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August 16, 2008 / or4green

Sustainability on the Program at INFORMS 08

The program for the 2008 INFORMS Annual Meeting is up, and it is vast, with close to 70 parallel sessions. There is a new “Doing Good with Good OR” series that includes one segment on energy and the environment. From the conference site:

The world currently faces a number of crucial energy and environmental challenges–from oil security to local air pollution to global climate change to sustainable development. These challenges have all moved from being back page news to front page news over the last couple of decades, reflecting a growing sense of urgency for the development of solutions felt by both policy makers and the public. Policy makers at all levels–local, state, national and international–have long relied on OR/MS style models to provide insights into the choices they face. This plenary and panel will assess our experience in using models to inform energy and environmental policy making at the national and international levels. Since we are now moving closer to the carrying capacity of the earth’s most vital life support systems–the atmosphere, the oceans, the ecosystems, etc.–the speakers will also identify the most important directions for future research for meeting the challenges we face.

This segment consists of a plenary by Philip R. Sharp, President, Resources for the Future, followed by a panel discussion. See this page for more information.

As far as sessions go, here are a number that will have some connection to sustainability. There are undoubtedly others in the program as well.

Sunday October 12, 2008
08:00 – 09:30 : SA
SA01 : New Methods in Environmental and Economic Statistics
11:00 – 12:30 : SB
SB10 : Pollution Control
SB11 : Forestry 2: Sustaining Urban Forests
13:30 – 15:00 : SC
SC10 : Real Options in the Energy Sector
SC52 : The Impacts of Environmental Legislation

Monday October 13, 2008
08:00 – 09:30 : MA
MA20 : Green Decision Analysis
MA52 : Remanufacturing Operations
MA57 : Green Supply Chain Management
11:00 – 12:30 : MB
MB20 : Environmental Decision Analysis
MB52 : Pricing and Contracting in Closed-Loop Supply Chains
13:30 – 15:00 : MC
MC11 : Joint Session ENRE/ICS: Stochastic Optimization in Energy Systems
MC52 : Coordination in Closed-Loop Supply Chains
MC63 : Transportation Logistics and Energy Supply Chain
16:30 – 18:00 : MD
MD52 : New and Remanufactured Product Management

Tuesday October 14, 2008
08:00 – 09:30 : TA
TA11 : Climate Change I: Integrated Assessment Models
TA29 : Tutorial: Closed-loop Supply Chain Management
TA63 : Transportation and Climate Change
11:00 – 12:30 : TB
TB11 : Climate Change II: Energy Models – Applications and Future Decision-Making Needs
13:30 – 15:00 : TC
TC11 : Energy and the Environment
16:30 – 18:00 : TD
TD10 : Operations Research Models for Wind Power

Wednesday October 15, 2008
08:00 – 09:30 : WA
WA10 : Energy Models in a Carbon Constrained World
WA11 : Environment and Energy I
11:00 – 12:30 : WB
WB10 : Incorporating Sustainability Into Energy Modeling
WB11 : Environment and Energy II
WB31 : Role Reversal: The Impact of Climate Change on Aviation
13:30 – 15:00 : WC
16:30 – 18:00 : WD
WD21 : Sustainable Operations

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