A Roadmap to Green Supply Chains

Using Supply Chain Archaeology and Big Data Analytics

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A Roadmap to Green Supply Chains

A Roadmap to Green Supply Chains


Kevin Lyons

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This book shows the relationship between the sustainability movement and supply chains. It provides a guide for supply chain professionals, as well as government officials, corporate executives, and institutional leaders on how to direct their purchasing power so that they source products that not only fill the needs of their organizations, but that also contribute to the health and well-being of the planet.  The author, Dr. Kevin Lyons, Ph.D., combined his experiences as the Chief Procurement Officer at Rutgers University with his own unique supply chain archaeology. His archaeological research involved sifting through garbage dumps where he examined the discarded products he procured for the university.  Working backwards, he developed systems and techniques for making sure sustainable products entered the supply chain from the start. And once they no longer served their intended purpose, they were recycled or reused.




  • Plans for helping any organization develop green supply chains
  • Complimentary Readiness Guide (Calculators and other useful materials) are available for download from the book’s website.
  • Case studies that show how corporations and governments have gone green.
  • Using weather data to plan for disruptions in the supply chain.

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Dr. Kevin Lyons is a professor at the Rutgers Business School in the Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences Department and a Research Professor, Supply Chain Archeology at the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management.

His research includes the integration of sustainable development criteria into global Supply Chain Management systems, processes and operations. Dr. Lyons developed the Supply Chain Environmental Archeology research program/lab, which involves the archeological study of climate change and environmental impacts via the supply chain, big data analytics, risk assessment, decision analysis as well as product end-of-life and new product innovation research. He conducts research with Rutgers EcoComplex, the Rutgers Energy Institute and the Rutgers Thomas A Edison Research Papers. He is the principal investigator for the Newark (NJ) Industrial Solution Center research project. Dr. Lyons is an Air Force veteran and spent most of his career in procurement and was the Chief Procurement Officer at Rutgers University until 2011.

A Roadmap to Green Supply Chains ISBN 978-0-8311-3514
Kevin L. Lyons
This is a very important if not unique work. It accomplishes several difficult missions with its primary goal of lifting the fog around the concept of sustainability in the private sector. Dr. Lyon’s experience in government and academia thread the tight rope between academic concepts and practitioner reality in a conversational style with the reader. As the Purchasing Director and faculty member of Rutgers The State University of New Jersey his positions allow him to navigate around the competing constituencies of student-faculty activism on sustainability issues and the ever present dictum of obtaining the best products at the least possible cost. This self proclaimed guide accomplishes its mission by essentially compartmentalizing the supply chain management problem and sustainability into four major blocks: Reviewing this history of sustainability and supply chain archeology, evolving green technology, Big Data Analytics and developing and maintaining stakeholders in each of these blocks. Dr. Lyons accomplishes this goal masterfully in a technically comprehensive but not boring manner. Perhaps the most important contribution of this work is to encourage and guide those practitioners who have already established a green supply chain threshold to expand on their efforts and also guide those who are initially considering this approach to make the move into green supply chain management. Finally Dr. Lyons relates supply chain management issues to adaptation to climate change. If controlling Power Plant emissions through domestic regulation and international protocols are the tip of the iceberg then Dr. Lyons approach is dealing with the base of the iceberg. Edward J. Linky, Esq. Visiting Researcher, City University of New York

  • Introduction
  • Greening the Supply Chain
  • Preparing the Green Supply Chain Organization
  • The Manufacturing Process
  • Big Data Analytics: Big Fast Data and Climate Change Solutions and Adaptations
  • Green Supply Chain Strategies for Corporations
  • Bringing the Green Supply Chain to the Urban Environment
  • How Climate Change and Supply Chains Impact Consumers—Related Projects.

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