Doe Science news source

The DOE Science News Source is a Newswise initiative to promote research news from the Office of Science of the DOE to the public and news media.
  • 2010-12-09 08:00:40
  • Article ID: 571598

Students Advise INdiana Sustainability Alliance on Green Economic Development

  • (Left to right) Sungho Roh, Mike Lin, Désirée Valentine, Carl Briggs, Brian Seickel and Caroline Storey.

George Vlahakis University Communications gvlahaki@indiana.edu 812-855-0846

Joy Fischer Ice Miller LLP Joy.Fischer@icemiller.com 317-236-2489

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Mirroring an approach that Indiana has taken to the life sciences industry, the state's economic development efforts could capitalize on existing clusters of wind energy and automotive-related companies to foster a more sustainable and profitable business environment.

That's the lead finding by a panel of second-year MBA students at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, who were asked to participate in a competitive project for the INdiana Sustainability Alliance (INSA).

The Kelley School's Supply Chain and Global Management Academy partnered with INSA to conduct a case competition with five teams of students. They were tasked with determining the current state of sustainability and clean tech industries in Indiana and offered recommendations on projects and programs that could be implemented today to further support and economically grow this industry.

"We were thrilled to be approached by the INdiana Sustainability Alliance and its partners in business, policy, science and education to contribute ideas for further energy and environmental sustainability in Indiana," said Carl Briggs, clinical associate professor of operations and decision technologies in the Kelley School. "Our students enjoyed working on something where they expect to see the longer term results."

"The insights and results the students of the Kelly School's Supply Chain and Global Management Academy produced were nothing short of remarkable," said Alex Forman, INSA co-founder and partner at Ice Miller LLP. "The students really focused on the industries already present in Indiana and produced actionable items for Indiana to focus on to further develop the clean tech industry."

Paul Jones, another Ice Miller partner and co-founder, added, "One of the goals of INSA as it moves into its next stage is to host similar events each year that bring together groups in the sustainability and clean tech sectors that may not otherwise work together."

Among the students' recommendations:

• Identify clusters leveraging Indiana's strengths. Indiana economic development leaders could concentrate on green industries that embrace Indiana's strengths to maximize chance of development, including its successes with wind power and auto manufacturing.

"There's already hybrid cars that are coming that will be built in Indiana," said Mike Lin, a supply chain and finance double major from San Francisco. "What needs to happen in the future is to convert all the traditional car manufacturing for hybrids and a more sustainable auto industry."

• Foster cluster development with targeted methodology that encourages collaboration, a Cluster Development Initiative. Potential clusters could include focuses on agriculture, transportation, energy storage, generation and efficiency, recycling and waste elimination and green building.

• Target INSA's mission of generating $300 million in energy efficiency savings with an energy audit pilot program. Manufacturing companies could see savings of $55,000 from each audit and the state's 600 manufacturers alone could realize a total savings of about $7 million alone.

• Capitalize on Indiana's established transportation industry. Companies already in Indiana are involved in engine and electric motor R&D, as well as in energy storage, vehicle engineering and systems integration.

• Host a Green Indiana Expo to work toward INSA's goal of $400 million in supplier revenues. Networking could go far beyond manufacturing to many other parts of the business-to-business supply chain.

• Indiana should continue to build on its wind energy generation industry and establish or attract companies to the state that serve its needs, including the production of turbines and other equipment used to harness the wind's power. Over the next 10 years, they project that more than 25,000 jobs could be created at wind-related companies.

"Our vision is that by these companies connecting with each other that they could perhaps together produce wind turbines with all components from Indiana," said Caroline Storey, a supply chain major from Kansas City, Mo. "That way, you grow the Indiana economy, you have less transportation costs and you have a more cost effective product.

"Our solution is that by having these clusters, you not only can work with each other, but you also attract other companies to come to Indiana because they realize that there's a presence," she added.

"The idea is that as businesses grow more sustainable, these partnerships also will lead to innovation in Indiana," said Désirée Valentine, a supply chain major from Bloomington, Ind.

The MBA program's Supply Chain Academy holds two case competitions each year that involve actual for-profit companies and projects. The INSA project was the first time that its students had tackled sustainability as a statewide issue.

