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.
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.
Sarah Cashman is a project manager and senior life cycle analyst who has played a key role in development of comprehensive LCA models and reports for public sector clients, industry associations, and private companies both domestically and internationally. 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. She also leads the development of customized life cycle models for clients in different software platforms. 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.
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.
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.
Troy Hottle is a Senior Environmental Sustainability & LCA Analyst with a Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University. Troy has worked on the application of life cycle assessment to evaluate and inform important topics including waste treatment systems, biopolymer degradation, vehicle mass reduction, and national energy inventories. Prior to working at ERG, Troy connected LCA tools and methodologies with energy modeling to gain new insights into the U.S. electricity grid as a Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During graduate school Troy served as a Project Drawdown Fellow, conducting research and coauthoring the New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown. He has worked with stakeholders from private businesses, corporations, non-profits, and government.
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.
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.
Caitlin Chiquelin is an Environmental Sustainability and LCA Analyst. Prior to coming to Franklin Associates, she earned her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she studied sustainability and industrial ecology. At Yale, Caitlin had the opportunity to develop her LCA skills through several client-facing projects in the apparel, health care, and consumer goods industries, including a cradle-to-gate LCA of bison meat. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a field biologist for environmental non-profits in Massachusetts. Caitlin received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.
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.
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.
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.