Measuring the carbon footprint of General Motors’ logistics network 

When an opportunity to help measure the carbon footprint of General Motors’ logistics network presented itself, Adam Miller—a recent graduate of MIT Leaders for Global Operations program—seized it. “Whatever leadership role I take, sustainability will be a key pillar,” he says.

Adam Miller has long been passionate about energy and sustainability issues. So when an opportunity to help measure the carbon footprint of General Motors’ logistics network presented itself, Adam—a former supply chain advisor at Dell—seized it.

[Sustainability] has always been a strong interest of mine, but my career had never crossed paths with my hobby

 Adam, a graduate of MIT Leaders for Global Operations program, received an MBA from MIT Sloan and a masters of science in engineering from the MIT School of Engineering.

During Adam’s six-month LGO internship, he created a plan for calculating GM’s greenhouse gas emissions—which could potentially reduce the carmaker’s carbon output and lower its transportation costs.

Adam gathered data from the Carbon Disclosure Project to estimate emissions from the different modes of transportation GM uses. He also worked with GM's providers to get access to specific data on fuel use.

Adam says the project gave him a greater appreciation for how sustainability strategies produce win-win scenarios for companies. It also inspired him to incorporate his passion for sustainability into his career. “Whatever leadership role I take, sustainability will be a key pillar,” he says.