Life Cycle Assessment for Civil Systems
Life Cycle Assessment is a core course in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering as well as the School of Sustainability. The course covers cradle-to-grave systems thinking, analysis of energy systems (fuel combustion, electricity generation, and energy delivery), air quality and atmospheric chemistry, supply chain analysis, infrastructure interdependency analysis, ecological and human impact assessment, and economic valuation. I emphasize the importance of structuring analyses around attributional (i.e., technology- or process-focused) versus consequential (i.e., policy- or decision-focused) framings so that students appreciate how their results can be most effectively communicated to various stakeholders. I have offered this course annually since 2012. The Spring 2017 syllabus is available via Dropbox.