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Life Cycle Tools – Implementing change

Media Release: 24nd July 2008

Life Cycle Tools and Approaches – Implementing change

The ‘Life Cycle Thinking’ workshop series has been gaining momentum over the past two months, initially engaging participants in the process of Life Cycle Thinking and building on this to illustrate the application of Life Cycle Management in a development context during the second workshop.

Cris de Groot from the Hothouse and Timothy Allan from Locus Research have led regional workshops in both Wellington and Christchurch which has further extended the reach of the series.

Participants have been stimulated by the innovative workshop formats stating they “thought the day was well crafted and very motivational" and that “It was good that the day was broken up into the 4 sections. I was never bored".

The third and final workshop in the series will be held on the 7th of August and covers the use of different tools, methods, and approaches for Life Cycle Thinking. Emphasis will be on the breakout workshop sessions to build the understanding of how to apply life cycle thinking, with practical presentations aimed at building greater comprehension of new tools and techniques. Visit for a full programme.

Speakers include some of the leading practitioners in the country such as Barbara Nebel (Scion), Sarah McLaren and Robbie Andrew (Landcare Research), Timothy Allan (Locus Research) and Jake McLaren (Formway).

The presentations will round off the Life Cycle Thinking series by providing an overview of life cycle thinking approaches such as Life Cycle Assessment, Carbon foot-printing (greenhouse gas accounting) and Economic Input Output Modelling, in addition it will also present and explain some useful software tools that can be used in the development process.

The accompanying series of articles published in the ‘Focus on Sustainability’ section of the April, June and August issues of Prodesign can be referenced as an introduction to the workshop topics and have been written as a primer to engage designers in life cycle thinking.


For full programme details and further information visit:

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