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13th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship

Tuesday, May 22

2:00 - 3:30 PM ET / 11:00 - 12:30 PM PT

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Lifecycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from-cradle-to-grave, and provides a method to measure the ecological footprint of a particular product or service. The typical LCA is time and resource-intensive, and is often performed confidentially by an individual company or association. Several organizations are seeking to make the process more transparent and accessible by consolidating data, creating generic assessments for "prototype” products, and reducing the time and resources required. On this webinar, three national experts will present their unique approaches to LCA and discuss the relative merits and opportunities. The goal of the webinar is to make LCA more accessible to policy makers and those interested in learning more about how to apply these emerging tools.


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists: Jo Anne Shatkin, Chief Executive Officer, CLF Ventures
Greg Norris, Founder and Director, Sylvatica
Kevin Dooley, Academic Director, The Sustainability Consortium
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Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jo Anne Shatkin, Chief Executive Officer, CLF Ventures

Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D. leads CLF Ventures, a non-profit affiliate of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s most influential environmental advocacy organization. CLF Ventures develops and assists in the implementation of innovative market solutions to pressing environmental problems. Dr. Shatkin is a recognized expert in environmental science and policy, human health risk assessment, emerging contaminants policy and environmental aspects of nanotechnology; she also applies her skills to strategic business risk advising. Jo Anne provides leadership on proactive approaches to sustainable technology development, working to advance life cycle approaches to risk analysis, and incorporate life cycle thinking into product design and development. Using screening tools such as LC Scan, a life cycle scanning tool for product developers, and NANO LCRA – a life cycle risk assessment framework, Jo Anne leads the CLF Ventures team in efforts to minimize impacts of products and technologies.

Since 2005, Jo Anne has provided leadership on the responsible development of nanotechnology, and approaches for decision making under uncertainty. She teaches courses, has published papers, and book chapters on topics of environmental health and safety, and life cycle approaches to risk analysis for nanotechnology. Jo Anne serves as Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), is a founding Board member of the Stewardship Action Council and leads the SAC Collaborative Partnerships initiative. She serves on the board of the Center for Environmental Policy at American University, and was a Switzer Environmental Fellow. Jo Anne received an Individually Designed Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and Policy in 1994 and her MA in Risk Management and Technology Assessment in 1990, both from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts and possesses a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic University in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Greg Norris, Founder and Director, Sylvatica

Greg Norris is Visiting Professor with the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, where he serves as Director of Research for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Norris teaches LCA at Harvard, where he is Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Norris founded New Earth, a non-profit institute developing and deploying technologies that enable people around the world to drive sustainable development "from the bottom up.” Its projects include Earthster (, an open source platform for product-level sustainability assessment; Handprinter (, which helps people take actions at home and at work which more than compensate for their environmental and social "footprints”; and the Social Hot Spots Database (, a transparent data source on supply chain impacts and opportunities for improving human rights, working conditions, community and other social impacts. In 1996 Norris founded 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 an editor for the International Journal of LCA, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management.

Kevin Dooley, Academic Director, The Sustainability Consortium

Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management, and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award winning book, "Organizational Change and Innovation Processes”. He is on several journal editorial boards, including Decision Sciences and Journal of Operations Management. He has been awarded two patents concerning Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics.

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