W e l c o m e
Here we are in July, with the zucchini and cucumbers taking over the garden and another full newsletter!
This month we take a close look at Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Our "Toolkit" report
is the first in a series that will explore what LCA is and isn't - what it can and can't do - and how it can be used most appropriately as one of many tools for evaluating environmental impacts. Our commentary
also looks at LCA and the challenge of delivering environmental information effectively
We'll be launching our summer fundraising campaign
next month, and I invite you to renew your support for Dovetail or become a supporter today! Your support makes this newsletter and the Dovetail reports possible! Help us continue to deliver environmental information, and let us know what you'd like to see us working on!
D o v e t a i l N e w s
Certification demonstrates use of ecological principles and high ethical standards in decision-making
(Mpls, MN) - Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental group, announces the certification of its Associate Ecologist, Sarah Stai, as a Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
“I’m excited to share the news of Dr. Stai’s achievement. Her accomplishments help support the Dovetail mission to address the diverse impacts of environmental decisions. They also highlight the importance we place on staying current with new challenges and maintaining the highest professional standards,” says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.
D o v e t a i l C o m m e n t a r y
Recently a reader commented that he often met people who didn’t trust life cycle assessment (LCA), because they felt every time this method was used to compare wood to some other material, wood came out as the more environmentally friendly material. The suggestion was that to produce such consistent results LCA must be somehow biased in favor of wood. The reader felt that this was a lot like saying scientific nutritional research must be biased because every time scientists compare broccoli to cheese puffs, broccoli comes out as being better for you. The reader questioned why people were still skeptical about the benefits of wood in the face of such seemingly conclusive evidence. What are we missing?
D o v e t a i l R e p o r t
Do you grab the screwdriver when you want to drive a nail? How about grabbing the hammer to tighten the nut on a bolt? Of course not! You go to the toolkit and pick the right tool for the job at hand. The same logic applies to proper use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
The reality is that LCA is one essential tool, in fact one of the oldest, in a toolkit stocked with complementary tools that aid in evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle.
To download the full report, visit: http://www.dovetailinc.org/files/DovetailToolkit0712.pdf
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