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The Cultural Schism of Climate Change

October 27, 2014

"Climate Change?!" by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

“Climate Change?!” by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

The Cultural Schism of Climate Change: How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S.

Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, continues to inform the debate on climate change communication in this new Stanford University blog post. Read more about The Cultural Schism of Climate Change (pdf) or read it online.

Why Systems Thinking is the Next Step in Sustainability

October 23, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman unpacts his and John Ehrenfeld’s analysis of the fourth wave in the sustainability movement: Systems Thinking. Read more about Why Systems Thinking is the Next Step in Sustainability (pdf) or read it online.

Erb alum Nina Henning heading up innovative work in Ghana through SC Johnson

October 22, 2014

WOW-bundlebErb alumna Nina Henning is heading up innovative solutions to reduce the threat of malaria infections through SC Johnson’s WOW™ product bundle. The bundle is focuses on serving at-risk populations at the base of the pyramid (BoP).

Read more about SC Johnson’s WOW™ concept (pdf) or read it online.

What’s in a word? Politics of “Climate Change”

October 22, 2014

New Radio Logo simple halfsizeAndy Hoffman, Faculty Director of the Erb Institute and John Flesher, Environmental Reporter from the Associated Press discuss the politics of climate change and how people, communities and companies are approaching the subject and it’s significance.

Listen to the Michigan Radio conversation with John Flesher and Andy Hoffman and read the recording summary

Clean Energy Ministerial Releases CEM5 Roundtables Report

October 7, 2014

New Report offers insights from clean energy stakeholders in Seoul Korea in May 2014. Erb Executive in Residence, Tom Catania participated as a moderator at the event.

Read the report on Public-Private Roundtables at the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (pdf) or read more about the report online.

Two Erb students featured in Poets & Quants article on the Ross School of Business and the Erb Institute

October 1, 2014

Kelsea Ballantyne and Joanna Herrmann (both Erb ’16) were featured in Poets & Quants on Ross’ positive impact on social and sustainable business education.

Read “Ross: Making an impact before it was cool” (pdf) or read it online.

Video from the Michigan Ross Nespresso MBA Challenge Finalists

September 29, 2014

Watch the Nespresso MBA Challenge finalist’s from Michigan Ross “ground truth” their winning Nespresso recommendations in Costa Rica. Special thanks to Terry Nelidov, Erb Institute Managing Director for advising the team and Emma Wendt, Erb Institute Student Affairs Manager for accompanying the team in Costa Rica. Read more about the winning team and the Nespresso MBA Challenge.


New report from the National Academies on Climate Change Education

August 21, 2014

The National Academies Press recently released Climate Change Education: Preparing Future and Current Business Leaders. Ross Associate Dean Valerie Suslow is quoted on climate change in the curriculum in Chapter 3 and Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman is quoted in Chapter 4 on incorporating climate change education into business schools. Andy Hoffman also served on the report’s steering committee.  Read more

New article on hybrid organizations and corporate sustainability

August 21, 2014

Former Erb Post-doc, Nardia Haigh and Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman recently published the article on hybrid organizations and corporate sustainability in Organization & Environment.  Read the article: The New Heretics: Hybrid Organizations and the Challenges They Present to Corporate Sustainability (pdf) or online here.

This paper was featured in a Management Ink article, “Can a business be socially responsible and still make a profit?”.

Honey Bee Population Decline in Michigan

August 20, 2014

U-M Students Mike Bianco and Michelle Fournier and Erb student Jenny Cooper published their research on the interconnected relationship between industrial agriculture and the decline of honey bee colonies: Honey Bee Population Decline in Michigan: Causes, Consequences, and Responses to Protect the State’s Agriculture and Food System in the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.


October 2014

Oct 31 – Amcor Workshop on Sustainable Packaging


Feeding People and Reducing Waste: Is Sustainable Packaging a Paradox?

