Join Dovetail Partners in a Life Cycle Assessment Webinar on May 16th


Event examines use of this tool for determining environmental impacts


(St. Paul, MN) –  On May 16th, Dr. Jim Bowyer of Dovetail Partners will present a webinar addressing Life Cycle Assessment as part of the 2017 Forestry Webinar Series provided by the Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative of the University of Minnesota.


Accurate determination of environmental impacts linked to products, and associated raw material procurement and manufacturing processes, requires the use of definitive, scientifically-based tools in accordance with rigorous universal standards. Environmental life cycle assessment, or LCA, has become the tool of choice for determination of impacts.

Sometimes referred to as “cradle to grave” analysis, LCA provides a mechanism for systematically evaluating environmental impacts and in informing strategies for impact reduction. LCA-based information not only provides insights into the environmental impacts of product manufacture, but also impacts associated with use, maintenance and end-of-product-life. Because of the systematic nature of LCA and its power as an evaluative tool, the use of LCA is increasing as environmental performance becomes more and more important in society.

It is important to recognize that landscape impacts are not included among the environmental impact factors evaluated through LCA. Consequently, LCA does not eliminate the need for use of assessment methods such as forest certification that provide for site-specific evaluation of raw material procurement activity.

Date: Tuesday May 16 from noon to 1:00pm (Central)
Speakers: Dr. Jim Bowyer,  Dovetail Partners, Inc. and UMN CFANS Professor Emeritus
Cost: $20 per webinar or $50 for the entire 2017 series

More information and registration details are available at:

This webinar is part of a series offered by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative. Webinar presentations are designed for natural resource professionals, landowners, forest sector stakeholders, and interested parties. Presentations are approved for continuing education credits from SAF, ISA, and MN Forest Stewardship.





About the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative

The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) promotes excellence in natural resource management through educational opportunities that bring professionals together to explore current research findings, new technologies, and state-of-the-art practices. SFEC develops and delivers continuing education opportunities to forestry and natural resource professionals in a broad range of fields and offers continuing education credits using the Society of American Foresters grading criteria. SFEC is run by the University of Minnesota.