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Erika Marsillac Discusses Green Supply Chain Management for Inside Higher Ed’s ‘Academic Minute’

Erika Marsillac, assistant professor of decision sciences in Old Dominion University's College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA), was featured Sept. 5 on the national website Inside Higher Ed, in connection with her research into green supply chain management.

Marsillac, whose research interests also include sustainable manufacturing and international partnerships, was featured in The Academic Minute, a daily feature produced by public radio station WAMC for Inside Higher Ed.

In her piece, she spoke about how going green is helping keep some companies in the black.

"When I tell people what I do, their most common response is 'And what exactly IS green supply chain management?'" Marsillac said. "The short of it is that green supply chain management tries to reduce the environmental impacts of making, transporting, using, and then disposing of stuff. The long of it ... well, let's just say there are a lot of things involved in making that happen. Because when you're trying to address environmental issues, you can't just look at how things are made, or moved, or used, or thrown away. You have to look at all those things at the same time."

Audio of the full piece is available at http://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2012/09/05/green-supply-chain-management.

Marsillac uses her expertise in green supply chain management to support ODU's newly expanded Maritime and Supply Chain Management (MSCM) area in the CPBA. The MSCM major is one of the fastest-growing undergraduate majors at the university.

ODU is the second university in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate maritime management major and the only university in the country to specifically offer a maritime and supply chain management undergraduate major.

The major provides students with an integrated working knowledge of maritime operations and supply chain management, and develops the valuable critical thinking and analytical skills needed by today's maritime and supply chain businesses.

The brainchild of Albany's WAMC and its president, Alan Chartock, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. Topics range from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.

The Academic Minute features a different professor every day.

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