  • David Clark, VP, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability and member of the Erb External Advisory Board
  • Charlie Schwarze, Manager, Sustainability and Erb Class of 2014
  • Leonore Hijazi, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability Specialist and Erb Class of 2010
  • Leah Beal, Sustainability Specialist

This event is closed to the public and is by invitation only.

Oct 31 – Anthony Heyes / Erb Colloquium

Room: Ross, 1220

Topic: “NGO’s as Shiners of Light”

Anthony Heyes is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics, Department of Economics, University of Ottowa

Co-sponsored by: Business Economics at Ross

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November 2014

Nov 3-4 – Erb Peer Roundtable Meeting

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Nov 5 – Shale Public Finance: Oil and gas development and local governments / Daniel Raimi

Betty Ford Classroom (1110), Weill Hall, Ford School of Public Policy
Free and open to the public

Daniel Raimi, Associate in Research, Duke University Energy Institute

Sponsored by: Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)
Co-sponsored by: the Erb Institute and the Program in the Environment (PitE)

Event details

Nov 5 – EDF Climate Corps Internship Info Session

Ross School of Business, R2310

The Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps will be presenting an info session for graduate student summer internships.

Nov 5 – Michigan Business Challenge Info Session and Start-up Workshop

Michigan Business Challenge Info Session
W2760, Wyly Hall, Ross School of Business

Startup Workshop: How to Ideate
W2760, Wyly Hall, Ross School of Business

The Michigan Business Challenge is a campus-wide, multi-round business plan competition where student teams pitch their ideas for the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $75,000, gain feedback from judges and expand their business network. Round 1 kicks-off December 5 – Be a part of it! This challenge is sponsored jointly by ZLI, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute.

New This Year: Social Impact Track! This $15,000 award recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission driven goal through its product/service offerings and underlying operations. Eligible teams will be selected during the first round of MBC to compete in the Social Impact Track starting during the second round. This award is co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute.

Any student that submits an application will be invited to compete in Round 1. Intent to Compete due Nov. 17 at 8:00 a.m.

Nov 7 – Jim Rogers / Erb C-Suite Speaker Series

jim-rogers-dukeEnergy Policy, Environmental Policy and the Transformation of the Power Sector in the 21st Century
Friday, November 7
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Location:  Ross School of Business, Colloquium (6th Floor)

Jim Rogers was chairman of the board for Duke Energy until his retirement on December 31, 2013. Rogers served as a CEO in the utility industry for 25 years. Over that period, he delivered an average total sharefholder return of more than 12 percent per year by focusing on sustainable growth and executing a series of well-timed mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. In 2013, Rogers was awarded the Edison Electric Institute’s Distinguished Leadership Award by his industry peers in recognition of his 25 years of service and exemplary contributions to the electric utility industry.

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Nov 17 – Erb SAC Meeting

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Nov 24 – Stephanie Preston / Erb Colloquium

Dana, 2024

Stephanie Preston is an Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Title: “The Psychology and Neuroscience of Acquisitiveness”

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December 2014

Dec 11 – Sara Soderstrom & Kate Heinze / Erb Colloquium

Room: TBD

Sara Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor at LSA, University of Michigan. Kate Heinze is an Assistant Professor Sports Management, University of Michigan.

Title: “City Revitalization from the Ground Up: The Case of a Local Food Collective in Detroit”

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February 2015

Feb 2 – Carolyn Dimitri / Erb Colloquium

Time and location: TBD

Carolyn Dimitri
Associate Professor of Food Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

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Feb 13 – Aron Cramer / Erb C-Suite Speaker Series

aron-cramerWEFAron Cramer is the President and CEO of BSR. Aron is an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and NGOs. He advises senior executives at BSR’s 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of media outlets. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and significantly expanded its global presence. Aron is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, about the corporate responsibility strategies that drive business success.

Time and Location: TBA

April 2015

Apr 6 – Andrew Szasz / Erb Colloquium

Time and location: TBD

Andrew Szasz
Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies, University of California – Santa Cruz

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May 2015