Sarah Cashman is the director of life cycle services at Franklin Associates, A Division of ERG and an ERG vice president. She has more than 12 years of experience at ERG managing projects to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of processes and products for public sector clients, industry associations, and private companies. She has served as the technical lead for more than 60 comprehensive life cycle models, including comparative studies for a variety of packaging technologies. She develops intuitive screening levels tools in Excel, openLCA, and web-based formats for clients to run ad hoc assessments of product life cycles. Sarah joined Franklin Associates after completing her master's degree in sustainable systems with a focus on industrial ecology at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. She specializes in the LCA software SimaPro and openLCA as well as application of impact assessment methodologies. Her other expertise includes primary data collection, construction of life cycle inventory databases and models, development of presentations for non-technical audiences, and preparation of LCA reports. Through her work, she has gained a strong technical knowledge of consumer packaging systems, current and emerging water treatment technologies, chemical manufacturing, energy resources and technologies, building products, and agricultural operations. Sarah serves on the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) Advisory Board and the ACLCA-SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) North American LCA Interest Group Steering Committee and is a co-chair of the ACLCA-SETAC working group on indirect emissions accounting.
Mariya Absar is an Environmental Sustainability and LCA Analyst. She has a diverse background in life cycle assessment, climate change adaptation, and environmental policy. She joined Franklin Associates after completing her PhD in Energy Science and Engineering from a joint degree program between University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As an LCA analyst at ERG, she develops life cycle inventories from both primary and secondary data sources, constructs complex parameterized life cycle assessment models, and interprets results for clients. Her LCA experience includes performing a life cycle assessment of water and carbon footprints of shale gas production, comparing packaging options in the beverage industry and comparing an atmospheric water generator against bottled water. Her other expertise includes studying the impacts of climate change using economic analysis and socioeconomic scenarios to inform adaptation policies both nationally and internationally. She earned her master's degree in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Shanika Amarakoon is a Senior Environmental Engineer with 20 years of experience leading LCA projects related to renewable energy technologies for federal and state agencies. Specifically, she has led LCA studies of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and next generation photovoltaic cells. As part of these studies she led the collection of life cycle inventory data, modeling (using openLCA and other applications), and analysis and presentation of results. Her studies have been published and presented at the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment, U.S. EPA, and Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory. In addition to LCA, she has led studies related to climate change impacts, water resources, sustainability, and program evaluation. Ms. Amarakoon holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University and a Master of Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
Sam Arden is a senior environmental engineer with over 10 years of experience in water resources, ecological engineering and urban water management fields. He has worked in consulting, academia and as an EPA contractor, and brings a balanced perspective to the projects he works on. Sam came to Franklin Associates, a Division of ERG shortly after completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida's Center for Environmental Policy, where he worked collaboratively with EPA and ERG staff to evaluate more integrative approaches to urban water management using a suite of methods including Emergy, LCA and Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment. Prior to his doctoral work, Sam worked as an environmental consultant on a range of water resource projects including small and large-scale wetland restorations, stormwater management plans and environmental site design.
Emelyn Chiang, LCA Analyst, joined Franklin Associates after receiving an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and a B.A. in Engineering and Environmental Science & Policy from Smith College. Emelyn's capstone project quantified the environmental and financial impact of replacing beef and dairy products with environmentally conscious alternatives. Emelyn also interned at Carbon180, where she conducted extensive research on carbon capture and storage pathways and became well versed in engineering techniques used to remove and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. She also served as a diversity & bias research analysis intern for LEGO's Women's Brick Initiative. Emelyn brings expertise in digital media, including serving as a communications & organizational intern at Community Action Works. At Franklin Associates, Emelyn is supporting life cycle projects including assessments of the environmental impacts of food waste disposal and plastic recycling technologies.
