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Information on sustainability research at Smeal.

Faculty research agendas include sustainability projects in economics, finance, management, marketing, supply chain, and more. Because our faculty members work so closely with corporate partners, they know first-hand that sustainability touches every aspect of global business. Specific topics that our faculty members are researching include:

  • Ethics and social responsibility as sustainable business practice. (Linda Trevino)
  • The urgent need to reduce carbon and CO2 emissions in the areas of distribution, transportation, sourcing, manufacturing, returns and waste management. (CSCR)
  • The relationships between globalization, international business, and environmental issues. (Terrence Guay)
  • Closed-loop supply chains and remanufacturing, which serve as a foundation in the development of environmentally sustainable industrial systems. (Dan Guide)
  • Intellectual property rights that can be used to encourage private investment in sustainability-related innovation. (Dan Cahoy)
  • The economic development impact of the solar and wind industries for the 13 states in the Appalachian region. (Gerald Susman)
  • Construction of cross-sectional roundtables to bring together stakeholders from business, government, and NGOs to tackle problems such as the development of sustainable packaging. (Barbara Gray)
  • The exploration of whether the online marketing medium can be used to influence people to adopt more sustainable energy consumption strategies. (Arvind Rangasawmy)
  • Transition dynamics to a sustainable future. (Raghu Garud)
  • Analysis of procurement strategies and supply chain configurations for biomass raw materials in the production of biofuels and bioenergy. (Evelyn Thomchick)