"There's a lot of interest in sustainability … Teams that worked on this project were given a very high-level challenge, and ultimately their goal was to come up with solutions that not only advanced sustainability, but also improve the way we do business in Indiana," Briggs said.

"These are business solutions that support sustainability and the development within Indiana of sustainability industries and the connections between them," he added. "If the solutions don't make business sense or create value for the organizations that are participating, then it won't happen … I think that is one contribution that all of these teams made."

The students, who also include Sungho Roh of Seoul, South Korea; and Brian Seickel of Lake Ariel, Penn., hope their proposals are part of the building blocks for a new era of economic growth that lessons environmental impact on the state.

"One of the things that we were really asked to do was take a look at the way things are right now and not what we'd like to do in 20 years," said Storey said. Valentine added, "Our project was specifically framed as recommendations that were actionable."

About the INdiana Sustainability Alliance

The INdiana Sustainability Alliance promotes the growth of the sustainable development, green building, renewable energy, water management, and clean technology industries in Indiana. During 2009, the INSA Steering Committee refocused and developed the next phase of the organization. With input from a variety of organizations and individuals, a strategy for growth and increased capabilities has been developed. The next phase will include increased opportunities for members to network, learn, realize cost savings, and have access to a collaborative work environment. All of this will be made possible through the new membership structure. For more detailed information, please visit www.indianasustainability.org.

About Ice Miller LLP

Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is one of the largest law firms in Indianapolis with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. With additional offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and DuPage County, Ill., the firm has over 230 lawyers, 37 paraprofessionals and over 250 support staff members. Ice Miller is a full-service firm with the resources it needs to counsel its clients and deliver quality legal advice. The firm's Green Industries Initiative advises clients in obtaining financing for development, utilizing tax credits for renewable energy projects, compliance issues relating to green development and clean technology, protecting, acquiring and profiting from clean technology and green services, zoning and real estate issues, renewable and wind power development, including renewable energy credits, carbon credits and carbon offsets. For more information, please visit www.icemiller.com.

X
X
X
  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters

new DOE

testing new DOE

Cold and Bubbly: The Sensory Qualities that Best Quench Thirst

New research from the Monell Center finds that oral perceptions of coldness and carbonation help to reduce thirst. The findings could guide sensory approaches to increase fluid intake in populations at risk for dehydration, including the elderly, soldiers, and athletes.

J.R. Macdonald Lab receives nearly $8 million DOE grant renewal

MANHATTAN -- A nearly $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the "bread and butter" physics research at Kansas State University's James R. Macdonald Laboratory. The grant is a three-year renewal award, "Structure and Dynamics of Atoms, Ions, Molecules and Surfaces." "This big operational grant is our bread-and-butter," said Itzik Ben-Itzhak, university distinguished professor of physics and director of the J.

University contributes art to the new downtown arena

A number of Sac State artworks are joining Jeff Koons' "Coloring Book" in exhibits at the new Golden 1 Center. (Sacramento State/Rob Neep) More photosSac State Professor Rachel Clarke and alumnus Bryan Valenzuela check out the installation of Valenzuela's "Multitudes Converge" glass sculpture at the Golden 1 Center.

test videoa

test videoa

Test Head

Test Desc

New Method for Reporting Solar Data

A straightforward new way to calculate, compile, and graphically present solar radiation measurements in a format that is accessible to decision makers and the general public has been developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and is described in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Trapped Sunlight Cleans Water

High energy costs are one drawback of making clean water from waste effluents. According to an article in the journal Biomicrofluidics, a new system that combines two different technologies proposes to break down contaminants using the cheapest possible energy source, sunlight.

Report: Policies to Spur Renewable Energy Can Lower Energy Costs

The South could pay less for its electricity in 20 years than is currently projected if strong public policies are enacted to spur renewable energy production and use, according to a report released today by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke University.


  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters

Citi Grant Helps University Students Succeed

Citi Community Development, part of the Citi family of businesses, supports an innovative Academic Success Program at South Dakota State University. The program is designed to help students who have been re-admitted to SDSU following suspension due to low academic achievement.

Iowa State Engineer and Goodrich Partner to Develop Fuel Nozzles

Hui Hu, an Iowa State University associate professor of aerospace engineering, is working with engineers from the Goodrich Corp. to test and characterize the next generation of fuel nozzles.

