Sustainable Minds Named ‘Cool Vendor’ in Product Design and Life Cycle Management by Gartner

May 7

CAMBRIDGE, MA – MAY 7, 2013 – Sustainable Minds, a provider of life cycle assessment software solutions, was named one of Gartner’s 2013 Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management for. The list of Cool Vendors is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. The company was recognized as a distinguished source of software tools and knowledge regarding product design and environmental life cycle assessment.

Gartner suggests managers responsible for developing positive brand image and ensuring best environmental design practices across all manufacturing industries, should prioritize the use of Sustainable Minds.

“This vendor is cool because it enables product lifecycle stakeholders including business analysts, product managers, marketers, and R&D team members such as engineers and designers, to make sustainable design choices early in product development before manufacturers make commitments to materials, manufacturing processes, service operations, modes of usage, or disposal methods that might be less than environmentally friendly,” said Marc Halpern, VP Research Manufacturing Advisory Services, Engineering, R&D, PLM.

Sustainable Minds software platform helps companies operationalize environmental performance into the early stages of product development to benchmark products and identify hotspots. The hotspots identify what’s causing the major contributions; identify greatest opportunities for improvement, and what primary and supply chain data to acquire to model products as the manufacturer makes them. Using a simplified and standardized methodology, with science from government sources, the complexity of the life cycle impacts are presented in easy to interpret visual results, with the capability to rapidly evaluate and compare product variations and options.

“We consider our inclusion in Gartner’s Cool Vendor report confirmation of our mission to enable customers, from the earliest design stages, to leverage the power of environmental performance metrics to model and improve overall product and business performance,” said Terry Swack CEO and Founder of Sustainable Minds. “We continue to innovate while we execute on our product development roadmap, exemplified with the launch this month of SM v3.0 with an expanded data set, specifically targeting the nonwovens and building product industries. We will continue to deliver a truly revolutionary product, that will maintain our position as a though leader and the #1 cloud based LCA software.”

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact.

Sustainable Minds® is the #1 cloud life cycle assessment (LCA) software for greener product innovation used by industry and education in 600 locations in 60 countries worldwide. Sustainable Minds’ easy-to-use, standardized solution makes it possible for manufacturers across the value chain – large and small – to dynamically evaluate, compare and improve their products' environmental performance by integrating life cycle thinking and LCA into their product development processes. The company has been recognized by Gartner® in its 2013 Cool Vendor Report as ‘innovative, impactful and intriguing.’ To learn why, visit or call 617 401-2269.

Sustainable Minds on Twitter @sustainablemnds

© 2009-2013, Sustainable Minds and are registered trademarks of Sustainable Minds, LLC.

For more information, contact:
Terry Swack, CEO & Founder
Sustainable Minds
One Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02140