The value of a life cycle assessment depends directly on the quality of the data used for modeling. Our LCA staff played a key role in developing the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database, which provides free public access to high-quality data on processes and materials. I am very proud of the work we have done—and continue to do—to advance the accessibility and transparency of data needed to support and encourage wider use of LCA.
Beverly Sauer is a senior chemical engineer and director of life cycle studies at Franklin Associates (a division of ERG). During her 25 years in the LCA field, she has managed and conducted LCA studies for U.S. and international clients on a wide range of products and materials, including fuels, commodity chemicals, plastics (both petroleum-based and bio-based), forestry products, building and construction materials and products, and many types of single-use and reusable packaging products.
Bev earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She has served on the advisory committee for the U.S. LCI Database and the advisory council of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, and recently authored chapters in two LCA textbooks. Outside work, Bev can often be found enjoying activities on and around the lake where she lives, or curled up with a good mystery.