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Maker Workshop – 4Space
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
In this workshop, participants will work in teams to build simple electronic products made from desktop manufacturing tools. During the workshop we’ll discuss the significance of desktop manufacturing to business models, the design process, user experience, and sustainability. No previous experience necessary. Limited space available. 3 hour workshop.
Materials fee makes up $50 of the $55 workshop fee.
Energy Water Nexus: Consideration of Water Impacts for Carbon Management Technologies
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
This workshop will explore the relationships between carbon and water management. How does managing carbon negatively impact our ability to provide water in appropriate quantity and quality for our needs and how does managing water negatively impact carbon management? There are positive aspects in the relationship as well and the workshop hopes to highlight these but to specifically focus on situations and approaches when carbon and water management have competing goals. Topics to be discussed include the increased water demands of carbon sequestration and the production of renewable fuels as well as the increased water demands of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas. To put this information in context, the workshop also hopes to compare water usage for renewable fuels and unconventional oil and gas with that of more traditional sources of energy. This workshop summarize results from the October 2012 exploration of the topic (see http://www.aiche.org/ifs/conferences/carbon-management-effect-on-water-stress/2013) and will develop a path forward for further research and collaboration among professional societies, universities, and industry.
LCA Advances in Impact Assessment
Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and improvement assessment LCA formulate separate questions that require distinct interpretation approaches. Improvement assessment LCA focuses on the magnitude of impacts for hotspot identification, while the purpose of a comparative LCA is to make salient the most significant trade-offs. Comparative LCAs are decision driven analyses that evaluate multiple products or technologies with the goal of selecting the path of least environmental burden. While comparative LCAs are key in determining the environmental implications of new products and technologies as compared to current ones, results are difficult to interpret at characterization. Often, comparative LCA results present conflicting tradeoffs among alternatives and count with diverse perspectives from decision makers. In fact, results at characterization require of analytical guideposts to avoid systematic biases and data overload. However, current standards for interpretation are open and unstructured. This leaves LCA practitioners with unsatisfactory approaches of normalization and weighting, or to apply ad hoc heuristics provided by popular software packages. For instance, practices that are currently codified in the ISO standards can systematically hide the impacts that require the most attention in a comparative assessment– regardless of data completion. In addition, current approaches to weighing trade-offs currently rely on point estimates that ignore uncertainty in human values and provide an overly narrow view of complex environmental problems.
To advance LCA interpretation practice of comparative LCAs, this workshop introduces a novel approach predicated on stochastic multi-attribute analysis (SMAA) called SMAA-LCA that uses internal normalization by means of outranking and exploration of feasible weight spaces. The new approach reduces data requirements, facilitates sensitivity, scenario, and multiple stakeholder analysis and focuses analytic attention on environmental trade-offs such that the developmental pathways of least environmental burden can be identified. This novel approach of interpretation can be applied to all comparative LCAs at characterization without the use of normalization references or single point weight estimates. This approach represents a major innovation in LCA interpretation practice because it directly studies relevant differences as opposed to performances with respect to an external baseline.
Please bring your laptops in order to test the SMAA-LCA software tool!
PiscesTheGame – 4Space
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Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Brainstorming! – 4Space
Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Brainstorming! In this workshop, participants will learn about and practice tools for brainstorming and assessing ideas inspired by the program at Stanford University’s d.school.
Peer Review Workshop
Date: Monday, May 19, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Teaching LCA – 4Space
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)
An interactive session for LCA educators, experienced practitioners, students, and anyone else curious about best practices on what works in teaching LCA and what tools are coming on the horizon. This session will include an overview of free resources available for learning and doing LCA, software demonstrations, hands-on Excel modeling, Q&A with LCA textbook authors, and your success stories from the field.