Most people in the P2 community have an instinctive understanding of the life cycle thinking, but few of us have had a chance to get formal training in LCA methodologies. For those of you interested in getting this training, you might want to consider the following short course, which is being taught by Mary Ann Curran of US EPA, and Tapas Das of WA Dept of Ecology.
I will also note that my friends in the AIChE Environmental Division have once again put together a great technical program featuring more than 35 environmental topics, including technical sessions on the following P2 topics:
Scott Butner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE) will be presenting a short course on Life Cycle Assessment on Sunday, November 16, in San Francisco, CA. The short course will be offered in conjunction with the AIChE's 2003 Annual Meeting, which runs November 16 - 21. More information about the annual meeting, which features more than 35 environmentally-related technical sessions, can be found at http://www.aiche.org/annual/.
As the name implies, Life cycle assessment (LCA) evaluates the entire life cycle of a product, process, activity, or service, not just simple economics at the time of delivery. It is increasingly being used by industry to anticipate potential environmental management issues related to the production of new materials and products.
Stakeholders under the LCA concept go beyond the immediate customer and extend to society as a whole, which may be concerned about such issues as natural resource depletion or the impact of degradation on the environmental. Responses to this greater awareness include "greener" products and processes. Companies concerned with LCA, consider environmental performance of products and processes to be a key issue. Many companies have found it not only responsible but also advantageous to explore ways of moving beyond compliance using pollution prevention strategies and environmental management systems to improve environmental performance. In many cases, LCA leads to better business practices.
The course will provide students with an understanding of:
The course is oriented towards decision makers and analysts from consulting companies, federal facilities, industry organizations, or academia and anyone with an interest in learning how to better incorporate Life Cycle Assessment and environmental performance indices into their decision-making processes. Cost for the full-day course is $279. Details and registration information can be found via this link: http://www.aiche.org/annual/shorts/lifecycle.htm.
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