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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



Fall Quarter 2016


Week 1: Overview of the class, project selection, and team formation (lecture pdf)

Week 2: Overview of the design process and product research (lecture pdf, recitation pdf)

ASSIGNMENT- Design ideas and team lists are due 10/4 at 5pm in the class dropbox

Week 3: Project management and professional ethics (lecture in pdf)

SPEAKER- Keith Elder on Professional Ethics (10/13)

Week 4: Design goals, objectives, and outcomes (lecture in pdf)

ASSIGNMENT- Design proposal is due 10/18 at 5pm in the class dropbox

Week 5: Design morphology and concepts (lecture in pdf)

Week 6: Decision making (lecture in pdf)

Weeks 7-8: Engineering analyses for conceptual design (lecture in pdf), Engineering economics and business planning (lecture in pdf and the ABC income statement in xls)

ASSIGNMENT: Midterm design report is due on 11/8 at 5pm in the class dropbox

Week 9: Final report preparation (lecture in pdf) THIS IS THANKSGIVING WEEK

Week 10: Project presentations (11/29, 12/1, and 12/2, presentation schedule and requirements)

Week 11: Instructor review for the exam (12/6), TA review for the exam (12/8)

DESIGN EXAM: 12/9 from 12:30 – 2:20 (information about the exam, EXAMPLE EXAM)

Finals week: Final design report is due at 5pm on 12/16 in the class dropbox


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