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LCA XVIII Schedule and Pre-Conference Workshops
Fort Collins, CO

Pre-Conference Workshops at LCA XVIII
Monday, September 24th

  • All of the Workshops count toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • 1.5-hour courses are $200 each (2 CEUs) and 3-hour courses are $400 each (4 CEUs).
  • Students who are full time or half time will receive 50% off courses.
  • A course will only run if enough participants enroll.
  • Refunds will be given if a course does not receive enough participants.*
  • Deadline for registration is September 7, 2018.

To register for the courses please go to the ACLCA store and pay for the course/s.

*LCA XVIII Pre-Conference Workshops will take place if there are 8+ registered.  All registrants will be notified on September 10th if the course is canceled.  Registrants of canceled workshops will have the option to attend another workshop or receive a full refund.

LCA XVIII Conference at the Marriott Fort Collins, CO,
September 25 - 27, 2018.

View LCA XVIII Schedule

To register for LCA XVIII click here.

 

MORNING COURSES

Assessment of Impact Investments

Lise Laurin, Earthshift Global
9 AM-Noon (3-Hour Course)
$400
4 CEU’s

In this workshop, participants will explore how LCA can be applied in ways that support economic investments and integrate seamlessly into a social assessment. We will explore several case studies, showing how the methodology can be applied. We will also explore how risks to the investment were identified and resolved. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity assessing an investment opportunity.

Creating Net Positive Products

James Connelly International Living Future Institute, VP of Products and Strategic Growth
9 AM-Noon (3-Hour Course)
$400
4 CEU’s

The workshop will help attendees understand the business case for manufacturing Living Products, and how it helps consumers make quick and informed decisions about sustainable product selection. While incredibly valuable to manufacturers of building products, this event’s content will be relevant to all manufacturers, architects, designers, building owners and sustainability professionals. The workshop will explore the philosophy behind Living Product Challenge (LPC), the methodology used for documentation requirements, and case studies of the world’s first certified Living Products.

Practices for Raising LCA Literacy Among Non-Practitioners

Monica Higgins, Wellesley College and Sherri Clark, University of Colorado Boulder
9 AM – Noon (3-Hour Course)
$400
4 CEU’s

In this workshop, attendees will be invited to share their experiences and learn from presenters and other participants as we generate our collective best practices for teaching LCA to or sharing LCA results with non-practitioners. During the workshop, we will share our objectives and goals as teachers or mentors, describe the characteristics and background of the non-practitioners that we are teaching or sharing LCA with, and will share teaching strategies.  Workshop attendees can expect to leave with new ideas, approaches, and information that will help them to raise LCA literacy in their company, organization, or classroom.

Working in a Team with Open Source LCA Software: openLCA and the LCA Collaboration Server

Andreas Ciroth and Claudia Di Noi, GreenDelta
9 AM-Noon (3-Hour Course)
$400
4 CEU’s

This workshop will explain the LCA Collaboration Server (see description below), show practical examples and use cases, and perform exercises and use-case-throughs, so that participants will be able to use the LCA Collaboration Server for own project work after the course. A laptop with installed openLCA is recommended.

Collaboration Server: In the past 2 years, the US Department of Agriculture sponsored development of an LCA Collaboration Server, to be used for seamless collaboration in distributed teams for (1) creation of LCA datasets, (2) sharing LCA datasets and all kind of LCA related information, including entire life cycle models, (3) jointly creating LCA models in distributed teams, and finally (4) quality assurance and review process management for LCA datasets. The LCA Collaboration Server so far integrates with openLCA, and is freely available, as installable Web-App and as a Shared Server.

Understanding Life Cycle Impacts and Risks of Chemicals

Sangwon Suh, Bren School, UCSB
9 AM - 10:30 AM
$200  (1.5 -Hour Course)
2 CEU’s

In this workshop, the participants will be introduced to the CLiCC (Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative) tool that allows rapid LCA-based screening and risk analysis. We will introduce the background and methodology used for analyzing life cycle impacts and risks of chemicals. The chemical life cycle impact estimator that uses machine learning techniques and proxy chemical identifier based on chemical structures will be presented. Parametric life cycle inventory (LCI) model will also be presented, which can be used to develop an LCI based on user-defined parameters.

The basics of risk analysis will be also discussed. Then several case studies will be presented. Participants will be given access to the web-based tool and will conduct hands-on exercises. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on potential use cases and future improvements.

An Introduction to Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (IO-LCA) and Hybrid LCAs (1.5 hours)

Summer Broeckx-Smith, Industrial Ecology Research Services (IERS), LLC / VitalMetrics and Sangwon Suh, Bren School, UCSB

10:30 AM -  Noon
$200  (1.5 -Hour Course)
2 CEU’s

In this workshop, the participants will learn the basics of input-output and hybrid LCAs, their data sources, and how they are applied in practice. A number of case studies implemented by the presenters will also be discussed. The workshop will involve both lecture and hands-on exercise. The supply chain often embodies the majority of an organization’s environmental, social, and economic impacts. But collecting data from suppliers and measuring their sustainability impacts is resource intensive and often cost-prohibitive. Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (IO-LCA) and hybrid LCA have been widely practiced to quickly and efficiently gauge the sustainability impacts of an organization’s supply chain using spend ledger data, a readily available resource. It enables organizations to identify and target suppliers and also helps locate areas of potential environmental, economic, or reputational risks embedded in the supply chain. The approach has been successfully applied to state and local governments, cities and municipalities, small to medium-sized enterprises, and multinational corporations.

