Sunday, February 26, 2012

Life Cycle Assessment Course in Toronto

What do Cascades, the Dalai Lama and Levis have in common? They are all learning about and using life cycle assessment (LCA). If you want to know more about LCA, check out this course. This two day course will take place on March 28th and March 29th at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

LCA has become the major tool of businesses and governments in improving the sustainability of products, processes and services. Businesses like 3M, Alcan, HP, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are using LCA to reduce product costs, increase market share and mitigate climate and energy risk. It is also embedded within the Sustainable Manufacturing Indicator Repository (SMIR).

As a LCA Project Manager or Sustainability Consultant - you need to have a broad understanding of LCA concepts, inventory, impact assessment, data quality management, post impact calculations, modeling, software, statistics and the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards.

LCA is one of today's fastest growing professional fields with certification from the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment through an exam process.

Essentially, LCA can help companies gain legitimate entry into the burgeoning "green marketplace" through eco-labels and declarations. Over 18% of companies are using LCA to support business strategy and R&D. In excess of 11% of companies are using LCA for branding products through labeling or product declarations to address a green market that will double from $1.37 trillion a year in 2010 to $2.74 trillion by 2020.

Governments are applying LCA as a basis for policy and regulatory development. Current applications include: 1) helping to prioitize programs based on life cycle information, 2) making policies consistent among consumers, producers material suppliers, retailers, and waste managers and also among different policy instruments, 3) reducing the impact that government operations have on the environment, and 4) promoting pricing products and services to accurately reflect "true" costs.

In this program you will:
•Gain the knowledge and skills to manage a LCA project for your product, process or service.
•Learn about LCA Software.
•Access important LCA Resources.
•Acquire knowledge applicable to the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment Certification Exam.

This program is offered by the Interuniversity Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services & only occurs 2 times per year. Don't miss this offering. Limited space available. Register early to hold your space.

The LCA course early Registration Discount Ends Feb. 29, 2012. With this discount participants can save $250. Register now and receive a complimentary copy of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Life Cycle Assessement" by Henrikke Baumann and Anne-Marie Tillman. You can also gain Access to the Sustainability Learning Centre's Community of Practice, a depository of course materials, connections and learning Forums.

For more information or to register click here.

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