Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability

Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability
Author: Jiří J Klemeš
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2015-01-20
ISBN 10: 0128022337
ISBN 13: 9780128022337
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability answers the question “what are the available methodologies to assess the environmental sustainability of a product, system or process? Multiple well-known authors share their expertise in order to give a broad perspective of this issue from a chemical and environmental engineering perspective. This mathematical, quantitative book includes many case studies to assist with the practical application of environmental and sustainability methods. Readers learn how to efficiently assess and use these methods. This book summarizes all relevant environmental methodologies to assess the sustainability of a product and tools, in order to develop more green products or processes. With life cycle assessment as its main methodology, this book speaks to engineers interested in environmental impact and sustainability. Helps engineers to assess, evaluate, and measure sustainability in industry Provides workable approaches to environmental and sustainability assessment Readers learn tools to assess the sustainability of a process or product and to design it in an environmentally friendly way

Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain

Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain
Author: Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
Publsiher: Woodhead Publishing
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2020-03-20
ISBN 10: 0128197846
ISBN 13: 9780128197844
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Assessing the Environmental Impact of Textiles and the Clothing Supply Chain, Second Edition, is a fully updated, practical guide on how to identify and respond to environmental challenges across the supply chain. This new edition features updates to important data on environmental impacts and their measurements, the sustainable use of water and electricity, and new legislation, standards and schemes. Chapters provide an introduction to the textile supply chain and an overview of the methods used to measure environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy footprints, and a lifecycle assessment (LCA) on environmental impacts. This book will be a standard reference for R&D managers in the textile industry and academic researchers in textile science. Provides a holistic view of the sustainability issues that affect the textile value chain Explains ways to calculate the textile industry’s use of resources, its impact on global warming, and the pollution and waste it generates Reviews key methods for the reduction of the environmental impact of textile products and how they are implemented in practice Includes methods for calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs), ecological footprints (EFs) and lifecycle assessments (LCA)

Environmental Footprints

Environmental Footprints
Author: Kai Fang
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 3030610187
ISBN 13: 9783030610180
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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How Green Is the City

How Green Is the City
Author: Dimitri Devuyst
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2001-08-01
ISBN 10: 9780231518024
ISBN 13: 0231518021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book deals with practical ways to reach a more sustainable state in urban areas through such tools as strategic environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, direction analysis, baseline setting and progress measurement, sustainability targets, and ecological footprint analysis.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment
Author: Alan James Bond,Angus Morrison-Saunders,Richard Howitt
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0415598486
ISBN 13: 9780415598484
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sustainability Assessment is an increasingly important tool for informing planning and development decisions across the globe. Required by law in some countries, strongly recommended in others, a comprehensive analysis of why Sustainability Assessment is needed and clarification of the value-laden and political nature of assessments is long overdue. Currently the writing on the subject is limited and comprises, for the most part, guidance documents and completed assessments. This book overcomes these shortcomings by simultaneously providing the knowledge, inspiration and range of assessment tools in decision-making students require to tackle Sustainability Assessment challenges nested within wide-ranging values and sustainability-grounded evidence. The collection details the current state-of-the art in relation to Sustainability Assessment theory and practice, and considers the pluralistic nature of the tool and the implications for achieving sustainable decision-making. The contributors set out the context for Sustainability Assessment and then outline some contested issues which can affect interpretations of whether the decision tool has been effective. Current practice worldwide is assessed against a consistent framework and then solutions to some of the inherent weaknesses and causes of conflict in relation to the perceived sustainability of outcomes are put forward. The book is unique in setting out state-of-the-art in terms of Sustainability Assessment practice by focusing on those countries with developing experience. It also covers emerging factors influencing effectiveness of decision-making tools and evaluates how they affect the performance of Sustainability Assessment. Written by authors among the leading university academics teaching impact assessment courses in the most acclaimed universities worldwide operating in this field, it is ideally suited for the growing numbers of courses in impact assessment education and training.

