Monday, May 4, 2009

Green Jobs and Environmental Research at a Business School

This Friday, we will be hosting Professor Robert Pollin, the Co-Director of PERI at UMass Amherst, in our Spring 2009 Speaker Series in Operations Research / Management Science. Dr. Pollin will be speaking on green jobs at 11AM in the Isenberg School of Management on May 8, 2009. We are delighted to be hosting his talk. His talk will conclude our Spring 2009 INFORMS Speaker Series. Given the timeliness of Dr. Pollin's topic and the media coverage of his research, we are expecting a fantastic turnout and audience.

We have been conducting research on environmental topics at the Isenberg School of Management for quite a few years. Some recent topics that we have tackled include what environmental advantages or synergies can be obtained through mergers and acquisitions, cap and trade programs for electric power supply chains, as well as the impact of transportation infrastructure degradation on environmental emissions. A business school is an excellent setting for conducting such research given the interdisciplinary background of the faculty and the interests of students.