Community Apps for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is a systemic approach to using and reusing materials more productively over their entire life cycle. It represents a change in how our society thinks about the use of natural resources and environmental protection. By looking at a product's entire life cycle, we can find new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, conserve resources, reduce costs and attract new industries.
Companies like Amazon and General Motors are using the US Environmentally Extended Input-Output (USEEIO) Models
to analyze economic and environmental impacts across all economic sectors
for community planning, business development and environmental education using interactive interfaces like the Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tools
The new online tools foster informed decisions while creating connections that turn waste streams into revenue streams to lower the cost of material input during production.
Upcoming Events and Internships
During the summer of 2020, Georgia communities are participating in our Life Cycle App Ideas Challenge to set objectives and priorities.
Georgia Tech interns are updating modules for local and regional analysis.
In the Fall of 2020, we'll expand on the new community tools during the Code for America Sustainable Communities Web Challenge
which will provide $10,000 in awards.
Learn More and Register
Amazon is using USEEIO to reduce their carbon footprint to net zero by 2040. -
Microsoft's goal is 2030, followed by removing all their carbon emissions since 1975 by 2050. - Learn More
More about who's using the USEEIO modeling tool