Daniel Goleman. Ecological Intelligence. Broadway Books: New York. 2009. p. 14
An industrial engineer's version of the deconstruction of stuff is called Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, a method that allows us to systematically tear apart any manufactured item into its components and their subsidiary industrial processes, and measure with near-surgical precision their impacts on nature from the beginning of their production through their final disposal.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a term used broadly to apply to any of a number of analytic techniques to evaluate the environmental impact of a material or a service throughout its life cycle from extraction or harvesting of raw materials through processing, manufacture, installation, use and ultimate disposal or recycling.
Sean McGinnis. Powerpoint slide: Green Engineering & Environmental Life Cycle Analysis at Virginia Tech.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA): A method base on scientific data for analyzing and quantifying environmental impacts of products, processes, and systems over their entire life cycle.
Use these synonyms when keyword searching Addison, Summon, and other databases:
Use the Subject search screen and search on the subject product life cycle - environmental aspects.
Individual ebooks are all cataloged in Summonn, so keyword and subject searches will find ebooks with broad coverage of LCA. Use the search functionality of these ebook sites to search the full text of their ebook collections for LCA topics.
Search or browse across the full text of over 1800 CRC engineering handbooks. Each chapter is available as a downloadable PDF. Our subscription does not include every ebook available through CRCnetBASE; be sure to limit to "Full access content only" when searching.
Knovel provides a large collection of ebooks on engineering and related subjects. Each chapter is presented as a separate PDF. The entire collection is full-text searchable, and many results include interactive tables. Includes tables of properties for over 13,000 chemical compounds. Limited to simultaneous users.
Engineering Village is the search interface to three engineering databases: Compendex, Inspec, and NTIS. Compendex indexes citations and abstracts from over 5,000 engineering journals, conference papers, books, patents, dissertations, and technical reports. Inspec indexes citations and abstracts from journal articles, conference proceedings, books, and dissertations in engineering and physical sciences. NTIS indexes citations and abstracts of National Technical Information Service reports and audiovisual materials from sources such as NASA and the departments of Energy and Defense. 1884-present.
This database indexes citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, conference papers, reference works, and dissertations (in full text PDFs) across multiple engineering and physical sciences databases on the ProQuest platform. Use the Databases link at the top of the screen to change which databases are searched. You can limit to peer-reviewed sources. 1982-present.
CAB Abstracts indexes citations and abstracts from journals, books, reports, handbooks, conference proceedings, field notes, and theses in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources, veterinary sciences, applied economics, nutrition, tourism, and the environment. Includes the CAB Abstracts Archive. Some full text available as PDFs. 1910s-present.
There are a multitude of LCA related pages on the web which Google will retrieve. Below is a selected list of sites that can be used as a starting point.