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Measurement Needs in Sustainability and Materials Performance



Richard E. Ricker


Sustainability is an attractive approach to environmental stewardship because it recognizes the importance of continued profitability in maintaining the environment and advancing society. However, the ability of this approach to actually provide benefit will depend entirely on the predictive capability of the full life cycle impact analyses of alternatives. The ability of these models to predict outcomes with acceptable levels of uncertainty will depend on the data used in these models and the appropriateness of the corresponding measurement methods. This presentation will review the on-going effort at NIST to evaluate sustainability metrology needs and examine the role of measures of materials performance and lifetime predictions in these models.
Proceedings Title
Sustainable Materials Processing and Production
Conference Dates
February 14-18, 2010
Conference Location
Seattle, WA


sustainability, metrology, life cycle analysis


Ricker, R. (2010), Measurement Needs in Sustainability and Materials Performance, Sustainable Materials Processing and Production, Seattle, WA, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created August 24, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017