AFTERNOON COURSES

LCA 101

Maggie Wildnauer, thinkstep
1 PM – 4 PM
$400
4 CEU’s

This workshop is for students and professionals who want or need to get a concise overview of the basic principles and terminology in LCA from beginning to end, explore examples from industry, and would love a chance for open Q&A with a senior LCA professional who has been doing LCA all day, every day for the past 13 years for a multitude of clients and industries.

Making the Most of Your LCA’s Critical Review – A Business Perspective

Terrie Boguski, Harmony Environmental
1 PM – 4 PM
$400
4 CEU’s

You’ve commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment and the LCA practitioner asks, “Do you want a critical review with that?” You quickly find out that it adds a considerable cost to the project. Additionally, like the LCA, itself, there are no guarantees! You could be paying for a critical “critical review”. What do you do? This course is meant to help you make the most of your LCA’s critical review and will cover: Key components of an LCA critical review: Standards and common practices: Managing the review process, while maintaining reviewer independence; Common misunderstandings; Overview of a few published LCA critical reviews; Open discussion – attendee questions, comments and examples

Introduction of OpenLCA Software: An Academic Approach

Roberto Quiros, University of Costa Rica
1 PM – 4 PM
$400
4 CEU’s

This workshop will present the basics of OpenLCA with a practical-academic exercise. In the workshop, the participants will learn how to open and interact with the software, and the main characteristics of it. In the course, some attributes (economic and technical) will be compared with others commercial LCA-software.

Conducting and Documenting Highly-Effective Internet Searches

John Beath, JBE
1 PM – 4 PM
$400
4 CEU’s

This workshop presentation will teach you a better way to locate the technical information you want and document what you have found. This approach to be presented has been test-driven as part of the delivery of several LCA-related projects, as well as for other environmental search needs. One intriguing aspect of this is that the technique will teach you to preserve the means by which information was obtained, so the search can be repeated, and so that over time the search approaches that worked best for various situations can be passed on to others in your organization. To drive home the techniques, the course will include live searches performed in class (perhaps competitively) to actually test drive various techniques.

LCA in Local and State Government: Help Build a Toolkit for Success!

Emily Wilson, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Molly Saylor, City of Fort Collins
1 PM – 4 PM
$400
4 CEU’s

LCA has been used by the federal government for many decades and recently state and local governments have begun applying this type of analysis and thinking. There’s an opportunity for local and state governments, as well as academic researchers and consultants, to turn best practices and lessons learned into a toolkit that can be used by others embarking on LCA projects.

This workshop will share case studies of city and state level LCA work, as well as work with participants to develop a toolkit for city and state governments. The workshop will guide participants through a SWOT analysis of LCA in local and state government to identify what works and what doesn’t.

From there, participants will help map a toolkit that answers basic questions about: applying LCA in local and state government; building internal capacity and buy-in; the value-add to and alignment with other sustainability analysis efforts; and the logistics- how much LCA is needed, who to hire (consultant, university, or staff), and what to expect in terms of time and resources.   After a small-group break out sessions, the resulting work will be shared and suggested edits made. The workshop organizers will serve as editors and compile the final product, which will be made available to conference attendees and through other channels such as the Urban Sustainability Directors Network as a resource.

LCA, Removing Carbon from the Atmosphere and Blockchain: Bringing it all Together

Aldyen Donnelly, Nori LLC
1 PM – 2:30 PM
$200  (1.5 -Hour Course)
2 CEU’s

This workshop will cover key design elements of a new greenhouse gas accounting framework and how it could incite broader market adoption of practical life cycle accounting (LCA) practices. We will show how atmospheric carbon removal might fit into a more efficient climate change regulatory construct—i.e. one that controls global supply chain carbon content, not end-use emissions.  LCA practitioners could potentially map a way forward that can dramatically reduce the cost of verification of carbon removal activity and lower the barrier to entry for more activities which can remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

While our work is focused on carbon removal, the market model being developed could also be adapted to allow for the monetization of a wider range of ecosystem services that food and building product producers can integrate into their supply chain management processes.

Ecosystem Services in Life Cycle Assessment and Design

Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University
1 PM – 2:30 PM
$200  (1.5 -Hour Course)
2 CEU’s

This workshop will cover the following  topics: Introduction to ecosystem services (ES) and classification schemes;  Motivation for including ES in LCA;  Framework for including ES in LCAD and the additional steps needed in Goal and Scope Definition, Inventory Analysis, Impact Assessment, and Improvement Analysis to account for ES; Application of framework for ES-LCA and comparison of results from conventional LCA.; Challenges in ES-LCA such as obtaining data about ES, accounting for spatial variation, quantifying demand and supply of ES.; a Mathematical framework for ES-LCA based on modifying the framework of conventional LCA.

All will be demonstrated with application to the design of systems such as a biodiesel manufacturing site, a single-family residence, and a biofuel supply network. Case studies will focus on fuels and materials from biomass.