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Discovering waste management priorities using life cycle assessment and spreadsheet models in education

Burnley, Stephen; Wagland, Stuart and Longhurst, Phil (2013). Discovering waste management priorities using life cycle assessment and spreadsheet models in education. In: 14th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2013), 30 September - 4 October2013, Cagliari, Italy, CISA Publisher.

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Abstract

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an effective way of helping students to learn about the interactions of waste management processes and systems with the environment, but commercial software packages are not ideally suited to educational purposes and can be prohibitively expensive. A spreadsheet-based waste management LCA was developed for use by environmental management and engineering students. This allows the user to develop a waste collection and treatment scenario and assess its environmental impact in detail. A group of students who used the model reported that it was helpful in developing solutions and that it gave detailed results, but they would have welcomed more flexibility and supporting documentation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 CISA Publisher
Keywords: waste management; life cycle assessment; education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 38822
Depositing User: Stephen Burnley
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 08:25
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 06:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38822
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