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dc.contributor.authorCimprich, Alexander 13:06:37 (GMT) 13:06:37 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I advance methods and data for organizational life cycle assessment (O-LCA) through a novel application that supports sustainability management in healthcare. In essence, the term sustainability management broadly encompasses decision-making for sustainability – considering environmental, social, and economic aspects – at all levels of coupled human and natural systems (e.g., at the level of individuals, organizations, municipalities, provinces, countries, and international bodies). In Chapter 1, I establish the conceptual foundations for the work presented in Chapters 2-4. In Chapter 2 (co-authored with Jair Santillán-Saldivar, Cassandra Thiel, Guido Sonnemann, and Steven B. Young), I conduct a comprehensive scoping review of the literature on “healthcare sustainability” – based on a representative sample from over 1,700 articles published between 1987 and 2017 – that highlights largely untapped opportunities to use industrial ecology approaches (such as LCA) to build an evidence base for this burgeoning domain of sustainability management. In Chapter 3 (co-authored with Steven B. Young), I constructively critique the existing methodology for O-LCA, with concrete proposals – particularly the use of basic statistical sampling and inference techniques – to strike a better balance of scientific rigour and practical feasibility in O-LCA. In Chapter 4 (co-authored with Steven B. Young), I test and demonstrate these proposals through an O-LCA of a Canadian hospital, in which I compiled new LCA data for approximately 200 goods and services used in healthcare. Finally, in Chapter 5, I reflect upon my contributions in this thesis, and on opportunities for future work.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectlife cycle assessmenten
dc.subjectorganizational life cycle assessmenten
dc.subjectenvironmental footprinten
dc.subjecthealthcare sustainabilityen
dc.titleImproving Organizational Life Cycle Assessment (O-LCA) through a Hospital Case Studyen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse of Environment, Enterprise and Developmenten Managementen of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen
uws.contributor.advisorYoung, Steven
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Environmenten

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