This talk delves into the imperative task of quantifying sustainability in our ever-evolving landscape. Recognizing the pivotal role of life cycle assessment (LCA) and lifecycle thinking, the discussion explores how these methodologies offer a comprehensive lens for evaluating the environmental impacts of products, processes, and systems. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of life stages, we unveil the synergies between LCA and lifecycle thinking in fostering a deeper understanding of sustainability metrics. Through real-world examples and case studies, we demonstrate the efficacy of this holistic approach in driving informed decision-making and fostering responsible practices across industries. As we venture into a future where environmental consciousness is non-negotiable, this talk aims to equip participants with the insights and tools needed to navigate the green frontier and champion meaningful strides towards a more sustainable and decarbonized world.
Prof. Sami G. Al-Ghamdi is a Professor of Sustainable Built Environment and Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), boasting a comprehensive academic background, including a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (2015), an M.Sc. in civil and construction engineering from Western Michigan University (2010), and a B.Sc. in architecture and building science from King Saud University (2005). Prof. Al-Ghamdi and through his KAUST's URBAN LAB leads pioneering research efforts focused on the intricacies of the built environment. His work revolves around innovative solutions to combat climate change and optimize energy, water, and material consumption, ultimately enriching the quality of life.