ISIE Section Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment – LCSA
Article I. Name
The Section shall be called ISIE Section Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, and may be abbreviated as LCSA Section.
Article II. Purpose
The purpose of this Section is to provide a platform for discussion of methods and applications of Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), to enhance LCA and to develop LCSA internationally and to promote its appropriate application in policy and businesses. While both LCA and LCSA are key topics of this Section, special focus will be placed on broadening and deepening of LCA into LCSA and on creating a platform for IE scholars already working or new in this field. The Section may seek collaboration with other ISIE Sections, with SETAC-UNEP, and other LCA organizations when organizing its activities.
Article III. Membership
Regular membership in the Section shall be open to all ISIE members with an interest in life cycle sustainability assessment.
Article IV. Governance
The primary governing body of the section is the Section Board (hereafter "the Board"). The Board establishes the policies and procedures for the Section.
The Board consists of a minimum of four (4) and maximum of six (6) elected Board members, including a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected by the membership. All Board members are elected for terms of three (3) years, and may be re-elected for additional terms. The Chair may serve as such for no more than two (2) successive terms. The Board will be responsible for facilitating and arranging meetings.
It shall be the duty of the Chair to preside over the annual business meeting of the Section and to attend the meetings of the ISIE Council. The chair may, with the approval of the Board, install committees as it may deemed advisable, with such membership, duration, functions and authority as may be delegated to it or prescribed to it. The chair acts as the representative of the Section toward other organizational units inside and outside the ISIE, including the ISIE Council.
The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of the Section meetings and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the custody of all funds and securities of the Section and shall report annually, within 60 days after the close of the fiscal year, to the Board as to the financial condition of the Section.
Any Board member may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board. The Board may fill the office temporarily until the next election is held.
Article V. Nominations & Elections
Elections for Board members shall be held every year for 50% of the Board members. Elected Board members shall assume their responsibilities on January 1 of the subsequent year. Exceptions to this timing may be approved by the Board.
The procedure of the elections shall be announced by the Board at least two (2) months prior to the election date. Nominations may be made either by the Board or by any member of the Section’s membership with agreement by the candidate, and shall be communicated to the Chair at least four (4) weeks prior to the election date. The Chair shall prepare and transmit a ballot listing all candidates whose nominations have been properly made at least three (3) weeks prior to the election date.
If the election is done by email, all ballots must be received no later than three (3) weeks after being circulated. The Chair shall appoint at least two tellers to oversee the opening and counting of the ballots. A plurality of the votes cast shall be necessary to elect, and in case of a tie vote, the decision shall be made by lot under direction of the Chair.
Article VI. Financial Operations
Beyond the expenditures required by the ordinary activities of the Section, no money from the Section accounts shall be disbursed except by the express authority of the Board.
All fiscal affairs of the Section shall be conducted on a fiscal year basis, starting on July 1 of each year.
Article VII. Dues
The Section Board may decide to prescribe annual dues for section membership in addition to the general ISIE membership dues and determine their amount. If the Section Board decides to prescribe annual dues, the entire membership will be subject to this requirement.
Article VIII. Meetings
The Section is authorized to hold scientific meetings, internationally, nationally, and regionally. The Section is authorized to hold a business meeting of the general membership in connection with a major scientific meeting of the Section.
Unless otherwise restricted by the by-laws, members of the Board or of any Committee of the Section may participate in a meeting by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment approved by the Board. Board actions determined in the course of such meetings shall be considered as official proceedings of the Section and shall be entered into the minutes.
Article IX. Amendments
Amendments to these by-laws may be proposed by any member who obtains the signatures of at least 10 Section members supporting the proposed changes. The Board may also propose any changes to these by-laws upon a majority vote in favor of such changes. The proposed amendments shall be submitted to all members on an individual basis. Adoption shall require a vote exceeding three-fifths of the members responding within 30 days after submission to the membership, and is determined by the majority.
Final revised version, October 2016