Ashley Edelen is an Environmental Sustainability & LCA Analyst with a Master of Engineering from the Technical University of Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, and a Master of Science from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. She also holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining ERG, she worked extensively with LCA data quality management and data management, including working to develop standard formatting for US federally developed datasets as a Fellow at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also has experience conducting wastewater management and renewable energy grid stabilization research for the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
Danny Hage is an Environmental Sustainability and LCA Analyst. Danny joined Franklin Associates after receiving his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). As an analyst, he prepares government life cycle inventories for transition into LCA modeling software, conducts life cycle assessments, and assembles LCA reports. Prior to Franklin Associates, Danny used LCA as an undergraduate to quantify and analyze the environmental burdens from the construction of a green-certified industrial building in Thailand. Based off his analysis, he and a few classmates published a paper proposing further energy-reductive pathways for the building. His academic background and diverse travel experiences have allowed him to gain insight into a wide range of sustainability initiatives in both domestic and international contexts.
Andrew Henderson is a forward-thinking senior environmental engineer with over 10 years of experience in systems thinking, cross-disciplinary work and communication, fate and transport modeling, and application of LCA to large systems. Andrew has worked in both academia (University of Texas School of Public Health) and in government (US Environmental Protection Agency's National Risk Management Research Laboratory). Andrew has worked with clients ranging from US agricultural groups to the US Department of Defense to international metal associations. He has served on two task forces for the United Nations Environment Programme - Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (UNEP-SETAC) Life Cycle Initiative effort to harmonize LCIA methods: as a member of the Cross-Cutting Issues task force and as a Co-chair of the Acidification/Eutrophication task force. Some of his current research interests include bringing spatially and temporally-resolved, multimedia fate and transport data into LCA; application of ecosystem service models in novel settings; and developing global models for sector-based occupational health. Andrew holds Ph.D. and Master's degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and University of Texas, respectively, and a B.A. in Physics from Williams College.
Melissa Huff is a senior project manager and life cycle analyst specializing in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database projects. Hired and mentored by Bill Franklin, she has watched the LCA field mature and transform and finds it inspiring to be working in such a dynamic and significant field. During her 25 years of LCA experience, she has conducted LCI and LCA studies for Asian, European and North American clients, and served as project manager on dozens of public and private LCI/LCA projects. She has authored and presented numerous publications providing insight on her projects over the years. She also manages Franklin Associates' data within the U.S. LCI database. Melissa enjoys interacting with clients, providing the LCA scientific analysis required to meet their goals.
Anne Marie Molen supports a variety of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) projects as well as projects focused on waste characterization. She has a background in analytical chemistry and previously worked for MRIGlobal (formerly Midwest Research Institute) as a chemist. At MRI, she led method development efforts for preliminary analysis of PCB's and Dioxins. Following her work at MRI, Anne Marie served as a technical advisor for a large clinical reference laboratory focusing on molecular biology and pathology specialty testing. She has experience with Franklin Associates' private and public LCI databases. Her primary responsibilities include research, data collection, modeling, and technical report writing.
Ben Morelli is an Environmental Sustainability and LCA Analyst with over 5 years of experience conducting LCA studies. Ben joined Franklin Associates, a Division of ERG after completing his master's degree in environmental management and industrial ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He works fluently in both SimaPro and openLCA software packages, with experience in LCA methods development, inventory construction, impact assessment and report writing. He has performed environmental analyses across many sectors including consumer products, residential construction, cookstoves and petroleum refining. Ben specializes in assessment of the water and wastewater sectors including anaerobic co-digestion, nutrient removal and recovery, and non-potable reuse. He received his undergraduate degree in ecological engineering from Oregon State University, where he studied water resource engineering.
Beverly Sauer is a senior project manager and life cycle analyst with over 25 years of experience conducting and managing life cycle assessments (LCAs) for a wide range of clients. She works closely with clients to design cost-effective analyses that will provide them with the information they need to meet their objectives. She particularly enjoys evaluating innovative materials and product designs and developing interactive tools that clients can use to evaluate a wide variety of scenarios for design, use, and end-of-life management of their products. Bev has served on the advisory committee for the U.S. LCI Database and the advisory council of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) and has authored chapters in two textbooks on LCA.
Shelly Schneider is a senior project manager and environmental scientist in solid waste management with over 20 years of experience in the field. Shelly has extensive experience in analysis of waste management alternatives and in waste characterization. Her clients have ranged from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to state, regional, and local government agencies.
Ben Young 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 is also an expert on the openLCA software and has delivered tailored trainings to clients and public webinars. While supporting a number of 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.