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LCA XVII Conference & SimaPro User Group Meeting Recap  

by Shelly Severinghaus

It was great reconnecting and meeting new folks at the Life Cycle Assessment XVII Conference last week.

Shelly with clients from Burton, Seventh Generation and Hypertherm at the session on The Business Value of LCA

We learned from our peers during the conference sessions.

And supported our clients Seventh GenerationBurton Snowboards, and Hypertherm North America with their presentations on the business value of LCA.

SimaPro User Group Meeting

On October 2nd, the evening before the LCA XVII Conference, North American SimaPro users gathered in the River Watch room at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, overlooking the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, NH.

Attendees mingled in small groups, catching up with peers and meeting new SimaPro users. SimaPro questions were answered by Melissa Hamilton, Managing Director of Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), Michiel Oele, Customer Service Specialist at PRe Sustainability, and me, Shelly Severinghaus, Senior Consultant at LTS.

LTS Name Change

I began the presentation portion of the event, welcomed attendees and briefly touched base on our new name, Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), formerly EARTHSHIFT. We still offer the same great services and products, but with a new name, renewed energy and focus on the future. LTS continues to be the North American distributors of the SimaPro LCA software, developed by PRe Sustainability. We work closely with PRe and other global partners.

DATASMART

I went on to describe DATASMART, LTS’ North American specific dataset, which is included in all SimaPro licenses sold in North America. Updates are provided annually. Users are invited to submit their data. The latest update included:

  • 2015 U.S. electricity and natural gas mixes in underlying data
  • 2014 U.S. state electricity mixes
  • New U.S. eGRID electricity processes
  • Waste and packaging waste scenarios from latest EPA reports
  • Consolidated into one library project, the US-EI 2.2.
    • We no longer update or provide the original Ecoinvent 2.2 data

PRé Sustainability and SimaPro

While on the coast, we took  Michiel Oele from out for his first “lobstah.”

Michiel, who has spent the past 22 years of his professional life with PRe, shared a little bit about the company and its partner network before highlighting two underused, time-saving SimaPro features.

Parse Feature

First, he showed the parse feature, available in the Developer license, which allows you to import parameter sets previously defined in an Excel spreadsheet, thus saving you a lot of manual work. Let’s say you have a product that is offered in two dozen variations, with particular materials or weights varying. You can create a process with parameters for each material and weight, and then detail the variations in Excel. Using the parse feature within a calculation set-up, you can connect the process to the Excel spreadsheet, allowing you to quickly calculate the impacts of many products.

 Report Maker

Michiel went on to show Report Maker, an add-on tool, which allows you to create graphs and tables in MS Word and MS Excel, and keep them updated as you change your model and data in SimaPro. This feature is so easy to use that demonstrating it only takes a minute, but the hours it saves users is incredible! Any change made in the underlying SimaPro model will get updated in the data tables and charts in your report. Report Maker is offered as an inexpensive add-on for any license. A free 30-day trial is available.

Next Steps

We hope users found the networking and presentations useful.

Look for more information on LTS’ December 12th webinar, “How to leverage LCA as part of your Sustainability Program” in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you all at next year’s SimaPro User Group Meeting before LCA XVIII in Colorado. In the meantime, please keep in touch and as always, reach out with any questions.

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EarthDay 2017

By Nicole Sala, LTS Sustainability Analyst Intern

This year marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day, which has grown to be the largest civic observance event in the world with over 1 billion people participating in activities (earthday.org). This year’s campaign theme: environmental & climate literacy. How can we educate ourselves and empower others to drive actions that sustain the planet and people 10 years, 20 years and 100+ years from now?

I recently attended the International Society of Sustainability Professionals #ISSPBig3 webinar, Looking Into the Future with Sustainability’s Big 3: Interface, Patagonia and Unilever, and was inspired by the answers to the panel question, “What are you most optimistic about for the future?”

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EARTHSHIFT changes name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS)

LTS name reflects company’s roots and its dedication towards sustainability perseverance

HUNTINGTON, VT – EARTHSHIFT announced this week that the company will change its name to Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), effective immediately.

The new name, Long Trail Sustainability (LTS), encompasses many aspects of the sustainability consultancy. LTS, derived from the famous Long Trail hiking route that runs the length of Vermont, a state well known for its progressive and environmentally-minded demographic, ties in the company’s Vermont roots. Furthermore, the name Long Trail Sustainability well represents the idea of the comprehensive, yet constantly unfolding path towards true sustainability that the consultancy aims to guide their clients along.

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Plasma Cutters and Blue Jeans – Hypertherm SPD Workshop

by Shelly Martin, EARTHSHIFT Sustainability Analyst & Training Manager

DfS Workshop 007Recently, fellow EARTHSHIFT Sustainability Consultant, Dave Hartter and I traveled to Hypertherm to facilitate a sustainable product development (SPD) workshop for over 40 engineers at their industrial cutting solutions firm based in Hanover, New Hampshire. SPD workshops engage the employees within an organization in broader discussions around the value of sustainability and employing life cycle thinking throughout their product development process, no matter where they are currently in their journey towards sustainability.