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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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5. A Pragmatic Approach to Lifecycle Analysis

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Formal lifecycle analysis is not new; in fact, lifecycle analysis tools and techniques have been around in various forms for decades. What is new is an urgent need to improve the tools and expand the use of lifecycle analysis to a broader spectrum of products and services.

We’re going to use a pragmatic approach to lifecycle analysis that keeps the focus on the main goals: understanding the overall impact and making improvements. The truth is that you don’t always need to measure everything; you don’t always need precise data; you don’t always need complete information. You just need to know what ...

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