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Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE)




3: Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Randolph Kirchain

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Jasmina Burek: jburek@mit.edu

Project Description

Our team uses the science, data, and methodologies of life cycle assessment (LCA) to estimate both the negative impacts (footprints) and positive impacts (handprints) of each actor. This quantitative approach estimates environmental, social, and economic impacts of actors through footprint reduction and handprint creation. Through collaborations with a consortium of members from industry, we currently help companies identify ways that they can pursue net positivity by shrinking their footprints and ultimately creating handprints larger than their footprints. Our industry members include SPIN, SIG, Eaton, StickBulb, Morton Salt, and HumanScale. The student will work with MIT staff on the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) team (http://shine.mit.edu/) Intendent Learning Outcomes: - Generate a moderately complex life cycle assessment under supervision for decision support or policy making - Hands-on experience and collaborate with industry members to create handprints and reduce their footprint, - To become reflective users of a variety of tools and data resources relevant to the field, which will help them prepare them beyond this opportunity for the Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP) exam. - Present research at a conference


Interest in organizational/individual sustainability.