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Alberta Carpenter

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Alberta Carpenter is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Life Cycle Assessment Engineer/Analyst
On staff since 2004
Phone number: 303-275-4232
E-mail: alberta.carpenter@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Life cycle assessment in industrial by-product management, waste management, biofuels and manufacturing technologies
  • Life cycle inventory database management

Primary research interests

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle inventory management
  • Biofuels
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Supply chain analysis

Education and background training

  • Ph.D in environmental engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2009
  • M.S. in environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004
  • B.S. in ocean engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1993

Prior work experience

  • U.S. Navy, 5 years
  • GE Medical, San Jose, CA, 1 year
  • Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 3 years

Other affiliations

  • Member of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment

Selected publications

Carpenter, A.; Gardner, K.; Fopiano, J.; Benson, C.; Edil, T. (2007). Life Cycle Based Risk Assessment of Recycled Materials in Roadway Construction. Waste Management. Volume 27, Issue 10, p. 1458-1464.

Carpenter, A. and Gardner, K. (2009). Use of Industrial By-Products in Urban Transportation Infrastructure: argument for increased industrial symbiosis. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Volume 13, Issue 6, p. 965-977.

Carpenter, A. (2009). Sustainable Management of Industrial Capital: LCA and Spatial Analysis in Decision Making For Beneficial Use of Industrial By-Products. Dissertation, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New Hampshire.

UNEP/SETAC Global Guidance Principles for Life Cycle Assessment Databases: A Basis for Greener Processes and Products - Shonan Guidance Principles. (2011). Chapter 4, Data Documentation, Review and Management co-author. UNEP DTIE: Paris, France.

Carpenter, A.; Jambeck, J.; Gardner, K.; and Weitz, K. (2013). Life Cycle Assessment of End-of-Life Management Options for Construction and Demolition Debris. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Volume 17, Issue 3, p. 396-406.

Full list of Alberta Carpenter publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Yoga, cooking, hiking, running, reading