Quantifying the environmental burden of holiday gifts via a screening LCA

Christie Klimas

DePaul University

My research brings together ecology and economics, in urban and tropical settings, to address questions of sustainable resource use. Due to the economic drivers underlying resource use, economic knowledge is an essential component of sustainability. Indeed, economic studies have moved to the forefront of sustainable ecosystem management and recent research has focused on quantifying the monetary benefit of ecosystem services like pollination, water filtration, and carbon storage. From valuing tropical forests for their economic potential to quantifying the benefits of urban green space, a commonality in my research interests is working toward ecologically sustainable resource management that recognizes the role of citizen stakeholders. I am also interested in exploring sustainable consumption via life cycle assessment.


The environmental impact of consumption is concerning in a world of finite resources with an increasing global population. This impact is even more concerning when it includes the purchase of non-necessities, like holiday... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Christie Klimas (DePaul University)
  2. Sarah Nolimal (DePaul University)
  3. Benjamin Shaffer (DePaul University)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Sustainable consumption and production


TS-12 » Methodological developments towards sustainable consumption (11:30 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room I)

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