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The UWME Design for Environment Lab promotes Sustainability and Design for Environment (DFE) through the advancement of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Industrial Ecology (IE).

Life Cycle Assessment Data

Accessibility to LCA data, e.g., for Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), is improving in large part due to national database development efforts.

USDA LCA Digital Commons

Open source data, like that in the USDA LCA Digital Commons, promise more transparency for LCAs. Features include data parameterization and extended meta data.

Design for Environment Courses

In ME515 Life Cycle Assessment, Beren Landaas Wells McKay presented this photo as part of his LCA of photography.  Visit the "Salmon Waves" sculpture at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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ME395 Introduction to Design


Project Resources


all reports should be submitted through the class dropbox


Teams of 5-6 students will execute the design process from planning and concept development through concept selection/justification.  Each team will prepare only three reports.  Example reports are available:

  • The Design Proposal (the bike lock, the TA cane)
  • The Midterm Design Report (the bike lock, the TA cane)
  • The Final Design Report (the bike lock, the TA cane)

Guidance on how to prepare each report is also available:

  • The Design Proposal (guidance in pdf)
  • The Midterm Design Report (guidance in pdf)
  • The Final Design Report (guidance in pdf)

For all reports, citations should be complete as described at

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