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Special Issue "Green Environment, Green Operations and Sustainability"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Engineering and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Sang-Bing Tsai

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Zhongshan Institute, China & Civil Aviation University of China, China & Foshan University, China
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Interests: environmental research; sustainability; green operation; green technology; public health
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Prof. Jian Yu

Civil Aviation University of China, China
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Interests: environmental research; sustainability; environment and sustainable development
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Prof. Zhen He

College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, China
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Interests: green operation; green technology; environmental research
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Prof. Lei Xu

School of Management, Tianjin University of Technology, China
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Interests: operation management; green technology; sustainability; environmental research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue provides a practical and comprehensive forum for exchanging novel research ideas or empirical practices that bridge the latest green environment, green operations and sustainability. Green environment and green operations are a developing trend and have been global topics. We must grasp this trend.

The Special Issue’s distinctive emphasis is on the green environment, green operations and sustainability: Environmental research, green operation, green environment, green technology, sustainability, green management, public health, environment and sustainable development, environment and health risk assessment, green service, green governance, green corporate social responsibility, etc. The use of new theories, technologies, methods, and techniques are emphasized. The Special Issue encompasses theoretical, analytical, empirical research, comprehensive reviews of relevant research, conceptual frameworks and case studies of effective applications in this area.

We invite colleagues to contribute to this Special Issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental research
  • Green operation
  • Green environment
  • Green technology
  • Sustainability
  • Green management
  • Public health
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Environment and health risk assessment
  • Green service
  • Green governance
  • Green corporate social responsibility
Prof. Sang-Bing Tsai
Prof. Jian Yu
Prof. Zhen He
Prof. Lei Xu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Environmental research
  • Green operation
  • Green environment
  • Green technology
  • Sustainability
  • Green management
  • Public health
  • Environment and sustainable development
  • Environment and health risk assessment
  • Green service
  • Green governance
  • Green corporate social responsibility

