Outcomes of the EPA/NSP/AIChE Sustainable Supply Chain Design Workshop

Originally delivered Feb 8, 2012
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The Sustainable Supply Chain Design (SSCD) Scientific Workshop, sponsored by EPA, NSF and the AIChE Center for Sustainable Technology Practices, was held in mid-September of 2011. This webinar presents an overview of the outcomes of the Workshop.

The purpose of the Workshop was to foster collaboration and promote the development of a research community focused on sustainability and supply chains. This was accomplished by bringing together a diverse group of researchers and other professionals with experience relevant to sustainable supply chain design.

From experts with experience working within a broad, systems perspective, an understanding of the key shortcomings of current practices was elicited. The Workshop also identified practical ways in which new or repurposed approaches could be integrated within existing frameworks.

In the case of experts with experience working within a narrower focus, the participants worked together to understand how these approaches could be integrated within existing frameworks or larger-scale models.

The Workshop also explored opportunities for applying discipline-specific approaches to other problems related to the design of sustainable supply chains.


Professor Ignacio E. Grossmann

Professor Ignacio E. Grossmann is the R. R. Dean University Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his B.S. degree at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, in 1974, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Imperial College in 1975 and 1977, respectively.  He is currently director of the 'Center for Advanced Process Decision-making,' an industrial consortium that involves 20 petroleum, chemical, engineering and software companies. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and his major awards include the 1994 Computing in Chemical Engineering...Read more

Darlene Schuster

Darlene Schuster serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability, an AIChE Technological Community, where she oversees the industry, membership and youth-focused entities formed to advance the science and state of sustainability and the creation of the AIChE Sustainability Index (sm), a benchmark for industry. She also staffs the new AIChE Center for Energy Initiatives.

Dr. Schuster was the Clare Boothe Luce Chair of Chemical Engineering at Bucknell University, and held various engineering positions with Gulf Oil Production Research and Chevron Oil Field...Read more



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