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Changemakers Season 2 Episode 2: Dr. Shawn Hunter & Life Cycle Assessment

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Changemakers is a podcast of the U.S. Green Building Council. The show goes beyond the buildings and into the lives of known and unknown champions of sustainability. This series features remarkable individuals—some who are seasoned pros and others who are sharing their stories for the first time. We are talking to you, our amazing green building community. Changemakers is meant to bring more light into your life. Intimate, thought-provoking and eye-opening conversations will leave you feeling inspired, teach you something new about our movement, and maybe even move you to action.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: June 30, 2017



In the built environment, we tend to focus on the end result of the work we do – the building, the space, the community. But what about the impacts from what happens before the building is constructed or after it is no longer in use?

This more holistic thinking is growing in popularity and the subject of intense study. It’s called life-cycle assessment or LCA. For this edition of Changemakers, we sit down with Dr. Shawn Hunter, the Global Product Sustainability Leader for the Dow Chemical Company. In this role, he oversees product stewardship and sustainability efforts for building and construction at Dow. Not only does Dr. Hunter have a deep understanding of life cycle assessment, but he puts it into practice, everyday.

The podcast is located under "Additional Resources" on the right side of the page.


  1. Understand the significance of life-cycle assessment (LCA)
  2. Learn how LCA thinking has been added to LEED v4
  3. Breakthrough through the feeling of paralysis - that climate change is too big to change
  4. Make small and smart changes to live more sustainably at home
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