Business model design

Life Cycle Assessment

What’s The Eco Impact of an iPad

Op-Chart in the NYTimes on the weekend of the iPad launch – a lifecycle analysis of the iPad, timely for discussing the core element of analysis in LCA – the functional unit. Daniel Goleman, author of Ecological Intelligence and Gregory Norris, LCA software expert at Harvard authored the “chart” comparing e-readers. The authors compared the Kindle, the iPad and a book by determine the functional unit as the reading of Read More

NYU ITP: If Products Could Speak Class 8 The Labor Movement

We talk about that which is not documented in LCA – human impacts beyond just health. Social impacts are the 3rd leg of the triple bottom line, that which cannot be easily measured. Today’s class: A little history of the labor movement, activism to expose overseas factory conditions, leading to a rousing discussion on the pros and cons of fair trade. We’ll also do in-class life cycle assessment. If Products Read More

LCA with Jacob Madsen

LCA Learning Group: LCA is not for Wimps! Learn about LCA from Jacob Madsen Date: Thursday April 2nd Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM Venue: Smart Design 601 W 26th Street, Suite 182 Jacob Madsen Energy and Climate Change ERM LIfe cycle analysis often generates surprising findings, telling us which product is greener. The Hummer or the Prius? Cotton diapers or disposable? Paper or Plastic? Join us for one of the Read More

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. 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 Read More