Building the theoretical foundation for modeling the circular economy

Jennifer Schmitt

University of Minnesota

Jennifer Schmitt is the program director and lead scientist for the NorthStar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise. She leads the day-to-day operations of the initiative as well as the strategic direction of its future work. Her focus is on sustainable enterprise development and transitions, and she is committed to engaged scholarship. Jennifer’s research focuses on tracing environmental impacts through supply chains, circulating waste back into production systems and conservation outcomes in Tanzania.Jennifer’s prior research in sustainability includes corporate sustainability efforts, carbon reporting, energy efficiency and smart networks. Jennifer has a M.S. in applied economics and Ph.D. in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in biology and international relations from Beloit College.


The idea of the circular economy is increasingly touted by leading sustainable businesses as a best practice. However, the full environmental, societal, and financial benefits of such a circular economy remain largely... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Nathaniel Springer (University for Minnesota)
  2. Jennifer Schmitt (University of Minnesota)

Topic Areas

• Advances in methods (e.g., life cycle assessment, social impact assessment, resilience a , • Circular economy


TS-1 » Sustainable business models and circular economy (09:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room D)

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