Lin Shi is a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Her current research focuses on the supply chain sustainability in the Information and Communication Industry (ICT).
Prior to joining Stanford, Lin was an environmental engineer at Apple, where she worked on environmental metrics. From 2012-2014, as a graduate research assistant in the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology, she conducted analysis of by-products, energy and heat sharing of paper and sugar manufacturing facilities. In 2013, she was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow assigned to the Boston Medical Center’s Energy Management Office, where she helped to develop energy efficiency strategy.
Lin comes from Chengdu, China, and received a BA in Mathematics and Environmental Studies at Knox College, and a Masters of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
My area of research is supply chain sustainability of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. My research objective is to explore approaches to evaluating, communicating, and mitigating the life cycle environmental impacts of ICT products, focusing specifically on supply chains.
My main motivating questions include:
1. How can we establish a baseline to compare ICT companies’ environmental footprints with regard to the material, form, and functionality of their products, using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework?
2. How can ICT supply chain strategies such as outsourcing, diversification, and integration, lead to different environmental consequences?
3. How can environmental messages be communicated effectively to different social groups along the ICT life cycle, including those who are involved in manufacturing, recycling, legislation, and consumption?