2016, 2017


Arundel, ME

The Landing School of Boat Building and Design

Life Cycle Analysis for Low-Impact Commercial Boat Building

Sustainable development is traditionally defined as development that meets the needs of the present while not compromising the needs of the future. Some define sustainable design as focused on balancing three Ps: prosperity, people, and the planet. The Landing School launched an exciting new research and boat building program to determine the feasibility of constructing wood and composite boats that are affordable, constructed from local materials, and have a dramatically reduced impact on the environment, specifically boats with very low, zero, or net negative carbon footprints. The focus of this effort was on the materials used to build common boat designs and developing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool that can be used by designers and manufacturers to choose materials that have a smaller carbon footprint associated with a product from its production, to transportation, through the end of its life cycle. The LCA tool can effectively support manufactur