SolidWorks has announced the promise of SustainabilityXpress, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software to aid in making design decisions informed by environmental impact. You can visit SolidWorks' announcement to sign up for notification of availability. It will be interesting to discover how rigorous a process is used to validate the significant claims for the software. It is claimed to provide: Carbon Footprint (production of greenhouse gasses) Total Energy Consumed, Effect on Air, and Effect on Water. This is quite an ambitious assessment suite to place at the designer's fingertips. I hope to be able to marvel at it's capability and accuracy when it arrives.