McKone and Nazaroff Recognized for Top Paper

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The editors of the journal Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) selected a paper by two COEH scientists, Thomas McKone and William S. Nazaroff, as one of its top three Features in 2011.

Each year, ES&T associate editors nominate 100 papers of outstanding quality from among 1,500 papers published in four categories: Environmental Science, Technology, Policy Analysis, and Feature. Members of the ES&T Editorial Advisory Board then select the final top papers in each category. Editor-in-Chief Jerald L. Schnoor chose the Feature by McKone and Nazaroff, “Grand Challenges for Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels,” as one of the journal’s finest.

“To address energy security and climate-change, substitutes are needed for petroleum-based transportation fuels,” the authors point out. Their paper summarizes key challenges scientists must address using life-cycle assessment (LCA)—a methodology for evaluating the environmental “footprint” of biofuel alternatives.1 McKone and his colleagues focus on their LCA experience with crop and plant-based biofuels.

Lead author McKone is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and a senior staff scientist in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Nazaroff, the paper’s second author, is the Daniel Tellep Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs for UC Berkeley’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Arpad Horvath, who is last author, is a professor in the Engineering and Project Management Program as well as the Energy, Civil Infrastructure, and Climate Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Their research was supported by the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley.

1McKone, T. E.; Nazaroff, W. W.; Berck, P.; Auffhammer, M.; Lipman, T.; Torn, M. S.; Masanet, E.; Lobscheid, A.; Santero, N.; Mishra, U.; Barrett, A.; Bomberg, M.; Fingerman, K.; Scown, C.; Strogen, B.; Horvath, A. Grand Challenges for Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels. Environ. Sci. Technol.2011, 45 (5), 1751–1756 (DOI: 10.1021/es103579c).

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