# 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 and forestry applications, the scope was later expanded to include issues relating to both renewable and non-renewable natural resources and the environment.

The Section sponsors and supports a wide range of activities related to its interest areas, ranging from publishing a newsletter, sponsoring focused sessions at the national INFORMS meeting, holding its own conferences and publishing their proceedings, as well as maintaining this website.
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 four active groups: Energy, Natural Resources, Environment-Sustainability, and Mining/Petrochemicals. In the past, the Energy group has sponsored its own conferences and proceedings.  Also, besides organizing ENRE-sponsored forestry clusters at INFORMS annual meetings, the Forestry group organizes an international conference, Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR), which is held in a different country every other year. One of our major goals is to expand interest and participation to others with environmental interests outside these four 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 $13 ($7 if student or retired) while non-INFORMS members' dues are \$23 per year. You can join INFORMS and ENRE by contacting the INFORMS Customer Service at 1-800-4INFORMS (800-446-3676) or by email.