show you how any GaBi LCA model can be made interactive using parameters and the i-report features.  We’ll then demonstrate how you can share these models with your colleagues, customers, or other non-GaBi users.  We’ll include our advice on which parts of your model such users should access, and which parts you will likely want to restrict.

We will cover the basics of how i-reports are created in GaBi before they are shared via GaBi Envision, play around with example tools for packaging, electronics, and chemicals, and discuss your specific applications. This class is ideal for both GaBi users who want to implement i-report features and non-GaBi users who are interested in web-based LCA tools.

GaBi Envision is web-based software that provides access to detailed LCA results without simultaneously opening up the ability of the user to edit the underlying model.  This enables both non-experts to utilize results, and experts to use each-other’s tools without exposing confidential portions.  We will share several examples of how this tool has been applied and discuss your ideas for additional uses.

11 AM - 12:30 PM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

An Introduction to LCA dynamic consequential LCA of infrastructures

Instructor: Hessam Azarijafari

Conducting an LCA of infrastructures in a large scale, such as, when considering its policy-related implications or requirements, is distinguished from small scale assessment. In the large-scale assessment, it is important to assess the changes induced through the demand of other products with the same function and/or the induced production volume of the co-producing processes. Consequential LCA (CLCA) is employed to capture the direct and indirect environmental consequences of alternative selection in different sectors. Previous CLCA studies have only captured the long-term affected technologies in distinct phases of the product life cycle. Hence, the results tend to neglect the short-term impacts and the impacts of short-run product systems. In fact, the lack of dynamic accounting in CLCA prevents policy-makers from gaining a more informed and comprehensive analysis of emission flows over time. Furthermore, given the long use phase of infrastructures, the vast number of interdependent parameters constantly change as a function of time. A dynamic structure is essential to link these parameters to dynamic characterization factors. Moreover, apart from being complex and requiring the prediction of technological improvements, applying the emission factors and fuel consumption or efficiency improvements can help enhance the accuracy of the decision-making process involved in the selection of alternatives. In this workshop, in the first section, an introduction of CLCA will be presented and will be followed by the opportunities for dynamic inclusion in the CLCA studies. In the second part, the assessment of uncertainty and variability sources will be presented to show to what extent the dynamic CLCA results can vary. This workshop will help scholars, LCA consultants, and industries think in a comprehensive way about the approach chosen for their assessments in large scales.

1 PM -2:30 PM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

Scenario-based LCA: What is it and how to do it?

Instructor: Sangwon Suh

Businesses are exposed to various changes in technological, regulatory, financial, and environmental landscapes.  Such changes may, in turn, affect the environmental profile of a product or an organization measured by LCA.  To account for the potential effects of such changes to life cycle environmental impacts, it is important to envision how they may evolve and affect the system modeled under an LCA.

In this course, we will introduce scenario-based LCA with a particular focus on climate-related scenario planning. We will discuss the approaches to evaluating a range of potential climate change impacts on your system. We will also discuss how to conduct a scenario-based LCA and how it can be applied to climate-related scenario planning.

1 PM -2:30 PM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

Standards for Green Buildings and Sustainable Materials

Instructor: Yuan Yao

In this course, we will introduce the online educational modules “Green Buildings and Sustainable Materials”.

1 PM -2:30 PM (1.5 Hours 2 CEUs) $200

End-Of-Life Modeling in LCA

Instructor: Chris Koffler

The course will give an overview of the most common End-of-Life allocation approaches in LCA, discuss their pros and cons, and demonstrate their implementation in an LCA model from a conceptual as well as practical perspective.

1 PM - 4 PM ( 3 Hours 4 CEUs) $400

Social LCA and Human Rights Due Diligence

Instructors: Monique Bennema  and Catherine Benoit Norris

Human Rights Due Diligence has been identified as the essential first step in social responsibility. Social Life Cycle Assessment provides a systemic and systematic approach that allows us to consider the social impacts of the entire supply chain and life cycle. In this session, learn how to apply Social Life Cycle Assessment (S-LCA) in the context of a social responsibility program and understand how it relates to other sustainability processes and certifications.

Participants will gain practical knowledge of Social LCA and Human Rights Due Diligence. They will be equipped with know-how, tools, and solutions to help to identify, assess and manage human rights impacts of operations, supply chains and other business relationships. They will learn how to model products or corporate supply chain, identify human rights hotspots, salient risks and calculate a social footprint.

1 PM - 4 PM ( 3 Hours 4 CEUs) $400

Student Workshop – No Charge

September 23 – 10AM-1PM – El Conquistador, Tucson, Arizona

This complimentary 3-hour short course is specifically designed for undergraduates (or post-graduates new to LCA), to provide an introduction to life-cycle assessment (LCA). In this course, you will learn the basics of the LCA method and its application to real-life situations.

LCA provides a holistic quantitative technique to evaluate the environmental impacts of products, systems, and technologies. It provides a valuable tool for environmental analysis and decision making. This course will provide an introduction to LCA methods, techniques, results, and applications. On completion of this course you will have an understanding of life cycle thinking and why it is important in environmental decision making; explain the basics of the LCA method and interpret its results, and discuss the advantages and limitations of LCA in practice. The course will cover an introduction to life-cycle thinking, methods of LCA, results in interpretation, applications, and hands-on case studies.

LCACP and CLE Exam

September 23 – 1 PM- 4:30 PM – El Conquistador, Tucson, Arizona

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