Life-Cycle Assessment as a Comparative Analysis Tool to Measure Brownfield Redevelopment Sustainability

Thomas A. Brecheisen

University of Illinois at Chicago

Tom earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in May 2017.  Previously, he had earned his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UIC after he graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. As part of his doctoral research at UIC, Tom was involved with a multidisciplinary consortium of researchers from three universities, two private sector practitioners, one non-profit organization and one federal governmental organization in an effort to identify the economic, environmental and social benefits associated with the sustainable development of brownfields.  He is currently in the process of publishing two articles related to this research. At the same time, Tom is an Illinois-licensed professional engineer and environmental consultant, working with both public and private property developers restoring brownfield properties to productive uses in the Chicago metropolitan area.  He also holds professional engineering licenses in Indiana and Michigan. Tom is also teaching environmental studies courses at Northeastern Illinois University in both the traditional face-to-face and the online learning environments.  Tom's courses include an introduction to environmental studies, physical geography and natural resources conservation, with an interdisciplinary focus on global sustainability.  


Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool that can be used to characterize the performance of brownfield redevelopment activities in conformance with the sustainability paradigm, which involves the simultaneous accomplishment of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Thomas A. Brecheisen (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  2. Thomas Theis (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Topic Area

• Life cycle sustainability assessment


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