Life Cycle Assessment VIII
'Calculating Consequences Beyond the Box'
Press Release


Life Cycle Assessment VIII

30 September - 2 October 2008, Seattle

'Calculating Consequences Beyond the Box'

Conference Announcement

Post conference - Meeting on LCI and LCI Databases - Sylvatica & IERE

Post conference - Intro to SimaPro or Advanced SimaPro classes - EarthShift

Post conference - GaBi Training Session - PE Americas (See PE Americas flyer)

This conference is held annually by the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment. Environmental life cycle professionals, industry, government, and NGO's come together to discuss life cycle approaches to sustainability, both from a technical and from a practical viewpoint.

This conference brings together business, government and academia, to discuss both new applications of life cycle assessment and new results and methods.

This year in addition to our ususal sessions on life cycle assessment and management, we will have a focus on using LCA more expansively: new uses, new markets, and more global analyses such as consequential LCA; expanded system boundaries; and new impact models.

Authors need to submit abstracts by 15 May. After the abstract is accepted, the slide presentation to be given at the meeting must be submitted by 15 August so that attendees can review them before the meeting.

The conference will consist of three tracks:

  • LCA - Life cycle assessment methods, techniques, theory
  • LCM - Life cycle management which applies life cycle thinking
  • Special sessions - these are sessions coordinated around special topics of current interest

For the LCA and LCM tracks, authors need to submit abstracts (350 word limit) on-line by 15 May. The on-line submission system is open. Acceptance decisions will be made by 15 June. If abstract revisions are required, the revised abstracts will be due by 6 July. The slide presentation to be given at the meeting must be submitted by 15 August so that attendees can review them before the meeting.

Special sessions are usually developed by a coordinator who assembles a small group of participants for the session. We are actively seeking special session proposals. A pre-proposal should be submitted describing the session and listing potential participants (please email it to: Pre-proposal acceptances will be made within one week of submission. The special session extended descriptions, with a list of the participants are due 1 May.

The LCA and LCM tract sessions will be organized from the submitted abstracts. We expect that there will be sessions on:

LCA and Climate Change
LCA & Carbon Footprinting
LCA in Retail
LCA and Voluntary Standards
Life Cycle Approaches to Local and State Regulation
Progress in Life Cycle Certification Programs
Life Cycle Assessment Methods
Social LCA Approaches
Education for Life Cycle Assessment and Management
New Initiatives in LCA & LCM
Life Cycle Inventory Data Studies
New Methods in LCA
New Life Cycle Applications

The first examinations for LCA Professional Certification will be offered at the conference.


LCAVIII Technical Chair: Sangwon Suh
Administrative Chair: Doug Huizenga

Planning Committee:
Roland Geyer
Sebastien Humbert
Gary Jakubcin
Anne Landfield-Grieg
Lise Laurin
Mike Levy
Rita Schenck
Ron Williams