Earthster: An Open Source for Life Cycle Assessment
Smaller organizations and even many Fortune 500 companies lack the time, money and market drivers to conduct a traditional Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Without a measurement tool such as LCA, companies that are asked to improve their environmental performance are lost. They may spend extensive resources on an initiative that produces little return while ignoring easier targets. Earthster aims to give life cycle evaluation and publishing power to all companies by helping them obtain a quantitative and visual understanding of the life cycle sustainability impacts of the products they buy and sell; share the results of such an assessment with others using the Web and make use of data shared by actors in their supply chain to obtain a more accurate assessment and to establish a dynamic sustainability reporting and assessment system. This presentation will describe the Earthster tool and project and explain how companies can get involved.
Presenter: Greg Norris
Greg Norris founded and directs Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute which consults on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies, industrial associations, and smaller companies, and the non-profit sector. He is Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he helps the ASC advance the availability of valid and transparent life cycle inventory data, and its application to spur innovation for sustainability. Norris has lead the development of the methods, modeling, and software to implement LCA within the US Green Building Council's LEED rating system. Norris founded Earthster and New Earth, a global fund for community-driven sustainable development. Norris teaches LCA at Harvard, and is Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA and the Journal of Industrial Ecology and a GreenBlue Senior Fellow.
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