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment
Author: Cesar A. Poveda
Publsiher: Emerald Group Publishing
Total Pages: 504
Release: 2017-10-23
ISBN 10: 1787434818
ISBN 13: 9781787434813
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This book makes the case for the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability rating systems (ESRSs) in new industry contexts, including energy, heavy and light industries, manufacturing, transportation, mining, and oil and gas.

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision Making

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision Making
Author: Jingzheng Ren,Sara Toniolo
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2019-11-19
ISBN 10: 012818356X
ISBN 13: 9780128183564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment for Decision-Making: Methodologies and Case Studies gives readers a comprehensive introduction to life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) methodology for sustainability measurement of industrial systems, proposing an efficiency methodology for stakeholders and decision-makers. Featuring the latest methods and case studies, the book will assist researchers in environmental sciences and energy to develop the best methods for LCA, as well as aiding those practitioners who are responsible for making decisions for promoting sustainable development. The past, current status and future of LCSA, Life Cycle Assessment method (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA), the methodology of LCSA, typical LCSA case studies, limitations of LCSA, and life cycle aggregated sustainability index methods are all covered in this multidisciplinary book. Includes models for assessing sustainability in environmental, energy engineering and economic scenarios Features case studies that help define the advantages and obstacles of real world applications Presents a complete view, from theory to practice, of a life cycle approach by exploring the methods and tools of sustainability assessment, analysis and design of sustainability assessment

Sustainability

Sustainability
Author: Rao Y. Surampalli,Tian C. Zhang,Manish Kumar Goyal,Satinder K. Brar,R. D. Tyagi
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 696
Release: 2020-03-19
ISBN 10: 1119433894
ISBN 13: 9781119433897
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A comprehensive resource to sustainability and its application to the environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security sectors Sustainability fills a gap in the literature in order to provide an important guide to the fundamental knowledge and practical applications of sustainability in a wide variety of areas. The authors – noted experts who represent a number of sustainability fields – bring together in one comprehensive volume the broad range of topics including basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and the socio-economic aspects of sustainability. In addition, the book covers applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, as well as carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects. Sustainability addresses the challenges the global community is facing due to population growth, depletion of non-renewable resources of energy, environmental degradation, poverty, excessive generation of wastes and more. Throughout the book the authors discuss the economics, ecological, social, technological and systems perspectives of sustainability. This important resource: • Explores the fundamentals as well as the key concepts of sustainability; • Covers basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and socio-economic aspects, applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects; • Argues the essentiality of sustainability in ensuring the propitious future of earth systems; and • Authored by experts from a range of various fields related to sustainability. Written for researchers and scientists, students and academics, Sustainability: Fundamentals and Applications is a comprehensive book that covers the basic knowledge of the topic combined with practical applications.

Handbook of Sustainability Assessment

Handbook of Sustainability Assessment
Author: Angus Morrison-Saunders,Jenny Pope,Alan Bond
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2015-09-25
ISBN 10: 1783471379
ISBN 13: 9781783471379
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Handbook of Sustainability Assessment introduces the theory and practice of sustainability assessment and showcases the state-of-the-art research. The aim is to provide inspiration and guidance to students, academics and practitioners alike and to contribute to the enhancement of sustainability assessment practice worldwide. It emphasises how traditional impact assessment practices can be enhanced to contribute to sustainable outcomes. Featuring original contributions from leading sustainability assessment researchers and practitioners, it forms part of the Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental Impact Assessment
Author: A. G. Colombo
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 334
Release: 1992
ISBN 10: 9780792315896
ISBN 13: 0792315898
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Section 1. Legislation. The EEC directive on EIA and its implementation in the EC member states. The EEC directives on environmental hazards. The dutch integral environmental zoning project. Section 2. EIA APROACHES AND TECHNIQUES contents and phases of an EIA study. Risk analysis in environmental impact studies. Environmental impact assessment and risk analysis in Denmark. Environmental impact assessment in Germany with a special focus on environmental planning in the Ruhr area. Pollution abatement in oil refineries and inorganic chemical industries. SILVIA: a decision support system for environmental impact assessment. Section 3. Environmental indicators and indices environmental indicators and measurement scales. Air quality assessment in environmental impact studies. Surface water quality indicators. Soil and ground water quality indicators. Ecotoxicological risk indicators for environmental chemicals. Industrial plant risk indices. Section 4. ECONOMIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF EIA. Sustainability, efficiency and equity: project appraisal in economic development strategies. Sociological aspects of environmental impact assessment.

