About the Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment

About the Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment

The Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment (ENRE) pre-dates the founding of INFORMS, having originated as a special interest group (SIG) of the Operations Research Society of America. Starting as a SIG on Energy Applications, the scope was later expanded to include issues relating to both renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the environment, as well as energy. The Section sponsors and supports a wide range of activities related to its interest areas, ranging from a newsletter, sponsoring focused sessions at the national INFORMS meeting, holding its own conferences and publishing their proceedings, as well as this home page.

ENRE also serves as a focal point for networking for researchers and practitioners working on issues in energy, natural resources, and/or the environment. ENRE has three strong and active groups: Energy, Forestry and Mining. In the past, the Energy group has sponsored its own conferences and proceedings. One of our major goals is to expand interest and participation to others with environmental interests outside these three groups.

Our goals:

  • Promote the development and application of operations research/management science methods, techniques, and tools to the solution of problems relating to energy, natural resources and/or the environment;
  • Encourage the exchange of information among practitioners and users in energy, natural resources, and environmental applications areas;
  • Promote the maintenance of high professional standards in the application of operations research/management science to problem areas in energy, natural resources and/or the environment.

How can you participate?

We invite you to participate in the activities of the INFORMS Section on Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment by joining the section. INFORMS members may join the section for annual dues of $12 ($7 if student or retired) while non-INFORMS members' dues are $21 per year. You can join INFORMS and ENRE online here or you can use this application form.

The ENRE Bylaws are available for viewing pdf here .