Lucas Oil Stadium: Life Cycle Analysis and Multi-Objective Tradeoff Analysis of Local Suppliers

Abstract: As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, the consideration of sustainability in the supply chain has become increasingly valued by organizations. In increasing sustainability in every aspect of the supply chain life cycle, organizations are seeking to increase the long-term productivity and profits. Recently, many stadiums have been improving their sustainability by analyzing the impact of buying from local suppliers. Some larger suppliers further from the stadium of interest may appear cheaper than local sources, but local sources offer advantages, such as limiting harmful environmental impacts.

This research focuses on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. We completed a life cycle analysis to determine the environmental impact of each stadium input from production through disposal. The life cycle analysis resulted in complete calculations of the stadium’s environmental impact, measured in CO2 emissions, through production, shipping, storage, consumption, and disposal. We then conducted a cost-benefit analysis to compare local supply and global supply source impacts. Our cost-benefit analysis utilizes multi-objective optimization for the consideration of both the monetary costs and the environmental impacts associated with each stadium input to determine the tradeoffs between buying local and buying from a global supply.

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