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14th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

LifeCycle Analysis - How Seemingly Simple Assumptions Can Influence, Even Pre-Determine, the Outcomes of an Analysis

Thursday, November 1st

2:30 - 4:00 PM ET / 11:30 - 1:00 PM PT

Audio Recording

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Overview: Lifecycle analysis (LCA) is an emerging, powerful tool for making educated decisions based on a full spectrum of environmental impact information. However, the results of an LCA can be largely influenced by the parameters set at the beginning of the analysis. Our speakers will discuss how and why this happens, and how non-experts looking at an LCA can better assess the ways in which the defined boundaries of an LCA analysis have affected, or even pre-determined, the study results. This webinar will explore recent lifecycle assessments conducted on end-of-life management options for pharmaceuticals and aseptic containers, providing two timely examples of how initial LCA parameters have influenced policy recommendations, and what long term ramifications this may have.

Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute


Jon Dettling, Quantis

David Allaway, OR Department of Environmental Quality

John Waffenschmidt, Covanta Energy
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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott CasselScott 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.

Jon Dettling, U.S. Managing Director, Quantis

John Dettling

Jon Dettling is the U.S. Director for Quantis, where he provides a decade of professional experience in leading applications of lifecycle assessment, chemical management, and environmental impact assessment within leading public and private sector groups. Jon has been a member of working groups under the World Resource Institute's Greenhouse Gas Protocol,the Sustainability Consortium's measurement sciences working group,and the Steering Team for the Global CEO Forum's Project on Packaging; a reviewer for the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment; a member of IEEE's green engineering editorial board; and a member of the technical committee of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.

David Allaway, Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

David Allaway

David Allaway is a policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He coordinates Oregon's Waste Prevention Strategy and makes extensive use of lifecycle analysis (LCA) to better understand the environmental impacts of materials and materials management options. He is currently updating Oregon's consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory, an estimate of the globally-distributed emissions associated with satisfying consumption by Oregonians. Other recent LCA work includes participating in LCAs of residential construction, drinking water delivery, and managing leftover latex paint.

John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

John Waffenschmidt

John G. Waffenschmidt is currently Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs at Covanta Energy, with responsibility for the development of community outreach policies and practices, reduction in waste stream toxicity, development of environmental justice policies and practices, and liaison with various academic and NGO organizations. He is currently a member of the Product Stewardship Institute Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and the Regional Plan Association, Long Island chapter. He has been named a BOCES Education Partner, a Bronze Telly Award Winner, and has received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

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