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Ben Young

Senior Life Cycle Analyst

Both companies and the public sector have to assess environmental tradeoffs in the face of limited resources. LCA is a great tool for assessing those tradeoffs and making choices consistent with values. By generating high-quality public data and LCA tools, we provide the underlying data necessary for effective decision-making.

Ben Young (he/him/his) is a senior life cycle analyst specializing in developing life cycle inventories for energy systems and performing input-output life cycle assessment. He has created custom Excel-based tools to understand LCA results and perform scenario analyses for diverse sectors including petrochemicals, agriculture and biofuels, petroleum systems, and waste. He leads the development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s U.S. Environmentally-Extended Input-Output model and related state-level models, which are used by stakeholders for scope 3 greenhouse gas reporting, circularity assessments, and sustainable materials management. He is also an expert on the openLCA software and has delivered tailored trainings to clients and public webinars. While supporting several federal agencies, his work has contributed to the Federal LCA Commons.

Ben earned a B.S. in biology from Davidson College and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In his free time, Ben enjoys skiing and hiking, and cooking with his family.