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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

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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

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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, 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.

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