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Recent Projects

Here is a representative sampling of our recent and ongoing projects in carbon footprinting of products and processes, supply chain environmental analysis, and other environmental performance applications of modeling/simulation techniques. The Customers page lists the economic sectors that we have served recently.

Custom LCA Tools and Databases

  • Customization of CarbonScopeData database for integration with a third-party proprietary software tool designed to enable corporate sustainability efforts.
  • Custom food life-cycle GHG emissions analysis for a leading enviromental research and advocacy organization. more
  • Custom GHG emissions models and database for end-of-life disposal scenarios for a variety of industrial and post-consumer waste materials -- derived from CarbonScopeData and other sources.
  • Customization of CarbonScopeData to provide a carbon "foodprint" database for the European market.
  • Development of web-based software and database for interactive evaluation and comparison of life-cycle carbon footprints and cost for commercial building construction projects, for a leading commercial real-estate developer operating in the Western states. more
  • Development of web-based software and database for interactive supply-chain analysis and reporting of "food miles" and carbon emissions for a specialized regional produce distributor. more
  • Development of an Excel-based analytical tool for interactive evaluation and comparison of life-cycle carbon footprints and cost for alternative plastic and glass packaging options for foods/beverages, for one of the largest suppliers of plastic packaging solutions. more
  • Development of a web-based software tool for interactive evaluation and comparison of life-cycle carbon footprints for a broad array of industrial electric motors, including manufacturing, use, repair and disposal phases.
  • Development of a web-based software tool for comparing the GHG emissions generated in the transport of goods using corrugated paper pallets and wooden pallets.
  • Development of web-based software and database for interactive carbon footprint analysis of a large number of food products, for initial use at a major urban university. more

Product LCA, Carbon Footprinting and Supply-Chain/Value-Chain Analysis

  • Life-cycle GHG emissions (value chain) analysis of food purchase, preparation and waste in the campus dining services at a major 'green' university. more
  • Comparative life cycle assessment of three types of plastic garbage bags (virgin plastic, recycled, biodegradable).
  • Comparative carbon footprint analysis of compounding, calcinating and hydromet processes.
  • Comparative life cycle assessment of two competing crack seal products.
  • Life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of biodegradable, disposable food plates.
  • Comparative life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of natural and synthetic bedding products.
  • Comparative life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of hot-beverage drinkware products made with virgin and recycled materials.
  • Comparative carbon footprint analysis of four types of plastic drums and bulk containers used to store chemical products.
  • Corporate and product carbon footprint analysis for a premier picture-frame manufacturer and their supply-chain partners.
  • Comparative carbon footprint analysis of meltblown and coldform sorbents.
  • Cradle-to-grave carbon footprint analysis of three common/popular food products served in an institutional setting -- including production, packaging, transport, cooking, and waste disposal. more
  • Comparative carbon footprint analysis of plastic bags for multiple applications made with virgin and recycled resins. more
  • Comparative life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of multiple processed/packaged fresh fruit product lines. more
  • Carbon footprint analysis of an eco-friendly clothing/apparel manufacturing business, including life-cycle comparisons of eco-friendly and conventional textile materials. more
  • Comparative life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of a conventional natural gas based industrial energy system and an alternative hybrid system powered by renewable magnesium-anode fuel cells.
  • Life-cycle carbon footprint and energy-use analysis of paper and plastic grocery bags for a retail chain. more
  • Comparative life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of plastic and concrete manholes used in sewer and storm drain systems. more, news
  • Life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of organic milk and soy milk products for a name-brand national supplier. more
  • Analysis of fuel usage and carbon emissions associated with multimodal transportation through all stages of a supply chain, from factory to retail outlet, for a leading manufacturer of natural cleaning products (a student-led project).
  • "Farm-to-kitchen" carbon footprint analysis of food ingredients for a large national food service company. more, methodology
  • Carbon emissions evaluation of a retail chain's home delivery services. more
  • Analysis of energy use and carbon emissions in wine distribution in California. more
  • Supply-chain carbon emissions analysis for local food distribution networks in the Northwest.

Modeling and Simulation

  • An agent-based simulation model of trade, used to explore the effects of a distance constraint (due to high cost of fuel or limits on greenhouse gas emissions) on global trade. report-1, report-2
  • A system dynamics model of a supply chain, used to compare the greenhouse gas emissions generated by different configurations of lean and non-lean supply chains. report
  • A system dynamics model of municipal recycling, used to explore policy options to increase recycling and related social dynamics. report
  • A discrete-event simulation model of a lean auto repair facility, used to analyze and optimize customer satisfaction and cost-effective delivery of service. report
  • A system dynamics model of predator-prey dynamics and wildlife management, used to explore policy options. report

 

 
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