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Life Cycle Assessment & Public Policy: Supporting Precautionary Principle Decision-Making

Abstract This paper’s intent is to explore the environmental gap analysis tool, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA),
as it pertains to the decision-making process.

As LCA is more frequently utilized as a measurement of environmental impact, it is prudent
to understand the historical and potential impact that LCA has had or can have on its inclusion in
public policy domain - specifically as it intersects the anticipatory governance framework and the
supporting decision-making precautionary principle framework. For that purpose, LCA will be
examined in partnership with the Precautionary Principle in order to establish practical

LCA and Precautionary Principle have been used together in multiple functions. In two
case studies, the California Gre... (more)
Created Date 2013-05
Contributor Culver, James (Author) / Davis-Welty, Joshua (Author) / Kao, Karen (Author)
Subject Public Policy / Life Cycle Assessment
Series Course Project Report Series
Type Text
Language English
Identifier Stock Number: SSEBE-CESEM-2013-CPR-010
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Collaborating Institutions School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) / Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management
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