Design Systems Holistically & Using Life Cycle Thinking



Engineer processes and products holistically, use systems analysis, and integrate environmental impact assessment tools

Use Life Cycle Thinking

Use life cycle thinking in all engineering activities

End of Use

Products, processes, and systems should be designed for performance in a commercial “afterlife".


Targeted durability, not immortality, should be a design goal

Conserve Complexity

Embedded entropy and complexity must be viewed as an investment when making design choices on recycle, reuse or beneficial disposition

Minimize Material Diversity

Material diversity in multicomponent products should be minimized to promote disassembly and value retention

Minimize Chemistry Impacts

Consider the effect of the overall process on the choice of chemistry

Collaborate with Engineers

Consult a chemical or process engineer

Consider Imcompatabilities

Recognize where safety and waste minimization are incompatible


Be Sustainable

Think Locally

Develop and apply engineering solutions while being cognizant of local geography, aspirations and cultures


Actively engage communities and stakeholders in development of engineering solutions

Apply Measures

Help develop and apply sustainability measures

Innovate to Achieve

Create engineering solutions beyond current or dominant technologies;improve, innovate and invent (technologies) to achieve sustainability

Use Renewables

A raw material feedstock should be renewable rather than depleting whenever technically and economically practical*Material and energy inputs should be renewable rather than depleting


ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

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