LCA Event with o2NYC

Join o2NYC as we begin a learning group whose goal is to understand Life Cycle Assessment, and to develop our skills as design professionals to provide the systems thinking approach and holistic understanding that LCA provides.

LCA

When: Wednesday, February 25th. 6-8 PM.
Where: Smart Design. 601 W 26th Street, Suite 1820.
RSVP: j at o2nyc dot org
$10 suggested donation.

As a concept, a product lifecycle makes intuitive sense. Designers conceive of a product or service, and source materials that are mined from the earth, refined, manufactured, packaged, marketed, sold, used, and then either retired in landfill, or in a better world, recycled back into the system. Cradle to cradle, here we come. In practice, knowing the full impact of a product’s impact on the environment be the first thing we do as designers when developing a new product idea. A comprehensive approach that takes in all phases of a product lifecycle is the best framework for letting us know which action to take in redesigning for green – which approach is the most environmentally friendly.

Yet as a practice, life cycle assessment is both daunting and complicated, but this may be a case of LCA reflecting the complexities of how we make things today. Lloyd Hicks and I will lead an introductory discussion about the principles and practices of LCA, the first in a series dedicated to showing designers how they can access this critical tool for understanding an entire product service system.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to confirm your participation!