Published Papers (7 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Coordinating Leader-Follower Supply Chain with Sustainable Green Technology Innovation on Their Fairness Concerns
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1357; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111357
Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 2 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
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Sustainable green technology innovation is essential in all the stages of the supply chain development. The members of the supply chain in each stage need to invest in sustainable green technology innovation research and development. However, whether the sustainable green technology innovation investments
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Sustainable green technology innovation is essential in all the stages of the supply chain development. The members of the supply chain in each stage need to invest in sustainable green technology innovation research and development. However, whether the sustainable green technology innovation investments and profits for all the members are fairness concerned is a critical factor to motivate the supply chain members. Motivated by a real business investigation, in this study, a supply chain model with one supplier and one manufacturer is analyzed. We consider fairness concerns for the supplier and the manufacturer with sustainable green technology innovation development. We derive the optimal results in both with and without fairness concern. The results indicate that fairness concerns can promote and coordinate the supply chain members without advantage inequity averseness, to invest more on their sustainable green technology innovation development. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Using the D-DANP-mV Model to Explore the Continuous System Improvement Strategy for Sustainable Development of Creative Communities
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1309; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111309
Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 24 October 2017 / Published: 27 October 2017
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With globalization, the notion of “creative city” has become a core concept of many cities in the world development policies, with real properties being upgraded or used to change, renewal is being conducted, and creative industries are emerging. This trend has reached its
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With globalization, the notion of “creative city” has become a core concept of many cities in the world development policies, with real properties being upgraded or used to change, renewal is being conducted, and creative industries are emerging. This trend has reached its peak in the past decade, with different forms and scales gathering global development momentum among the creative communities to promote the development of creative economies. In recent years, however, there was still skepticism about the sustainability of the current creative communities. Many scholars have pointed out that signs of unsustainability have begun to appear in many creative communities. To overcome these obstacles, the development of rational and highly effective improvement strategy requires a dynamic thinking process. Therefore, this study employs the DEMATEL-based ANP with modified VIKOR (D-DANP-mV) model in presenting an assessment framework for the sustainability of creative communities. This system is used to assess the sustainability of current creative communities and determine how to solve their problems. Thus, continuous and systemic improvement strategies can be developed to achieve the aim of sustainable development. Two creative communities in Taiwan, Taichung Cultural and Creative Industries Park (TCCIP), and Shen-Ji New Village (SJNV), are used as case studies in this study. Based on the concept of systematic improvement from fundamental issues, the results indicate that the improvement priorities can be determined by applying the D-DANP-mV model. This approach is different from those found by a conventional method with the hypothesis of independent criteria (e.g., diversification of creative talents in TCCIP), and cannot use for performance improvement (e.g., only can be used for ranking and selection among alternatives). Considering these points, unreasonable premises, biased errors, and lack of some real application functions in the process of resource allocation could be more efficient improvement strategies generated in this proposed model. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Doing Good Again? A Multilevel Institutional Perspective on Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Philanthropic Strategy
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1283; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101283
Received: 4 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
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This study investigates the relationship between corporate environmental responsibility and corporate philanthropy. Using a sample of Chinese listed firms from 2008 to 2013, this paper examines the role of corporate environmental responsibility in corporate philanthropy and the moderating influence of the institutional environment
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This study investigates the relationship between corporate environmental responsibility and corporate philanthropy. Using a sample of Chinese listed firms from 2008 to 2013, this paper examines the role of corporate environmental responsibility in corporate philanthropy and the moderating influence of the institutional environment using multilevel analysis. The results show that corporate eco-friendly events are positively associated with corporate philanthropic strategy to a significant degree. Provincial-level government intervention positively moderate the positive relationship between eco-friendly events and corporate philanthropy and government corruption is negatively moderate the relationship. All these results are robust according to robustness checks. These findings provide a new perspective on corporate philanthropic strategy as a means to obtain critical resources from the government in order to compensate for the loss made on environmental responsibility. Moreover, the institutional environment is proved here to play an important role in corporate philanthropic strategy. Full article
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Open AccessArticle China’s Insurance Regulatory Reform, Corporate Governance Behavior and Insurers’ Governance Effectiveness
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1238; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101238
Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 9 October 2017 / Accepted: 10 October 2017 / Published: 17 October 2017
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External regulation is an important mechanism to improve corporate behavior in emerging markets. China’s insurance governance regulation, which began to supervise and guide insurance corporate governance behavior in 2006, has experienced a complex process of reform. This study tested our hypotheses with a