A Sustainable Modular Product Design Approach with Key Components and Uncertain End of life Options Consideration

A Sustainable Modular Product Design Approach with Key Components and Uncertain End of life Options Consideration
Author: Junfeng Ma
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2016
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:951477241
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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An expanding awareness of manufacturing's short-term and long-term environmental impacts continues to drive manufacturers to reconsider the product design process with a view toward sustainability. An emphasis on sustainability is imperative for the competitive success of modern design and manufacturing enterprises, and incorporating sustainability into the product design process continues to warrant the increasing attention. Sustainability includes three dimensions: economic, environmental, and social. To the best of our knowledge, no existing product design method yet involves these three dimensions of sustainability, partly because social sustainability is difficult to evaluate and measure. This research gap motivates this study. Product life cycle management, especially the end-of-life (EOL) stage management, with its benefits of cost savings and increased environmental awareness performance, has emerged as a critical component of the product design process. However, determining EOL options during the product design stage can present a complex challenge because of vagueness in the design en-vironment--for example, an imprecise factor such as product maintenance. Therefore, developing a comprehensive framework to help understand uncertain EOL options is also a foundational motivation of this study. In today's challenging marketplace, key components play a significantly important role in product competitiveness. These components may represent a core technology and affect the product's functional performance, such as the turbocharger in an automobile engine; or they may be expensive or complicated to assemble and consequently influence the product's market performance, such as the cabinet of a refrigerator. However, based on existing literature, scant research discusses key components in the product design process. Therefore, involving a focus on key components in the design process also stimulates this study. Modular product design (MPD)--splitting a product into several components and then analyzing each separately--has proven to be a widely accepted design tool due to its advantages across the entire product life cycle, evincing benefits to manufacturing, to assembly, and to the product supply chain itself. In this study, a new MPD approach is presented that considers uncertain EOL options and key component specifications to improve three dimensions of sustainability. Three indicators--cost, environmental impact, and labor time--are employed to measure economic, environmental and social sustainability as individual elements. The environmental impact assessment is adopted using an open source software, Eco-99, which measures environmental sustainability in a comprehensive manner. Fuzzy logic is used to estimate the probability of each EOL option and to determine the expected EOL sustainability values (cost, environmental impact and labor time) for each component. Three clustering algorithms, with respect to the three sustainability aspects, are developed for specific key components; component modules are then grouped based on the identified key components and their sustainability optimization at all three stages of the total life cycle (manufacturing, maintenance, and EOL). The tri-criteria model builds toward optimizing sustainability in order to derive the compromised module structure. Based on this investigation into three-dimension sustainability, the economic, environmental, and social aspects are first quantified and measured simultaneously from the view of the product life cycle, and then improved through a product module generation process. Key components are also emphasized in the design stage, and key-component-based clustering algorithms are introduced to generate product modules. Moreover, uncertain EOL options are taken into ac-count in the module forming process. This new MPD approach has proven to generate better performance than previously existing methods (e.g., decomposition approach) in terms of sustainability. Two case studies are used to demonstrate the implementation of the proposed methodology, based on the perspective of product scale. A coffee maker is used to illustrate the analysis of a small and simple product, and a refrigerator is used to illustrate the analysis of a large and complex product. Given pre-determined sustainability indicator weights, both the coffee maker and the refrigerator are decomposed into several modules, as such modular architectures can benefit product life cycle full-dimension sustainability performance assessment.

