LCSA Teaching Resources

Are you designing a course on Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment, or have you been teaching a course on LCSA? We're hoping to make this page a handy guide to understanding the texts and tools to help your students learn this important assessment method.

In 2019, the section conducted a simple survey of LCSA section members. Here are the results, based on 10 responses:

What types of students take your LCA/LCSA course? (Answers ranked by most freqent response)

  • Sciences (Environmental Science, Biology, Forestry, etc.)
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Other

Commonly Used Textbooks:

  • Matthews, H.S., Hendrickson, C.T. & Matthews D.H. 2015. Life Cycle Assessment: Quantitative Approaches for Decisions that Matter. 
  • Schenk, R.; White, P. 2014. Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • Olivier Jolliet et al., 2015, Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • Hauschild, Michael Z, Huijbregts, Mark A.J. (Eds.), 2015, Life Cycle Impact Assessment
  • Guinea, et al. 2002.Handbook on LCA 
  • Heijungs and Suh. 2002. The Computational Structure of Life Cycle Assessment
  • ILCD(JRC) pdfs
  • Meadows, Donella. 2008. Thinking in Systems

Commonly Used Software:

  • OpenLCA
  • SimaPro
  • Gabi
  • Brightway2
  • CMLCA (
  • eFootprint