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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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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington


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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Concentration in Energy and Environment

Program on the Environment and the Graduate Environmental Management Certificate



  • Cooper, J.S., J. Fava, "Teaching Life Cycle Assessment in Universities in North America," Journal of Industrial Ecology, 3, 13-17 (2000)
  • Cooper, J.S., J. Fava, " Teaching Life-Cycle Assessment at Universities in North America, II: Building Capacity," Journal of Industrial Ecology, 4, 11-15 (2001)
  • Cooper, J.S. “Evolution of an Interdisciplinary Course in Sustainability and Design for Environment,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 23 (2) 294-300  (2007)
  • Cooper, J.S., “Teaching Life Cycle Assessment to Interdisciplinary Graduate Students,” International Journal of Engineering Education, 23(6) 1090-1095 (2007)
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