A framework for measuring sustainability outcomes for landscape investments

A framework for measuring sustainability outcomes for landscape investments
Author: Himlal Baral,Peter Holmgren
Publsiher: CIFOR
Total Pages: 23
Release: 2015-10-29
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Rapidly increasing demand for food and agricultural non-food products to meet the demands of rising populations with new consumption patterns have worrying implications for sustainability of many ecosystems globally. Landscape approaches are often promoted as a win-win solution to reducing harmful impacts of development – a means to balance social needs and economic performance, while maintaining ecological function. In this respect, landscape approaches that address multiple sector needs, including agriculture, production forestry and conservation, are identified as a significant opportunity to contribute to the United Nations new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, assessing and verifying sustainability outcomes across broad, diverse and dynamic landscapes is challenging, mainly because of the lack of pragmatic and standardized means of assessment and measurement in cost-effective ways. This paper aims to advance the concept of sustainable landscape development, including ways to assess sustainability performance and to leverage the scaling-up of investment in sustainable development, as a means of achieving SDGs and other goals.

Environmental Impact Assessments and Mitigation

Environmental Impact Assessments and Mitigation
Author: Musaida Mercy Manyuchi,Charles Mbohwa,Edison Muzenda,Nita Sukdeo
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2020-12-10
ISBN 10: 1000194981
ISBN 13: 9781000194982
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Environmental Impact Assessments and Mitigation examines various assessments for developmental projects in the housing, mining, energy, and waste management areas. As the world continues to shift toward concerns over climate change and environmental protection issues, developmental projects must have environmental impact assessments (EIA) conducted as well as environmental management plans (EMP). This book describes how all phases of a project, from planning, to operation, to post operation, must consider potential environmental impacts and their mitigation. Features: Presents numerous sustainable development considerations for key industries Discusses how environmental impact assessments are prepared for each stage of a project Describes different environmental management plans for established projects Offers mitigation plans for various potential environmental impacts Includes practical examples from the construction, manufacturing, transport, and mining industries Useful for practicing professional engineers as well as upper-level students, this book covers all aspects of environmental impact assessments from start to finish.

The Ecological Footprint

The Ecological Footprint
Author: Andrea Collins,Andrew Flynn
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2015-05-29
ISBN 10: 0857936964
ISBN 13: 9780857936967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The ecological footprint is one of the most prominent tools used to measure environmental sustainability, and its rise in academic and policy debates since the early 1990s has been remarkable. Drawing upon research and examples from around the world, t

Transportation and the Environment

Transportation and the Environment
Author: Gabriela Ionescu
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-03-03
ISBN 10: 1315341662
ISBN 13: 9781315341668
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. This new book takes a nuanced look at building a sustainable transportation infrastructure and provides an overview of the harmful effect of various modes of transportation on the environment. The environmental impact of transportation is significant. Transportation is a major user of energy, it burns most of the world's petroleum, and is the fastest-growing contributor to carbon dioxide emissions. Although environmental regulations in many countries have reduced the individual vehicle's emissions, this has been offset by an increase in vehicles on the road and airways.

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States

Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States
Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Board on Energy and Environmental Systems,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Committee on the Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2013-01-18
ISBN 10: 0309260329
ISBN 13: 9780309260329
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Biofuels made from algae are gaining attention as a domestic source of renewable fuel. However, with current technologies, scaling up production of algal biofuels to meet even 5 percent of U.S. transportation fuel needs could create unsustainable demands for energy, water, and nutrient resources. Continued research and development could yield innovations to address these challenges, but determining if algal biofuel is a viable fuel alternative will involve comparing the environmental, economic and social impacts of algal biofuel production and use to those associated with petroleum-based fuels and other fuel sources. Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels was produced at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wood in Our Future The Role of Life Cycle Analysis

Wood in Our Future  The Role of Life Cycle Analysis
Author: National Research Council,Board on Agriculture
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 1997-04-28
ISBN 10: 9780309174794
ISBN 13: 0309174791
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The United States produces 25% of the world's wood output, and wood supports a major segment of the U.S. industrial base. Trees provide fiber, resins, oils, pulp, food, paper, pharmaceuticals, fuel, many products used in home construction, and numerous other products. The use of wood as a raw material must consider production efficiencies and natural resource conservation as well as efficient, profitable use of solid wood, its residues, and by-products. To better assess the use of wood as a raw material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service asked the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture to bring together experts to review the analytical techniques used to follow the life-cycle of wood production--from tree to product--and assess the environmental impacts. This resulting book provides a base of current knowledge, identifying what data are lacking, where future efforts should be focused, and what is known about the methodologies used to assess environmental impacts. The book also focuses on national and international efforts to develop integrated environmental, economic, and energy accounting methologies.

