With a B.A. ('65) and an M.A. ('67) in economics from the University of Western Ontario, Wayne Trusty started his own consulting practice, Wayne B. Trusty & Associates Limited, in 1972 after gaining experience with such organizations as Acres Consulting Services, Stanford Research Institute and the Pennsylvania Transportation and Traffic Safety Center. He has since worked on a wide spectrum of subjects, including the environment, forest industry economics and policy, water resources, transportation, energy policy and markets, and regional development. Having served as Project Manager of ‘The Athena Project’ from its inception in 1991, he was co-founder of the not-for-profit Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, incorporated in 1997, and served as its President and as President of the Institute’s U.S. affiliate Athena Institute International until March 2011. Both Institutes are dedicated to helping industry and the building community meet the environmental challenges of the future and to making sustainability an operational reality. Both focus on the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to the built environment.
Over the past 20+ years Wayne has also served on or chaired a variety of committees devoted to sustainability of the built environment, including the ASTM E60 sustainability committee and a Working Group to develop an ASTM Standard Practice for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment. He has also served as economic advisor on several large projects, including the Canadian Arctic Gas Pipeline project, and has appeared as an expert witness before regulatory bodies in Canada and the United States, particularly with regard to the cost-benefit and sustainability aspects of projects.
In 2011 Wayne was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canada Green Building Council and a Green Building Advocate of the Year Award by the New York Upstate Chapter of USGBC and the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary School of Environmental Design and is a frequent speaker on LCA at sustainable infrastructure and building conferences, and as faculty for architectural and other professional association continuing education programs.