Advanced LCA Methods & Tools
This course is intended for students who have taken (or are enrolled in) Industrial Ecology and wish to expand their life cycle assessment (LCA) skill set. The course covers advanced LCA methods and key software tools used to conduct LCA studies including SimaPro and GaBi. Examples of the skills that will be covered include advanced impact assessment methods, consequential vs. attributional LCA, allocation rules, and transportation fuel and vehicle technology modeling using the new GREET.net program. The course will also cover tools for generating and characterizing results such as uncertainty analysis using RiskSim Monte Carlo simulation software and sensitivity/scenario analyses using Excel What-If Analysis tools. At the end of the semester a final project will allow students to demonstrate these advanced LCA methods/tools.