Monday, October 12, 2009

The International Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Conference took place in Boston from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2009. You can find more information about the presentations on this link: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/program.html

During the "Design" session, some interesting ideas were presented on how to integrate LCA into the design process: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/sessions/Design.html

Some highlights:

1) A tool called "i-report", that enables any non-LCA practioner (e.g. designers) to easily integrate LCA into their design/decision making process

abstract: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/abstracts/71.html
presentation: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/presentations/71.pdf

2) A methodology that enables designers to find trade-offs between the functionalities of a single-use product component, and its environmental impacts, in order to improve the design

abstract: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/abstracts/103.html
presentation: http://lcacenter.org/LCA9/presentations/103.pdf

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