British Columbia Institute of


EENG 8288 - Organizational Life Cycle Assessment

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a technique used to evaluate how products and technologies contribute to environmental impacts from a life cycle perspective (eg. from cradle-to-grave, or from raw material extraction through materials processing, product manufacturing, distribution, use, and final disposal). LCA can also be applied to a business or public sector agency in order to evaluate the environmental performance of its operations. Such an analysis is called organizational LCA (O-LCA). This course will enable students to use the O-LCA method to evaluate the environmental impact of organizations from a life cycle perspective (i.e. from cradle-to-grave). Students will develop a ground-up understanding of O-LCA based on the International Standard Organization (ISO) 14000 series of environmental management standards and how they can be applied to organizations in different sectors of the economy. The course will also demonstrate industry best-practices through case studies, including a first-hand account of the recent international road test of the Life Cycle Initiative’s (an organization of the United Nations Environment Program/Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Guidance on O-LCA, and discussion on social LCA, and integrated environmental impact-financial cost analysis.




$716.12 - $718.10 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Spring/Summer 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2018 term.

CRN 65350

Mon Apr 09 - Mon Jun 18 11 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 09 - Jun 18 Mon 15:30 - 18:30 BBY
Apr 09 - Jun 18 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. No Class on May 21 - Stat Holiday. Make up classes - Fridays, April 13 and 20: 10:30-13:30 (online). 3 additional online sessions - Fridays: April 27, May 11, June 1: 10:30-13:30.

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check this page for other currently available offerings or subscribe to receive email updates.


Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 45019

Fri Sep 07 - Fri Dec 14 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Dec 14 Fri 14:30 - 17:30 BBY



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. For more information, please contact Program Assistant, or 604-432-8539.

This section is only available for registration starting Wed, May 30 at 9:00 am (PDT)

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand ISO requirements and guidelines for the application of LCA.
  • Identify major organizations involved in the development of LCA practice.
  • Interpret and provide critical review of O-LCA studies and claims to sustainability.
  • Operate Open IO-Canada tool.
  • Develop excel-based O-LCA model.
  • Use O-LCA to inform and communicate sustainable organization management.

Effective as of Fall 2017


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