The symposium will be held over two days at the headquarters of the National Science Foundation. The symposium will bring together researchers with backgrounds in Supply Chain Management, Energy, the Environment, Economics, and Public Policy, among others. It will involve representatives from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry.

The objectives of the symposium are threefold:

1) To create greater awareness of issues surrounding carbon emissions, environmental policies, and the supply chain;

2) To support the development of a research community that draws from different disciplines around these issues and to articulate a research agenda for the community;

3) To encourage collaborations between academic researchers, government agencies, non-government organizations, and industry in the design, analysis and modeling of low carbon footprint supply chains.

The symposium will have a mixed format of plenary speakers, panel discussions, and breakout discussion sessions. A report based on presentations and discussions will be submitted to NSF and posted on the symposium web site. We expect papers from the symposium presentations and discussions to form the basis of an edited book.

The symposium is co-chaired by Saif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota, and Mark Daskin, University of Michigan.

The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Program at the University of Minnesota, the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Background and Motivation (pdf)