Accession Number : ADA303536

Title :   A Decision Tool to Optimally Select Pollution Prevention Projects within a Constrained Budget.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Hudson, Charlotte

PDF Url : ADA303536

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : Pollution prevention managers need to select the best environmental projects for an installation within a constrained budget but have no standard way of selecting the optimal mix of projects. This thesis proposes a decision tool to aid decision makers in choosing this optimal mix. The model was built using decision analysis theory which provides a framework to aid the decision maker. Criteria sed in the model for selection was determined using a questionnaire sent to base-level pollution prevention managers. The model ses DPL, a software package designed to build, analyze, and conduct sensitivity analysis of decision problems to perform the quantitative analysis. Built in functions of DPL(TM) allow the decision maker to see the optimal decision policy based on the values entered into the model and to run sensitivity analysis to determine which values are the most critical to the outcome of the model. Decision analysis can be used to create a dominance curve that shows all optimal strategies based on the willingness of the decision maker to make tradeoffs between attributes. This model provides analytical data that can be used to justify decisions made by the pollution prevention manager when selecting the optimal mix of pollution prevention projects for implementation. (AN)

Descriptors :   *ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, SCENARIOS, OPTIMIZATION, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, POLICIES, DECISION MAKING, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, STRATEGIC ANALYSIS, COST ANALYSIS, THESES, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, CASE STUDIES, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, TRADE OFF ANALYSIS, WASTE MANAGEMENT, HAZARDOUS WASTES, POLLUTION ABATEMENT, BENEFITS, DECISION AIDS, PREVENTION, PLANNING PROGRAMMING BUDGETING, AIR FORCE BUDGETS.

Subject Categories : Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE