Monday, November 2, 2015

Big Data Challenges (and Opportunities) of Next Generation Sustainability Management

November 2, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
(there will be pizza!)
HHH Room 215

Please join us for a STEP-FAR Fall seminar with Dr. Tim M. Smith. 

From energy management to supply chain and marketing operations, identifying where and when to engage in sustainability requires unprecedented visibility and understanding of market, operational, and natural/social system dynamics. Particularly facing large firms with global production and distribution networks, finding CO2, water and material efficiencies - and managing exposure risks - requires looking beyond annual, national, or company-wide averages to high-resolution big data solutions.  In the context of industrial energy management and food chain strategic sourcing, Dr. Smith will illustrate firm-specific spatial and temporal variability of sustainability performance and introduce new pathways for sensing and analytics technologies across facility, companies and value chain networks.

About Dr. Smith:

Dr. Timothy M. Smith is director of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the Institute on the Environment; and professor of sustainable systems management at the University of Minnesota.  His work focuses on policy and market adoption of technologies that enhance environmental performance, public and private governance of sustainability, and sustainability systems modeling in decision making. Dr. Smith has held the rotating chair in sustainable entrepreneurship at Wageningen University, Netherlands, served on the faculty at INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, and teaches international business at the Carlson School of Management. He is a former AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow and has advised the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, the National Research Council's Committee on Certification of Sustainable Products and Services, and numerous companies and organizations on supply chain sustainability and product-based policies.

Future Events

Dr. Yingling Fan
November 16, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

Dr. Charles Weiss
November 23, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

About the STEP-FAR Seminar Series

STEP FAR (Science Technology and Environmental Policy Feedback and Research) is designed for students, staff, faculty, and fellows to get together in an informal setting to discuss their projects, research-in-progress, opportunities, and a variety of other issues related to science, technology, environment, energy, and policy. It is a bi-weekly seminar taking place throughout the academic year. Learn more about STEP-FAR.
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