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Brown Bag Webinars

Free webinars on LCA and sustainability topics

EarthShift Global is pleased to announce a series of free sustainability 'Brown Bag' webinars. These webinars covering a wide range of topics and are delivered by leaders in their respective fields. Each webinar is typically held from 1-2 PM Eastern time with a presentation followed by a Q&A Session.

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Upcoming Webinar: 

Proven Approaches to Maximize Your LCA ROI

Date: June 13, 2024

Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST


Karen Martinsen Fleming, EarthShift Global CMO

John Rooks, EarthShift Global Senior Research & Culture Advisor


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a valuable scientific methodology for measuring the impacts of a product or process.  The present global emphasis on climate change is driving significant interest in LCA, and, while important, there is so much more to be gained from LCA beyond measuring carbon emissions!

By considering the entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to disposal, an LCA enables organizations of all sizes and types to understand its impacts and where the greatest impacts occur.  A well crafted LCA does more than measure carbon emissions - the results can be leveraged to identify opportunities for innovation, reduce waste, manage supply chains, improve resource efficiencies, design new products, craft sales & marketing materials, engage employees, and more.

In this webinar, taught by two highly experienced ESG sustainability professionals, we will discuss proven approaches to maximizing the return on your LCA investment.

Presenter Bios:

Karen Martinsen Fleming has over 25 years of marketing, product development, strategy, and business management experience and has been active in sustainable business for over two decades. Her career includes leadership positions at Stonyfield Farm and Seventh Generation where she was responsible for the brand foundation, strategy, and national rollout of these two widely recognized leaders in sustainable business.

She also has extensive teaching experience in sustainable business, marketing and entrepreneurship. She served as Professor of sustainable business and director of the Sustainable MBA program at Green Mountain College, the nation’s leading college for sustainability, and as President of the Harvard Business School Green Alumni Network.

Karen supports ESG clients with strategy, marketing, communications, new product development, reporting, materiality assessments, and organizational design.

She earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.

John Rooks approaches sustainability with a cultural lens. He has worked with companies of various size from Fortune 10 to start-ups helping them understand sustainability in a cultural context, and unlock the power that comes from an aligned corporate culture.

John has a degree in Writing and Cultural Theory from PennWest Clarion, and is a frequent writer and professional speaker on the intersection of sustainability and culture.

John has completed profoundly revealing in-depth research into consumer and other stakeholder beliefs and actions around sustainability. This research includes ethnographic explorations into our relationships with the things we buy (and discard) employee sentiment with corporate actions, and supplier actions following standard corporate sustainability surveys. This culture-first lens is critical to managing our impacts on society and the environment and is an integral part of double materiality assessments.

John’s approach to sustainability results in more robust employee attraction and retention programs, more compliant supply chains, and an aligned corporate ecosystem that is required to reach aggressive and critical sustainability goals.

Past Brown Bag Webinars:

You can access recordings of prior webinars on the EarthShift Global Official YouTube channel and via the links provided below.

Use of LCA in North American Policy

Use of LCA in North American Policy

January 2024

Good Food Institute logo
Good Food Institute

Surveying the Environmental Impact of Alternative Proteins via LCA

December 2023

Supply Chain Management for Circular Economy title slide
Bart van Hoof

Supply Chain Management for Circular Economy in Latin America

October 2023

Spiber LCA presentation title slide
Sunita Darbe, Spiber

Benchmarking, Storytelling, and Mitigation: How Spiber, a Cutting Edge Biotechnology Company, Applies LCA

September 2023

sustainable product design
Teja Chatty

Sustainable by Design

July 2023

Kiyotada Hayashi PhD
Kiyotada Hayashi PhD

LCA In Reality from Data to Decisions by Kiyotada Hayashi PhD

June 2023

Oberland industrial ecosystem
Oberland Science, In.

