Event Location

Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Location Website


Savannah Betkowski
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Event Details

Introduction to Life-Cycle Analysis for Sustainable Materials Management

Considering environmental burden in end-of-life decision-making

March 23, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm

This webinar will present the concept of life-cycle thinking and life-cycle analysis (LCA). LCA is becoming more widely used to understand sustainability and make end-of-life decisions, requiring that personnel throughout solid waste management gain familiarity with this approach. Using examples from sustainable materials management, participants will be exposed to key concepts and terminology in LCA.

Through this webinar, participants will:


Bryan Staley, P.E., Ph.D. - President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

Dr. Bryan Staley currently serves as President and CEO of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), one of the largest sources of research funding and graduate scholarships related to solid waste management. He joined EREF in 2008, where he started as Vice President of Environmental Programs, and has 20 years' experience in the environmental engineering field. He is recognized nationally as technical expert in sustainable solid waste management issues and obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, where his research focused on understanding microbiological mechanisms for waste decomposition and methane generation from solid waste. He also holds a Master's degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Staley is a licensed professional engineer has held key positions in consulting firms as a Project Manager and Vice President of Engineering where he managed projects ranging from solid waste management, wastewater treatment system design, to retail/commercial land development and environmental management of large-scale livestock operations.

Debra L. Kantner - Data & Policy Analysis Program Manager, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

Debra Kantner is the Data & Policy Program Manager for the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), where she performs state of practice research related to waste generation, disposal and recycling rates; and solid waste policy and technology. In this role, she works to disseminate findings from EREF's data and policy analysis projects to advance sustainable waste management. She holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Environmental Engineering from N.C. State University and has completed graduate coursework in Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include recycling and diversion policies, organics management, and life-cycle assessment.


$49 per person

Receive a 15% discount per person when registering 5 or more people, or a 50% discount if you are a student or state/federal employee. A limited number of full scholarships are available for federal/state/local agency personnel on a first-come, first-served basis. Please send an e-mail to education@erefdn.org for more information.