Brandie M. Sebastian, LCA-CP, Sustainability Practice Co-Lead
Brandie M. Sebastian has over thirteen years of professional sustainability experience, including nearly seven years of sustainability consulting and over six years managing the sustainability program and serving as the in-house life cycle assessment (LCA) expert for a materials industry association. She now co-leads JBE’s sustainability practice.
Brandie earned her Bachelors’ degree in Environmental Systems Engineering and her Masters’ in Energy & Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University. Her experience includes conducting, managing, and reviewing life cycle assessment and carbon footprint studies in the materials, energy, construction, automotive, healthcare, and consumer product sectors. She is also adept at collecting and disseminating life cycle inventory data, and is experienced at developing Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), strategic planning, and sustainability metrics and reporting initiatives. She has actively participated in the development of numerous sustainability standards through ASTM and ISO by serving on technical committees focusing on LCA, EPD, greenhouse gas (GHG) management, and Circular Economy standards. She is knowledgeable about green building rating systems, including LEED, the Living Building Challenge, and Green Globes, and related concepts like whole building LCA, EPDs, and product health declarations. Brandie is a seasoned speaker and has presented at many national and international conferences and events as well as large and small technical meetings. Her additional experience includes human health risk assessments, sustainable energy planning for local governments, benchmarking studies, stakeholder engagement initiatives, and environmental impact assessment and permitting.
She also serves as the Vice Chair/Secretary of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA), a not-for-profit organization aiming to promote the ethical use of LCA in decision-making, since 2014 and she served on the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Board of Directors from 2014-2019. She earned and has maintained her LCA Certified Practitioner (LCA-CP) credential since 2013.
Brandie lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her talented husband, two small children, and an Australian Shepherd. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, and seeing various genres of live music and theater at venues throughout the Steel City.
Previous Work Experience Highlights:
LCA and Carbon Footprinting – Served as the technical lead or project manager for numerous LCA and carbon footprinting studies. Highlights include a whole building LCA study of three functionally equivalent wood and steel framed building designs in three separate climate zones in the U.S., along with an optimization study for the steel-framed designs; two ISO critically reviewed LCA studies, including a consequential LCA, comparing advanced high-strength steel to aluminum used to lightweight various North American vehicle types; and an LCA scoping study and literature review of three alternative used oil management pathways. Supported other studies in a technical role, including carbon footprints of two new medical device products compared to existing counterparts to determine comparative energy, water, and consumables usage; carbon footprinting of consumer products, including trash bags, egg products, CFLs and incandescent lightbulbs, and reusable cloth bags and plastic bags; and a comparative LCA of plastic versus wooden shipping pallets.
Data Collection and Metrics – Lead the collection of LCI data for the North American steel industry that will inform updated industry average LCI datasets for seven mill-level products. Served as a reviewer for two steel product manufacturing and fabrication LCI studies. Conducted a formal evaluation of the data collection and reporting process for sustainability metrics of multiple companies in the food and beverage industry and developed recommendations for improvement.
PCRs and EPDs – Co-lead the development of the first North American Steel Construction Product PCR and served on the PCR Committee for the revision to the Metal Panels PCR. Managed the development of the first industry-wide EPD for cold-formed steel studs and framing. Served as a technical resource to numerous steel construction product associations during the development of their industry-wide EPDs. Participated in the steel expert stakeholder group providing feedback to the development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, which is meant to inform low-carbon procurement for the construction sector and uses published EPDs to source product GWPs.
Standards Development – Actively participated in the development and revision of technical sustainability standards through ASTM E60 (Sustainability), U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO TC 207 (LCA, EPD, and GHG management), ISO TC 59 (Sustainability of Buildings and Construction Works), and ISO TC 323 (Circular Economy), and as a U.S. Expert to ISO TC 17, WG 24 (Life Cycle Inventory Calculation Methodology for Steel Products).