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June 29, 2008 / or4green

Misc. bits

1. Pollution Prevention and OR. It was last updated over 10 years ago, but the NPPC IE/OR Resource List web page has a good collection of references. The page heading says pollution prevention, but many of the references are on other environmental topics. Some are from the OR literature (including EJOR, Operations Research, and OR/MS Today) while others are from more general sources. Likely worth following up on. Housed at the University of Michigan, the NPPC appears to have been superseded by the Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS). The CSS has an extensive website. It has an industrial ecology emphasis but also appears to be highly interdisciplinary, including connections to the OR realm. If you’ve ever gotten a Stonyfield Farm yogurt and wondered how they decided to ditch the plastic cap, apparently CSS was behind it (see accompanying image). See their “Accomplishments” brochure (pdf) for a quick run-down of what they’ve done.

2. OR50 Program. The program for OR50 is up and may be worth scanning as it contains some sustainability talks including a few on wind power and an OR-Sustainability debate (see this earlier post).

3. INFORMS is a “Green Publisher”
From an INFORMS email:

INFORMS is classified as a “green publisher” with Sherpa-Romeo, a source of information for publishers’ policies on self-archiving and posting papers electronically. Sherpa-Romeo classifies a publisher as “green,” indicating that the publisher permits authors to self-archive their accepted papers on their personal or institution’s website in preprint and postprint…

That’s nice. Here’s a related post about Springer open access on Michael Trick’s OR blog.

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