The LCA+U Program (Life Cycle Assessment + Universities) is back for its third year! Once again ESW is partnering with Sustainable Minds to bring LCA training to our members and challenge student teams to use software to make their campuses better. In previous years, teams have helped shift how food waste was managed, changed the take-out containers for the campus, and quantify savings from hydration stations over bottled water (results to the right).
This year we are shifting the format to make the program accessible to a wider audience. This means that in addition to a campus-based team challenge (see below), ESW is now offering an eight week short course on LCA. The course will meet every two weeks starting on January 14th, and will cover scoping, software usage, interpreting results, and making decisions with LCA results. The course is open to anyone, and registration is free to ESW members, or $25 for non-members (you can sign up today and get the discount). We encourage professional participation - come learn about an important skill from an applied rather than academic perspective, and meet some new people while doing it. Interested individuals - students and professionals - can sign up here.
For college and university students, we encourage you to get a team of 2-6 people together and put in a quick proposal for a system on campus. We'll accept up to 10, and you'll get full access to the software for three months, additional mentoring, and the chance to present your work at the ESW Annual Conference and apply for implementation funding! You don't need to be at an ESW chapter to participate, but you do need to sign up for the course and send us a quick document of what you'd like to study. It's a great spring term project that can help build relationships with campus staff and lead to real changes. Interested teams can find the proposal requirements here.
This course will be the second in our ESW online short course series, following the launch of our Intro to Wicked Problems course this past fall. These short courses are size-limited and include plenty of discussion and individually-focused material. Look for future ESW courses over the next six months - we're contemplating Smart Citites, renewable energy, biomaterials, and more. Let us know what you'd like to learn about, and tell others that might be interested!