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Pre-Conference Events

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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Please register for the Pre-Conference Workshops on the ACLCA Store


See workshop descriptions below.

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

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

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

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

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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September 23 – 3 PM- 5:00  PM – El Conquistador, Tucson, Arizona

Instructors: Gregor Wernet, Dimitra Ioannidou

The ecoinvent association invites users of the ecoinvent database to a meeting about the database’s recent and upcoming developments. During the meeting, participants will be introduced to the current ecoinvent data landscape, including the recently released ecoinvent version 3.6, among other things. The meeting intends to serve as a platform for direct interaction and dialogue welcoming everyone interested in the ecoinvent database.

Register Here