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Life Cycle Working Group


Life Cycle Working Group

An information and resource hub for faculty, students, and business leaders interested in integrating life cycle thinking/analysis into industry, education, and research.

Members: 13
Latest Activity: Jul 13, 2011

Group Leader - Erin Moore

Department: Architecture
Title: Assistant Professor
Address: University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Phone: (541) 346-1439

INVITATION: Lecture and Networking Event

Life Cycle Assessment for Product Design: Building Products and Materials
Tuesday, April 24th
5:30-8:00 pm
White Stag Block Event Room, 70 NW Couch St., Portland
Green Product Design Network members are invited to hear about current issues in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) for building products and materials from Philip White, Industrial Design, Arizona State University. Introductions, food and conversation to follow.
Guests are invited to submit a slide to introduce their product, company, research topic, or research need following the lecture. This is a chance for companies with an interest in performing an LCA or using LCA to evaluate products or supply chain to connect to folks with complementary needs or resources to offer. Our hope is that all attendees will gain some new knowledge about LCA in design, manufacturing, and marketing and will make connections with others in the LCA and building products communities.
This event is hosted by the University of Oregon Green Product Design Network with support from Oregon BEST and PDX Design Forum.
RSVP:            Theresa Sterkel, UO Product Design

                      Please submit a slide (.ppt) by email by April 20th
Questions:   Erin Moore, UO Architecture,
                     Kiersten Muenchinger, UO Product Design,

Hosts:           University of Oregon Green Product Design Network 
                      Oregon BEST
                      PDX Design Forum
Guest:  Philip White is an ecological design strategist who develops ecologically intelligent products and systems. He chairs the Ecodesign Section of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) where he established a partnership between IDSA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He organized the development of the Okala Ecological Design Curriculum that is used by more than 40 schools of product design in North America. Dr. White advises on impact assessment methodology to the Sustainable Products Purchasers Coalition, is an active member of the LifeCycle Initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme, and holds 14 patents.

LCA Public Presentations - Your are Invited to Join Us


You are invited to join us for the following public presentations offered as part of Prof. Erin Moore's graduate seminar "Introduction to Lifecycle Assessment for Design" in the UO Architecture Department:


Monday, April 4th, 5:30 pm, Lawrence 206, UO Campus Eugene, Oregon

Speaker: Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Topic: Residential Buildings: An Evaluation of Waste Prevention Practices Using Lifecycle Analysis

Monday, April 11th, 12:00pm Lawrence 206, UO Campus, Eugene, Oregon
Speaker: Laurel McEwan, Earthshift (telecast)
Topic: Education and certification in the practice of life cycle assessment or LCA management.

Wednesday, April 20th, 5:30pm, Lawrence 279, UO Campus, Eugene, Oregon
Speaker: Steve Baer
, Five Winds International/PE Americas

Topic: LCA in US green building certification.

Monday, April 25th, 5:30pm Lawrence 206, UO Campus, Eugene, Oregon
Speaker: Sean Penrith
, Executive Director, Earth Advantage

Topic: Measuring carbon in the building industry

If you have questions, please contact, Erin Moore, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Phone: 541-346-1439

Life Cycle Assessment/Thinking Mixer
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
University of Oregon Campus
For more information

LCA Mixer Contact Sheet (PDF)

Important Conferences
Nov. 2-4, 2010, Portland, Oregon
LCA X: Bridging Science, Policy, and the Public

Useful Links
Earthshift Newsletter about UO Architecture LCA curriculum

UW’s Carbon Leadership Forum
Kate Simonen founded this Lifecycle Assessment academic/industry group and is a great interinstitutional connection.

Discussion Forum

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Comment Wall


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Comment by Erin Moore on July 13, 2011 at 1:34pm
The agenda for the LCA XI meeting in Chicago is the fall is now posted. Hope to see some of you there! LCA XI
Comment by Kelly McKeag on February 14, 2011 at 11:37am

This is a good article describing the current efforts of the Eco Index tool ... the standardization of performance metrics and the creation of a common language within the industry to help businesses make wiser decisions and influence their supply chain.  Today, the tool is inward facing but there seems to be increasing conversation and progression towards a consumer label like Energy Star.  

Comment by Thomas Price on January 21, 2011 at 11:41pm
I am doing the final work on a talk called "Green by Design" that will be given at GreenLaneSBN's next networking meeting. I am looking for examples and collaborative effort partners that would like to offer thoughts or input. It is a talk about the meaning of Green and Sustainability and how to build or design that into your business' Products and Practices. Co-Speakers are also welcome.

GreenLane, Board member
If you want to learn about what it means to be sustainable business in the 21st Century and want your business to become Greener tomorrow than it was the day before join us.
Comment by Cameron Myers on January 21, 2011 at 9:17pm
Here is an interesting video on how some animals can be used as guides for creating sustainable products.
Comment by eva peterson on December 17, 2010 at 10:18am

I was reading through this "Design for Reuse" document by Public Architecture and thought it might also interest a number of you all. There are some interesting case studies included. The document was too large to attach, but here is the link:

Comment by Julie Haack on December 15, 2010 at 2:57pm

I wanted to draw your attention to an interesting article published in Environmental Science & Technology this fall entitled Sustainability Metrics: Life Cycle Assessment and Green Design in Polymers.  In addition to providing a robust comparison of seven petroleum and four plant-based polymers, the study also discusses the role of green chemistry in the design of polymers.

Journal Reference: Michaelangelo D. Tabone, James J. Cregg, Eric J. Beckman, Amy E. Landis. Sustainability Metrics: Life Cycle Assessment and Green Design in Polymers. Environmental Science & Technology, 2010; : 100924123806089 DOI: 10.1021/es101640n

(from Science Daily, October 25, 2010)
Plant-Based Plastics Not Necessarily Greener Than Oil-Based Relatives, Researchers Find
ScienceDaily (Oct. 25, 2010) — An analysis of plant and petroleum-derived plastics by University of Pittsburgh researchers suggests that biopolymers are not necessarily better for the environment than their petroleum-based relatives, according to a report in Environmental Science & Technology. The Pitt team found that while biopolymers are the more eco-friendly material, traditional plastics can be less environmentally taxing to produce. (to read more...

Comment by Rick Dunaven on November 16, 2010 at 8:47pm
Thanks for putting the mixer together. I'm impressed with the interdepartmental involvement and cooperation displayed by this network.

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