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LCA Workshop 2022

Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment

August 9th-11th, 2022

The Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience (CESR) is hosting a workshop on Life Cycle Assessments from August 9th through 11th, 2022. The event is intended for graduate students in engineering and the sciences.   The event’s objective is to provide participants with the foundation needed to apply life cycle assessment as part of their graduate work.

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Northwestern University Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience 

Life Cycle Assessment Workshop 

 

Professor Jennifer B. Dunn

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

Co-Director, Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience

August 9-11, 2022 

Evanston Illinois 

 

Description: This workshop will provide an overview of the fundamentals and applications of life cycle assessment.  LCAs assess the total environmental impact of a material or process over the course of its existence, including the impacts of raw material extraction, processing, transportation, use, and end-of-life, including recycling.  Subjects can then be directly assessed against each other for overall environmental impact, as well as relevant tradeoffs in assessment categories of particular interest.

 

Cost: $115

 

Target audience:  Graduate students (PhD, MS) in engineering and the sciences who envision applying LCA as part of their graduate research. 

 

Objective: Participants will have the foundation needed to apply LCA as part of their graduate work. 

 

Applications will be accepted at this link  through July 13th, 2022.  Space is limited.  The application is open to all current graduate students with an interest in the LCA process, and will require your CV and a short statement on how attendance will impact your future work.  Accepted applicants will be contacted directly with a link to register for the course in mid July.

 


 

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 Preliminary Agenda

 

Day 1: August 9, 2022 

Time 

Topic 

9:00 AM 

Life cycle assessment and sustainable systems 

10:00 AM 

LCA foundations: Four phases, functional units, and system boundary 

12:00 PM 

Lunch 

1:00 PM 

Life Cycle Inventory Analysis: Mass and Energy Flows 

3:00 PM 

Two foundational systems: Electricity and Natural Gas 

 

Day 2: August 10, 2022 

Time 

Topic 

9:00 AM 

Generating LCA results 

10:00 AM 

LCA foundations: Functional unit and system boundary 

11:00 AM 

Multifunctionality  

12:00 PM 

Lunch 

1:00 PM 

Multifunctionality continued 

2:00 PM 

Life Cycle Impact Assessment 

3:00 PM 

Life Cycle Interpretation 

 

 Day 3: August 11, 2022 

 

Time 

Topic 

9:00 AM 

Review, Q&A 

10:00 AM 

Interpretation 

11:00 AM 

LCA tools and data sources, models 

12:00 PM 

Lunch 

1:00 PM 

LCA tools, data sources, models continued 

2:00 PM 

LCA is a family of models: environmental input-output, consequential, and social LCA overview 

3:00 PM 

Conclusion 

 


 

Questions?

 

Please reach out to engineeringsustainability@northwestern.edu for assistance

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