An Industrial Ecosystem at Work

May 2023

SDG Goals

Measuring the Social What, How, Who, and Why

April 2023

biogenic carbon illustration

PART 2 Understanding Biogenic Carbon: The Science and Application of Biogenic Carbon in Life Cycle Assessment

March 2023 - Part 2

biogenic carbon illustration

PART 1 Understanding Biogenic Carbon: The Science and Application of Biogenic Carbon in Life Cycle Assessment

February 2023 - Part 1

MariLCA impacts of marine plastic flowchart

Impacts of Plastic Litter in LCA: Developments & New Findings

January 2023

flow chart of TRL stages of LCA

LCA for Emerging Technologies

December 2022

plastic figures on electronic surface

Circular Design in Electronics Industry

September 2022

Dr. Claire Nelson

Advancing SMART Futures for Global Sustainability

August 2022

graphic of scale with plastic bottles and reusable bottle

Five Misperceptions Surrounding the Environmental Impacts of Single-Use Plastic

July 2022

chart of windmills and circular loops

CELAVI Framework: Current & Future Capabilities & Applications

June 2022

Anders Bjorn

Using Planetary Boundaries with LCA for Absolute Sustainability Assessment and Target-setting

April 2022

Dan Mackey GMP

Sustainability Focused Innovation

March 2022

Four people clasping wrists with hands

Why Do I Need A Critical Review

February 2022

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LCA Study of the Substitution Policy in Colombia

January 2022

compass pointing to Carbon Neutrality

Paths to Carbon Neutrality Panel Discussion featuring: Navitas Semiconductor, Interface, HP Inc.

September 2021

Tim Skone, DOE

Sustainable Water Mgmt for Decarbonizing Fossil Power Gen by Tim Skone, DOE

July 2021

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Wknight94 talk, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Anticipatory LCA Approach to Improve Climate from Emerging Carbon Capture and Utilization Technologies: NREL

June 2021

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HP Taking LCA One Step Further by Tom Etheridge

May 2021

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Balancing Creativity & Data, Making Sustainability Easier: TrueNorth Collective

April 2021

Cummins packaging

Packaging LCA in the Automotive Industry: Cummins

February 2021

Employees giving a high five

Gaining Traction with your Sustainability Initiative: WholeWorks

January 2021

Brown Bag Webinars
© Troy Mayne / WWF

Tackling the Plastic Pollution Crisis: WWF

November 2020

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Circularity for Packaging - Past, Present and Future: PTIS

October 2020

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Reconciling Values and Facts in Comparative LCA by Valentina Prado

August 2020

Eastman Chemical

Apportionment Lowering Energy Investments: Eastman Energy

July 2020

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LCA of an Innovative Shelf Life Extension Technology: Apeel Sciences

May 2020

Life Cycle Assessment diagram

LCA In the Sub-National Context: Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

April 2020

Vostok Dome C

Ice Core Tales of Climate Change from Opposite Ends of Earth: UNH EOS

March 2020


Earth Stories & Why They Matter

February 2020

Carl Duivenvoorden

Communicating Sustainability Using Storytelling

November 2019

Embodied Carbon diagram

Lifecycle of Building Materials & Other Embodied Carbon: Thornton Tomasetti

October 2019

Alluvial gold mining LCA extraction diagram

Environmental Impacts of Alluvial Gold Mining, Peruvian Amazon: PELCAN

September 2019

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The Financial Case for High Performance Buildings: stok

May 2019

LCA and Biomimicry diagram

LCA and Biomimicry: Arizona State University

April 2019

Diagram of CO2 sequestration by methane eating bacteria

CO2 Sequestration by Methane Eating Bacteria: Stanford University

March 2019

Little plastic windmills

Anticipatory LCA Explorative Comparative Design with Lise Laurin

February 2019

Anticipatory LCA diagram

Anticipatory LCA 101 with Valentina Prado

January 2019

TerraCycle diagram

Eliminating the Idea of Waste with TerraCycle

November 2018

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Can We Reverse Climate Change: Interface

October 2018

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Goals & Tools to Drive Sustainability: Dow

September 2018

Waste Management logo

Sustainability Services: Waste Management

June 2018