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Gain an understanding of the scope, challenges, and possibilities in applying life cycle assessment to decision-making processes.

This is an introductory course on life cycle assessment. Participants will learn the steps involved and gain an understanding of the scope, challenges and possibilities in applying life cycle assessment to decision-making processes. Participants will also be introduced to the emerging application of LCAs to support Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) based on Product Category Rules (PCRs).

This is a great introductory class for sustainability practitioners wondering if LCA would be a good field to get into; who may need to hire a firm to do a detailed LCA and need to know enough about the process to manage the project; need to understand LCA to produce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), especially those interested in having their products eligible for LEED credit points in the building and construction industry; or who need an introduction to LCA before taking the 'deep dive' into the certification training. We will not cover LCA software tools such as SimaPro, GaBi or OpenLCA in detail, however, they will be introduced regarding functionality.

Comments from past participants:

"Although I still have absolutely no expertise in the discipline, the course has already allowed me to have some intelligent conversations with colleagues and external partners."

"Tom did a great job of presenting very complex and challenging subject matter in a way that made it accessible and interesting."

"It was a powerful introduction to LCA."


Thomas P. Gloria, Ph.D. is Program Director, Sustainability at Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education and Managing Director of Industrial Ecology Consultants. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in sustainability management consulting and information technology engineering design. His work encompasses graduate level sustainability curriculum development, product innovation; environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and management (LCM); corporate sustainability strategy; enterprise and product level greenhouse gas emissions tracking; and energy efficiency feasibility analysis.


Course Delivery Method Online: 4 live webinar sessions plus coursework at the ISSP Learning Center, 12 hours commitment to the course. Webinar Schedule Dates Fridays (May 5, 12, 19, and 26) at 10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET.  Time Zone Converter  Dates and location: May 5-26, Online. 


Life Cycle Assessment (PocketArchitecture) 1st Edition by Kate Simonen


  Audit Credit
ISSP Member $30 $200
ISSP Partner* $60 $260
Non-Member $180 $325

How course status works: Participants who choose to audit will have full access to live webinars, discussion forums, and all online course materials.  Participants who choose to audit do not have to complete homework assignments or quizzes (although there will still be readings), do not receive grades or feedback on assignments, and do not recieve a final grade.

Participants seeking credit have to complete - and pass - all homework assignments and quizzes.  Successful completion of these requirements will earn a passing grade and an individualized Certificate of Completion, along with a credit which can be applied towards completion of the ISSP Educational Certificate Program.

*Registrants who are not ISSP members but hold current memberships in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE); Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Communities; the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN); or the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) may register using the ISSP Partner rate. You must use your institutional email address when registering in order to receive the discount.

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May 5, 2017 9:00 AM   through   May 26, 2017 11:00 AM
Credit/Audit 2016
Credit $ 325.00
Audit $ 180.00
Credit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 260.00
Audit - AASHE/STAR/USDN $ 60.00
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