University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

Dr. Timothy M. Smith, Associate Professor

BBE Faculty_TSmith224A BioAgEng Bldg.
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: (612) 624-2648

Ph.D. 1998, Penn State University
Corporate Environmental Management; Sustainable Enterprise Strategy, Integrated marketing communications, green design.

Areas of Interest

Timothy Smith is an Associate Professor of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota, where he is also the Director of the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise at the Institute on the Environment. His research interests include policy and market adoption of technologies that enhance environmental performance, public and private governance of sustainability, and sustainability systems modeling in decision-making. His work has been published in top-tier journals across the multiple fields of management, public policy, and environmental sciences. Most recently, his efforts have been directed toward collaborative research efforts with corporate and NGO partners to explore global supply chains as institutions for collective action. He is a former AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow and has advised the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, the National Research Council’s Committee on Certification of Sustainable Products and Services, and numerous companies and organizations on supply chain sustainability and product-based policies.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Fischlein, M., Smith, T. 2013. Revisiting renewable portfolio standard effectiveness: policy design and outcome specification matter, Policy Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s11077-013-9175-0.

Smith, T.M. 2013. Climate change: Corporate sustainability in the supply chain, Feature Article, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 69(3) 43–52.

Suh, K., Smith, T.*, Linhoff, M. 2012. Leveraging Socially Networked Mobile ICT Platforms for the Last-Mile Delivery Problem, Environmental Science & Technology 46(17): 9481-90.

Suh, K., Suh, S., Smith, T. 2011. Implications of corn prices on water footprints of bioethanol, Bioresource Technology 102 (7): 4747-4754.

Smith T.* and M. Fischlein. 2010. Rival Private Governance Networks: Competing to define the rules of the game for environmental and social performance, Global Environmental Change 20 (3): 511–522.

Fischlein, M., Smith T.M.* and Wilson, E. 2009. Carbon emissions and management scenarios for Consumer-owned utilities. Environmental Science and Policy 12 (7): 778-790.

Smith, T.M., Miller, K., Lindenberg, J. 2009. Sustainable Biofuel Standards and Certification. Swords and Ploughshares, Vol. XVII , No. 2: 26-31.

Molina, S. and Smith, T. 2009. Exploring the use of LCA-based information in corporate communications, International Journal of Life-Cycle Assessment 14(2): 184-194.

Wilson, E.J., Plumber J., Fischlein, M., and Smith, T. 2008. Implementing energy efficiency: Challenges and opportunities for rural electric cooperatives and small municipal utilities. Energy Policy 36 (9): 3383-3397.