Economic Analysis of the Environmental Impacts of Development Projects

Economic Analysis of the Environmental Impacts of Development Projects
Author: John A. Dixon,Richard A. Carpenter,Louise A. Fallon,Paul B. Sherman,Supachit Manipomoke
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2013-11-05
ISBN 10: 1134046855
ISBN 13: 9781134046850
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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It has always been thought that some level of pollution and waste is unavoidable in development projects. But no one has made much effort to quantify and assess the extent of this sort of damage. In this book a group of analysts from the Asian Development Bank and from the East West Center propose a means of constructing useful economic evaluations of the impacts of development projects on the environments in which they are constructed. This study demands the systematic evaluation of all the intentional and unintentional consequences of development initiatives before they are determined upon. It is essential reading for development economists, analysts and bankers. Originally published in 1986

Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater

Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
Author: Deyi Hou
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 472
Release: 2019-11-23
ISBN 10: 012817983X
ISBN 13: 9780128179833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater: Materials, Processes, and Assessment provides the remediation tools and techniques necessary for simultaneously saving time and money and maximizing environmental, social and economic benefits. The book integrates green materials, cleaner processes, and sustainability assessment methods for planning, designing and implementing a more effective remediation process for both soil and groundwater projects. With this book in hand, engineers will find a valuable guide to greener remediation materials that render smaller environmental footprint, cleaner processes that minimize secondary environmental impact, and sustainability assessment methods that can be used to guide the development of materials and processes. Addresses materials, processes, and assessment needs for implementing a successful sustainable remediation process Provides an integrated approach for the unitization of various green technologies, such as green materials, cleaner processes and sustainability assessment Includes case studies based on full-scale commercial soil and groundwater remediation projects

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Design for the Environment Tools to Help Meet Sustainability and Design Goals

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Design for the Environment Tools to Help Meet Sustainability and Design Goals
Author: Ana Maria Leal Yepes
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2013
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:869961532
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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"Environmental impacts of electronics are a growing concern because the amount and type of materials used in production of the devices, the impacts to the environment from discarded electronics and the early retirement of products due to rapidly evolving devices, changing design trends, and perceived technological obsolescence. Design for the Environment is a sustainability strategy that aims to reduce the environmental impacts through techniques that enable sustainability solutions during the design decision-making process. In order to suit the diverse needs of sustainable design practitioners, there has been a large number of tools for Design for the Environment (DfE) developed, confusing product designers and engineers about which tool to choose to meet sustainability and design goals. Therefore, there is a need for methods that help designers choose DfE tools that are reliable, objective, effective, and easy to integrate in the regular product design and development activities. This thesis project develops a methodology to help designers screen, test and validate the results of applying DfE tools recommendations, when searching for the most effective techniques. First, the project proposes a method to classify tools under common DfE categories of tools, screen the tools, and identify potential techniques. Next, the author of this thesis, who is the designer on this document, designs an electronics device, under regular design parameters, for testing a set of potential DfE techniques. Prior to testing DfE tools, the author develops a set of sustainability metrics to measure the impacts of the electronic device and the reductions in environmental impacts obtained from the application of each DfE tool recommendations. After assessing the impacts of the device using the metrics, there were three DfE tools tested, Autodesk Eco Materials Adviser (EMA), DfE Matrix, and Electronic Product Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to determine product environmental burdens, propose solutions, and make design recommendations that improve the product environmental profile. Each tool identified materials, life cycle stages, and components that cause the product environmental burdens; these findings were targets for redesign. Addressing the tools findings resulted in three redesigns of the electronic device re-assessed with the sustainability metrics to measure the reductions of the environmental impacts. The metrics were useful to validate the results of applying the tools and help the product designer and sustainability practitioner developing this thesis to identify the most effective tools, the benefits, weaknesses, and strengths of using diverse tools."--Abstract.