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Modeling Sustainability in Complex Urban Transportation Systems

Author Name: 
Kyle Azevedo
Publication Title: 
MS Thesis, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 
2010

Urban transit systems have large variability in temporal and spatial resolution, and are common in
lifecycle analyses and sustainability studies. Unlike analyses with smaller scope or broader
resolution, these systems are composed of numerous interacting layers, each intricate enough to
be a complete system on its own. In addition, detailed interaction with the system environment is
often not accounted for in lifecycle studies, despite its strong potential effects on the problem

An Activity Based Method for Sustainable Manufacturing Modeling and Assessment in SYSML

Author Name: 
Yuriy Romaniw
Publication Title: 
MS Thesis, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 
2010

Traditionally, environmental impacts of man made products have been
determined by performing a life cycle assessment (LCA) on the product. As the name
implies, LCA is usually covers the entire life of the product in a so-called “cradle-tograve”
assessment. In determining environmental impacts over the whole product life,
LCA’s are reasonably adequate. However, in providing detailed impacts on a particular
phase of life, LCA’s are lacking. Detailed assessments are important because very few

Life Cycle Assessment of Film and Digital Imaging Product System Scenarios

Author Name: 
Muir, M., Bras, B., Matthewson, J.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing 2009 - Vol. 1, No.3 pp. 286 - 301
Year: 
2009

With the advent of digital imaging technology, the options available in consumer imaging have increased. However, the relative environmental impacts of these different options are not clear cut. Assessment of the impacts of these options can help to provide feedback to decision makers and give insight that will help reduce environmental impact through product system design.

Energy Implications of Product Leasing

Author Name: 
Intlekofer, Koji
Publication Title: 
MS Thesis, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 
2010

A growing number of advocates have argued that leasing is a ‘greener’ form of business transactions than selling. Leasing internalizes the costs of process wastes and product disposal, placing the burden on the OEMs who gain from reducing these costs. Product leasing results in closed material loops, promotes remanufacturing or recycling, and sometimes leads to shorter life cycles. In this paper we provide two case studies to quantitatively test these claims for two distinct product categories.

Ford Environmental Sourcing Tool (FEST)

Author Name: 
Laura Klein
Year: 
2007

The project began as an extension of a prior Ford project. This project created a method and a tool for analyzing packaging alternatives based on economics and environmental considerations for a single part sourced from a low cost country. The current project is tasked with determining the best sourcing location with the aid of environmental information.

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