Group Seeks Manufacturers for Product Life Cycle Assessment

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Green Building Alliance has launched the Appalachian Sustainable Products Network and is inviting regional manufacturers to participate in a no-cost Life Cycle Assessment of products.

Green Building Alliance members include the Youngstown Business Incubator and Brite Energy Innovators of Warren, along with West Virginia University – including WVU Extension and Vantage Ventures– and Catalyst Connection of Pittsburgh.

The Appalachian Sustainable Products Network is “an initiative to position our region at the forefront of transformative change to meet the growing demand for products driving energy-efficient buildings and infrastructure,” according to its website.

Up to six manufacturers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia will be enrolled in the network’s no-cost pilot Life Cycle Assessment from April through June.

Architects/designers, manufacturers, building owners, construction firms, producers and wholesale/retail trade businesses, as well as Upper Appalachian support organizations, can learn about the Appalachian Sustainable Products Network and the Life Cycle Assessment by visiting the network’s website

“By strengthening the reliability and growing the scope of the region’s manufacturing supply chain in sustainable building products, the Appalachian Sustainable Products Network will contribute to the regeneration of Upper Appalachia as it transitions from the extractive industries that once fueled its economy,” said Jenna Cramer, president and CEO of the Green Building Alliance.

“By supporting and equipping regional manufacturers to respond to rising demand for products and materials used in energy-efficient building, design, construction and infrastructure, ASPN will help to accelerate Upper Appalachia’s economic transformation,” said Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection. “This collaborative effort will not only enable local manufacturers to become stronger and more competitive, it will also drive job growth and open new opportunities for workforce development in the region, all while addressing the very real impacts of climate change.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.