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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 Description



all reports should be submitted through the class dropbox


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

  • A Design Proposal (limit is 3 pages)
  • A Midterm Design Report
  • A Final Design Report (limit is 25 pages plus appendices)

Note that the midterm design report should only contain the introduction, bibliography, and appendices (as needed) as described in the design report template. The final design report must include an updated version of the midterm report sections (e.g., edits responding to comments from the instructor/ TAs and/or edits due to issues during the quarter) and must add the remaining required sections in the design report template.

Required sections (see the design report template for what is required in each required section)

     2012 design proposal: TA bike lock example .doc

     2013 design proposal:  TA desk example .doc

  • Problem definition & design goals
  • Description of Previous Work
  • Management plan and task assignments
  • Bibliography

Midterm design report (2012 TA SUBMITTED midterm, 2013 TA midterm as of week 5 and 2013 TA SUBMITTED midterm)

  • Introduction
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix ❖Design concepts

Final design report (2012 TA final report and the Bike lock income statement )

2013 Materials selection and engineering analyses

2013 TA desk income statement (xls) and related ppt

2013 TA final report with recitation sections shown

2013 TA final report as submitted

  • Introduction
  • Design Description and Analyses
  • Risk and Liability
  • Ethical Issues
  • Impact on Society
  • Impact on the Environment
  • Cost & Engineering Economics
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix ❖Design concepts

All citations should be complete as described at

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