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External regulation is an important mechanism to improve corporate behavior in emerging markets. China’s insurance governance regulation, which began to supervise and guide insurance corporate governance behavior in 2006, has experienced a complex process of reform. This study tested our hypotheses with a sample of 85 firms during 2010–2011, which was obtained by providing a questionnaire to all of China’s shareholding insurance companies. The empirical study results generally show that China’s insurance governance effectiveness has significantly improved through strict regulation. Insurance corporate governance can improve business acumen and risk-control ability, but no significant evidence was found to prove its influence on profitability, as a result of focusing less attention on governance than on management. State ownership is associated with higher corporate governance effectiveness than non-state ownership. Listed companies tend to outperform non-listed firms, and life insurance corporate governance is more effective than that of property insurers. This study not only contributes to the comprehensive understanding of corporate governance effectiveness but also to the literature by highlighting the effect of corporate governance regulation in China’s insurance industry and other emerging economies of the financial sector. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Design of Research on Performance of a New Iridium Coordination Compound for the Detection of Hg2+
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1232; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101232
Received: 30 August 2017 / Revised: 25 September 2017 / Accepted: 3 October 2017 / Published: 16 October 2017
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Heavy metal pollution has become one of the most significant pollution problems encountered by our country in terms of environment protection. In addition to the significant effects of heavy metals on the human body and other organisms through water, food chain enrichment and
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Heavy metal pollution has become one of the most significant pollution problems encountered by our country in terms of environment protection. In addition to the significant effects of heavy metals on the human body and other organisms through water, food chain enrichment and other routes, heavy metals involved in daily necessities beyond the level limit could also affect people’s lives, so the detection of heavy metals is extremely important. Ir (III) coordination compound, considered to be one of the best phosphorescent sensing materials, is characterized by high luminous efficiency, easy modification of the ligand and so on, and it has potential applications in the field of heavy metal detection. This project aims to product a new Ir (III) functional coordination compound by designing a new auxiliary ligand and a main ligand with a sulfur identification unit, in order to systematically investigate the application of iridium coordination compound in the detection of the heavy metal Hg2+. With the introduction of the sulfur identification unit, selective sensing of Hg2+ could be achieved. Additionally, a new auxiliary ligand is also introduced to produce a functional iridium coordination compound with high quantum efficiency, and to diversify the application of iridium coordination compound in this field. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Investigation of Oxidation Methods for Waste Soy Sauce Treatment
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(10), 1190; doi:10.3390/ijerph14101190
Received: 30 August 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 5 October 2017 / Published: 7 October 2017
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To obtain a suitable oxidation method for removing the color and lowering the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of waste soy sauce, Fenton (Fe2+), Fenton-like (Fe3+), and ozone (O3) oxidation methods are used as the target reactions. In
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To obtain a suitable oxidation method for removing the color and lowering the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of waste soy sauce, Fenton (Fe2+), Fenton-like (Fe3+), and ozone (O3) oxidation methods are used as the target reactions. In experimental conditions for Fenton oxidation, the dose of Fe2+ and Fe3+ was varied between 100 mg/L and 300 mg/L. The dose of hydrogen peroxide for the reaction was injected from 100–1000 mg/L. For ozone oxidation, the pH was increased from 3 to 14 and the O3-containing gas was supplied continuously for 30 min through a gas diffuser at the bottom of the reactor at different applied O3 doses (10–90 mg/L). We subjected it to a simple 1:20 dilution with deionized water to identify the comparison result in detail. O3 oxidation shows the highest efficiencies of color removal (81.1%) and COD lowering (64.9%) among the three oxidation methods. This is mainly due to the fact that it has a relatively large amount of hydroxyl radical, resulting in the degradation of organics. Thus, O3 oxidation could be a promising method for removing the color and lowering the COD of waste soy sauce. The critical parameters (pH and applied O3 dose) were varied systematically to optimize O3 oxidation. It was found that the optimum pH and applied O3 dose are 11.0 mg/L and 50.0 mg/L, respectively (color removal = 34.2%, COD removal = 27.4%). Full article
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Open AccessArticle Joint Decisions on Production and Pricing with Strategic Consumers for Green Crowdfunding Products
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 1090; doi:10.3390/ijerph14091090
Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 14 September 2017 / Accepted: 18 September 2017 / Published: 20 September 2017
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Green crowdfunding is developing as a novel and popular transaction method, which can largely improve the efficiency of raising initial funds and selling innovative green products or services. In this paper, we explore the creator’s joint decisions regarding green crowdfunding products of different
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Green crowdfunding is developing as a novel and popular transaction method, which can largely improve the efficiency of raising initial funds and selling innovative green products or services. In this paper, we explore the creator’s joint decisions regarding green crowdfunding products of different quality levels that can sufficiently satisfy consumer preferences. Firstly, considering the characteristics of a green crowdfunding product, we present four pricing strategies when substitutes exist. Then we propose the optimal pricing strategies to maximize the total profit for the creator under different circumstances, facing strategic and myopic consumers. Finally, for the heterogeneity of consumer valuations, we compare the total profits of the four pricing strategies under different values of the substitution coefficient to obtain the optimal pricing and product strategies under the coexistence of strategic and myopic consumers. According to the result, we find that when the fraction of high-type consumers and the gap between high and low valuations is big, or when they are both small, traditional single pricing shows its benefit. However, when the green crowdfunding products are better than their substitute, a line of green products is more likely to be optimal. Full article
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