Workshop to explore harmonization of value-based MCDA analysis methodologies for use in sustainability decision-making
To be held Monday, May 16. 2016
7:30 am to noon (with possible extension later in the week)
In conjunction with the ISSST Conference
Assessing the sustainability of one solution or policy over another is rarely a simple issue. Alternatives are often better in one aspect of sustainability, human health or ecotoxicity for example, and worse in another. Seldom does a single alternative satisfy all stakeholders. To address this need, numerous Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) methodologies are being used to help industry, NGOs and governmental policy-makers assess the sustainability of decisions and policies. These methodologies appear to be converging around several concepts: stakeholder engagement and value-based assessment to name two. However, with so many different concepts being discussed in different terms by different organizations, there is no apparent consensus on methodology. This leaves organizations searching for a solution having to wade through the different methodologies before they can even start to apply them.
The goal of this workshop is to bring these different methods into some kind of harmonization. By identifying what is common between the methods and naming them in the same way, we hope to make all of them more acceptable to government and industry decision makers.
It may be that for different types of decisions, different MDCA methods are more appropriate. In addition to sharing best practices, we hope to identify the “must have” features of different types of analyses. While a long-term goal is to create a standard methodology, it will likely take a number of years before these evolving methodologies are ready for that step.
- Introduction to some of what is happening now
- Traditional MCDA techniques: MAUT, AHP, Outranking – Igor Linkov
- MCDA as performed by BASF – Markus Frank (tentative)
- Sustainable Return on Investment – John Parker
- Sustainability Return on Investment – Lise Laurin
- What are the most important criteria for a successful methodology?
- What is common between these methods? Can we identify common ways to talk about these things?
- What areas still need work?
- How do we communicate this beyond today?
Applicable conference sessions
Monday, May 16
2:00-3:30 pm [SESSION 1]
Track 1, 2 & 8: Decision Making for Resilient Infrastructure
- Assessing Risk and Resilience for Critical Infrastructure Systems Using Enumeration and Bounding Arguments, Alderson, David L.; Carlyle, W. Matthew
- Incorporating Resilience into Green Buildings: Analysis of the LEED Rating System, Champagne, Cassandra Lyn; Aktas, Can B.
- Bridging sociotechnical networks for critical infrastructure resilience: South Korean Case Study, Eisenberg, Daniel Alexander ; Park, Jeryang; Kim, Donghwan; Seager, Thomas Payson
- Offsetting Climate Change-Related Increases in Residential Energy Demand through Energy Efficiency Policies, Reyna, Janet Lorel; Chester, Mikhail V
4:00-5:30 pm [SESSION 2]
Track 1 & 8: Decision Support for Buildings & Infrastructure
- Developing an integrated multi-criteria decision framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings, Mirzaee, Sahar; Ruth, Matthias
- Evaluating Sustainability of Buildings using Multi-Criteria Decision Tools, Rajagopalan, Neethi; Venditti, Richard; Kelley, Stephen
- Benefit-Cost Analysis of Wind Energy in the Philippines, Tamayao, Mili-Ann Maguigad (1,3); Danao, Louis Angelo (2,3); Soriano, Virginia Jose (1)
- MODELING INTERDEPENDENCIES OF INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS IN THE INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS AND DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK , Oh, Young Joon; Janssen, Marco A.; Anderies, John M.
Tuesday, May 17
8:30-10:00 [SESSION 3]
Track 1: Decision Support for Sustainability in Materials & Electronics
- Evaluating opportunities to improve material and energy impacts in commodity supply chains, Hanes, Rebecca Jan; Carpenter, Alberta
- Multi-criteria decision support for sustainable material choices: An application in the shipping sector, Niekamp, Stefanie (1,2); Bharadwaj, Ujjwal R (1); Sadhukhan, Jhuma (2); Chryssanthopoulos, Marios R (2)
- Nano-silver shirts: a case study for sustainability, Hicks, Andrea L
- Using Multi-criteria Decision Making Methods for Tradeoff Assessment, Namin, Amirtaher Abdollahi; Erbis, Serkan; Kamarthi, Sagar; Isaacs, Jacqueline
10:30-12:00 [SESSION 4]
Track 6: Innovations in Methods
- Unknown pollution: Knowledge Gridlock of Environmental Research in the High-tech Sector, Tu, Wen-Ling
- Uncertainty distributions in matrix-based LCA model – a new estimation method, Chen, Xiaoju; Griffin, W.Michael; Matthews, H. Scott
- Sensitivity-based research prioritization through stochastic characterization modeling, Wender, Ben A (1); Prado, Valentina (2); Cano, Alex (1); Seager, Thomas (1)
- Striving for Standards in Sustainability, Parker, John C. (1); Williams, John F. (2)
Track 4: Sustainability in Agriculture
- From Life Cycle Assessment to Crop Management Support – A Case Study from India, Frank, Markus
- Diary Reading of Grass Root Level Institutions as an Ethnographic Tool to Locate Participation, Empowerment and Sustainability: Story of a Farmers’ Self-help Group (SHG) in South India, Kachumbron, Mini
- The Future of Sustainable Food Systems – Technological Optimism Vs. Environmental Purism, Berardy, Andrew James
- Robust Optimization Evaluation of Reliance on Locally Produce Foods, Dundar, Bayram (1); McGarvey, Ronald G. (1,2); Costello, Christine (3)