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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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Journal Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • Cooper, J. “Data uncertainty and quality: emerging issues for Life Cycle Assessment data and databases ” Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, May 16-18, Boston, MA (2012)

  • Kahn, E., J.S. Cooper. “Variability and Uncertainty in Consumption of Freshwater for Field Crop Life Cycle Assessment. Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, May 16-18, Boston, MA (2012)
  • Simonen, K. E. Moore, J. Cooper, R. Sianchuk. “Building Life Cycle Assessment: LCA in Architecture & Engineering Education,” Proceedings of the Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES) Conference, August 4 - 7, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2011)
  • Colt, J., J. Cooper (2010) Comparison of near shore and offshore netpen culture of Atlantic salmon in the Pacific Northwest Using LCA, Proceedings of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Symposium on Energy use in Fisheries: Improving Efficiency and Technological Innovations from a Global Perspective, November 14-17, 2010, Seattle, WA,
  • J.S. Cooper, R. Jackson, N. Green Leigh, “Modeling Regional Recycling and Remanufacturing Processes:  From Micro to Macro,” Proceedings of the North American Regional Science Association, Brooklyn NY, November 22 (2008)
  • Lee, S.J., J.S. Cooper, “Estimating Regional Material Flows for LCDs,” Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment ISEE San Francisco, CA, May 19-21 (2008)
  • Cooper, J.S., J. Fava, " The Life Cycle Assessment Practitioners Survey: Assessment Methods for Evolutionary and Revolutionary Electronic Products," Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE ISEE Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 8-11 (2006)
  • Herrmann, J.W., J.S. Cooper, S.K. Gupta, C.C. Hayes, K. Ishii, D. Kazmer, P.A. Sandborn, W.H. Wood, “New Directions in Design for Manufacturing,” Proceedings of the 2004 ASME Design and Engineering Technical Conference, DETC2004-57770, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 28 to October 2 (2004)
  • Cooper, J.S., “Recyclability of Fuel Cell Power Trains,” Proceedings of the SAE 2004 World Congress, 2004-01-1136 (2004)
  • Fitch, P.E., J.S. Cooper, “Life Cycle Energy Analysis as a Method for Material Selection.” Proceedings of the 2003 ASME Design and Engineering Technical Conference, Chicago, IL September 2-6 (2003) (Invited submission which has been accepted by the Journal of Mechanical Design)
  • Cooper, J.S., “Performance Analysis of the Use and Recycling of Platinum and Other Catalyst Metals in PEM Fuel Cell Vehicles.” Proceedings for the Air & Waste Management Association’s 96th Annual Conference and Exhibition, June 22-25 (2003)
  • Stuve, E.M., P. G. Reinhall, M.G. Jenkins, J.S. Cooper, A. Linse. “An Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Project in Fuel Cell Development,” Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education, (2001)
  • McDaniel, J., J.S. Cooper, Enhancing Supply Chain Performance with Environmental Cost Information: Examples from Commonwealth Edison, Andersen Corporation, and Ashland Chemical, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA 742-R-00-002, (2000)
  • Tolle, D. A., D.J. Hesse, G.B. Chadwell, J.S. Cooper, D.P. Evers, “Comparison of Two Equivalency Factor Approaches with Simplified Risk Assessment for LCIA of Toxicity Impact Potential,” Abstract for the International Conference and Exhibition of Life Cycle Assessment: Tools for Sustainability, by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. April 25-27 (2000)
  • Menke, D.M., J.K. Smith, “Life-Cycle Assessment: Framework and Methodology.”  Proceedings of the 1997 Tappi Nonwovens Conference. Memphis, Tennessee (1997)
  • Evers, D.P., J.K. Smith, D.A, Tolle, B.W. Vigon, C. Mann, M.A. O’Connel, “Life-Cycle Assessment of Alternative Decontamination Technologies.”  Proceedings of the I&E Special Symposium, American Chemical Society, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1997)

Parts of Books

  • “Recyclability and life cycle assessment of fuel cell materials” Materials for Fuel Cells, Editor: Michael Gasik, Helsinki University of Technology, Woodhead Publishing Limited: Cambridge UK.  (2008 and revised in 2012)
  • “Computational Structure for Linking Life Cycle Assessment and Input-Output Modeling: A Case Study on Urban Recycling and Remanufacturing” (first author with R. Jackson and N. Leigh), Handbook of Economic Geography and Industry Studies, Editors: Giarattani, F., Hewings, G. and McCann, P., Edward Elgar: Cheltenham (2012)
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