SNRE 2011 Master's Project Symposium

Event Type: 
Friday, April 15, 2011 - 10:10am
1040 Dana
Event Sponsor: 
School of Natural Resources and Environment

 Aurora Organic Dairy Phase III – Corporate Sustainability Report (2011)
Client: Aurora Organic Dairy
Faculty Advisors: Scott Noesen and Gregory Keoleian
Student Group Members:
Rosemary Lapka, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
Neesha Modi, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
Lauren Start, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
David Weinglass, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems

This masters project is the third in a series of three projects.  The first project conducted a cradle to grave energy and green house gas footprint for a gallon of packaged Aurora Organic Dairy (AOD) milk.  The second phase expanded the analysis by updating the energy and carbon footprints and conducting water, waste and nutrient lifecycle analyses.  The third phase will update relevant areas of the energy, green house gas and water footprints and research indicators, metrics, industry benchmarks, and other relevant data needed to create and draft an effective prototype corporate sustainability report (CSR). AOD’s CSR will draw from CSR reporting best practices and standards, including relevant economic, environmental, and social elements such as energy and water use, animal welfare, charitable giving, and employee benefits. The resulting prototype report will provide the components for AOD to complete its first CSR, which will link results of ongoing operations with short-term and long-term sustainability goals.

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