CSB to Hold Public Hearing Tomorrow, December 15, as Part of the CSB Deepwater Horizon Investigation

CSB Board Will Hear Testimony on how Offshore Drilling is Managed and Regulated in Other Countries

Cornell Joins Team Taking Head-first Plunge Into Algae Biofuels

Cornell University researchers have joined other scientists and a biofuel research company on a mission to develop a commercial-scale algae-to-fuel facility by 2015. The effort is backed by a $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Engineering Researchers Partner With Toyota; DOE Grant Will Further Work Toward a More Efficient Charger for Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

A $3.9 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow electrical engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas to continue contributing to the development of a compact and highly efficient silicon-carbide charger for hybrid electric vehicles. The benefits of the project extend beyond vehicles into other areas, such as wind and solar power, and could lead to reduced energy consumption in the United States.

Research Looks at Alternative Power for Military

South Dakota State University has a major role in a $10 million project to deliver alternative power technologies to help the U.S. military supply power to units in the field. The three-year project began in May 2009.

Mixing Blood and Oil: Conference Tackles Similar Challenges from Two Major Industries

Scientists and engineers from two of the nation's largest industries - medicine and energy - came together this week to explore the synergies in moving oil and pumping blood.

Time Ripe to Move Energy Storage Idea Off Drawing Board

Need has caught up with Case Western Reserve University researcher Gerhard Welsch's design for a self-healing, high-energy capacitor he patented a decade ago. ARPA-E has granted Welsch $2.25 million to start producing the small and lightweight device for hybrid and electric cars and more.

Registration Open for Sandia-Sponsored 4th International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

Registration is open for the 4th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources, the premier event for technical discussion of electric integration of new energy resources.

Advanced Energy Conference To Illuminate Latest Technologies For 21st Century Clean Energy Economy

Leading Energy Organizations to Highlight Latest Job-Producing Energy Technologies at Nov. 8-9 Conference in N.Y.C.


  • Filters

  • × Clear Filters
No articles in this channel.

Spotlight

Tuesday December 07, 2010, 05:00 PM

UC San Diego Installing 2.8 Megawatt Fuel Cell to Anchor Energy Innovation Park

University of California San Diego

Monday November 01, 2010, 12:50 PM

Rensselaer Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center Announces First Deployment of New Technology on Campus

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Friday September 10, 2010, 12:40 PM

Ithaca College Will Host Regional Clean Energy Summit

Ithaca College

Tuesday July 27, 2010, 10:30 AM

Texas Governor Announces $8.4 Million Award to Create Renewable Energy Institute

Texas Tech University

Friday May 07, 2010, 04:20 PM

Creighton University to Offer New Alternative Energy Program

Creighton University

Wednesday May 05, 2010, 09:30 AM

National Engineering Program Seeks Subject Matter Experts in Energy

JETS Junior Engineering Technical Society

Wednesday April 21, 2010, 12:30 PM

Students Using Solar Power To Create Sustainable Solutions for Haiti, Peru

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday March 03, 2010, 07:00 PM

Helping Hydrogen: Student Inventor Tackles Challenge of Hydrogen Storage

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Thursday February 04, 2010, 02:00 PM

Turning Exercise into Electricity

Furman University

Thursday November 12, 2009, 12:45 PM

Campus Leaders Showing the Way to a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Tuesday November 03, 2009, 04:20 PM

Furman University Receives $2.5 Million DOE Grant for Geothermal Project

Furman University

Thursday September 17, 2009, 02:45 PM

Could Sorghum Become a Significant Alternative Fuel Source?

Salisbury University

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 11:15 AM

Students Navigating the Hudson River With Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Wednesday September 16, 2009, 10:00 AM

College Presidents Flock to D.C., Urge Senate to Pass Clean Energy Bill

National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Wednesday July 01, 2009, 04:15 PM

Northeastern Announces New Professional Master's in Energy Systems

Northeastern University

Friday October 12, 2007, 09:35 AM

Kansas Rural Schools To Receive Wind Turbines

Kansas State University

Thursday August 17, 2006, 05:30 PM

High Gas Prices Here to Stay, Says Engineering Professor

Rowan University

Wednesday May 17, 2006, 06:45 PM

Time Use Expert's 7-Year Fight for Better Gas Mileage

University of Maryland, College Park





Showing results

0-4 Of 2215