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Birdie Carpenter

Researcher IV-Environmental Engineering | 303-275-4232

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

Areas of Expertise

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

Research Interests

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


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
Member ASTM Sustainable Manufacturing Technical Subcommittee Member
Technical Advisory Board for Sustainable Minds Transparency Report Program

Featured Publications

Zhang, Yimin, Garvin Heath, Alberta Carpenter, and Noah Fisher. "Air Pollutant Emissions Inventory of Large-Scale Production of Selected Biofuels Feedstocks in 2022." Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 10, no. 1 (January/February 2016): 56-69. NREL/JA-6A20-63799. doi:10.1002/bbb.1620.

Wiser, Ryan H., Trieu Mai, Dev Millstein, Jordan Macknick, Alberta Carpenter, Stuart Cohen, Wesley Cole, Bethany Frew, and Garvin Heath. 2016. On the Path to SunShot: The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Solar Penetrations in the United States. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65628.

Wiser, R., G. Barbose, J. Heeter, T. Mai, L. Bird, M. Bolinger, A. Carpenter, G. Heath, D. Keyser, J. Macknick, A. Mills, and D. Millstein. 2016. A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards. Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL/TP-6A20-65005.

Carpenter, A., K. Gardner, J. Fopiano, C. Benson, and T. Edil. "Life Cycle Based Risk Assessment of Recycled Materials in Roadway Construction." Waste Management 27, no. 10 (2007): 1458-64. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2007.03.007

Carpenter, A. and K. Gardner. "Use of Industrial By-Products in Urban Transportation Infrastructure: argument for increased industrial symbiosis." Journal of Industrial Ecology 13, no. 6 (2009): 965-77. doi:10.1111/j.1530-9290.2009.00175.x

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

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

Carpenter, A., J. Jambeck, K. Gardner, and K. Weitz. "Life Cycle Assessment of End-of-Life Management Options for Construction and Demolition Debris." Journal of Industrial Ecology 17, no. 3 (June 2013): 396-406. doi:10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00568.x

Full list of Alberta Carpenter publications (NREL).