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Steven Young

  • Advisory Board
  • Sustainable Waterloo Region
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Research interests

materials efficiency carbon management life cycle assessment industrial ecology conflict minerals


Steven B. Young researches sustainable materials management (SMM), life-cycle assessment (LCA) and enterprise carbon management. His interests relate to corporate social responsibility (CSR), standards and assurance, industrial supply-chains, and approaches to assess sustainability of products and material systems. Since the early 1990s he has been researching and developing sustainability assessment approaches; evaluating the environmental performance of products, projects and technologies; and providing strategic advice to business organisations. Dr Young has founded two management consulting companies, and has consulted to a wide range of government agencies, international associations, and multinational corporations. Dr. Young was on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Sustainable Waterloo Region (2010-12). He was an author for the international ISO 14000 environmental management standards. A Professional Engineer, he holds degrees from University of Alberta and University of Toronto. He has published in popular and academic journals on research in corporate responsibility, life-cycle assessment, carbon footprinting, GHG management, and sustainable materials management. Dr. Young’s home department is SEED and he is cross-appointed in ERS. He advises students in SEED, ERS and Engineering. Funded opportunities for several graduate students are available to 2014. CURRENT RESEARCH: • LCA of bio-based materials and novel bio-products including improved life cycle assessment methods, indicators for agri-food systems, and databases on agricultural and biomass feedstocks. The overall BioNIB project includes a network of partners from farms, to materials, to manufacturing, to final uses in automotive and other sectors. • Conflict minerals and responsible sourcing in supply-chains of metals from mines to brand-name electronics. Multiple partners and disciplines converge, including business, CSR, mining and metallurgy, governance, international development and sustainability assessment. • Life cycle assessment of materials in vehicles and beyond: 1) Value chains of lithium and other metals in Li-ion batteries, for electric vehicles (EV) and other applications. 2) Critical materials to new energy technologies. 3) Product category rules (PCR) for LCA of materials in automotive parts and lightweighting. • Enterprise carbon management, especially measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of GHGs; including LCA, product carbon footprints, trade of goods, and business carbon strategies.


Co-authors (64)

Publications (5)

  • Comparative safety risk and the use of repurposed EV batteries for stationary energy storage

    • Catton J
    • Walker S
    • McInnis P
    • et al.
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  • Life cycle perspectives on the sustainability of Ontario greenhouse tomato production: Benchmarking and improvement opportunities

    • Dias G
    • Ayer N
    • Khosla S
    • et al.
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  • Assessing energy performance of bio-based succinic acid production using LCA

    • Moussa H
    • Elkamel A
    • Young S
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  • Extending the geopolitical supply risk indicator: Application of life cycle sustainability assessment to the petrochemical supply chain of polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers

    • Helbig C
    • Gemechu E
    • Pillain B
    • et al.
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  • Life cycle assessment of a business telephone

    • Brickman L
    • Coulon R
    • Nehring R
    • et al.

Professional experience

Advisory Board

Sustainable Waterloo Region

July 2012 - Present

Audit Review Committee (ARC)

EICC/GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFS)

January 2012 - Present

Chair - Technical committee on Environmental Management, Subcommittee 5 (SC5) on Life Cycle Asses

Standards Council of Canada Mirror Committee (SMC) to the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)

January 2006 - Present

Associate Professor

University of Waterloo

September 1999 - Present



Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto

September 1989 - April 1996(7 years)


Centre for Biomaterials, University of Toronto

September 1987 - April 1989(2 years)

BASc - Honours Coop

Metallurgical Engineering, University of Alberta

September 1982 - April 1987(5 years)