News and Events


Erb student featured as top innovative female U-M student to watch in 2015

April 15, 2015

Erb student, Marianna Kerppola was featured as a top innovative female student at the University of Michigan to watch in 2015 for her startup, BetterHope. Read the featured blog “15 Innovative Female Students to Watch in 2015″ (pdf) or read it online.

Read more about Marianna Kerppola in her featured profile

Erb Faculty Director Interviewed by Bloomberg Radio

April 14, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman was interviewed by Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on Hays Advantage about “why people reject climate change” while speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference on April 13, 2015. Listen to the interview on “Why People Reject Climate Change” (audio mp3)

Blog on the morality of climate change featured in New York Times

April 10, 2015

A blog written by Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman and Erb Student, Jenna White was recommended by New York Times reporter, Andrew Revkin on the topic of climate change as a moral issue.

Read “The pope as messenger: making climate change a moral issue” on the Erb Perspective Blog or on The Conversation.

Read the New York Times article (pdf) or read it online.

California’s water restrictions and business sustainability

April 9, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman spoke on Marketplace NPR about the recent water restrictions in California and how markets could react to water saving toilets and faucets.

Listen to and read the article online or read the pdf.

U-M Fresh Fare wins 2nd place at Innovation in Action Competition

March 17, 2015

FreshFareCongratulations to Erb student Mikaela Rodkin and her U-M Fresh Fare student team members on winning 2nd place at the SPH Innovation in Action competition! Fresh Fare strives to increase access to healthy food through a transportation collaboration between grocery retailers and a rideshare program.

Read more about the competition and Fresh Fare (pdf) or online here.

University of Michigan Team Advances to Regional Finals of Hult Prize

March 12, 2015

Congratulations to the University of Michigan team PortaPlay for advancing on to the regional Hult Prize finals in San Francisco, California on March 13 and 14, 2015.
Follow PortaPlay on Twitter: @rePLAY_india

Read the press release (pdf)

Sustainability: How to get from here to there

March 10, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman wrote an article in Leadership Excellence on the theory of change for sustainability with steps for how it can be achieved. The outlined steps are as follows: first, understanding the current realities; second, a clear vision for a desired future; and finally, how that vision will become a reality through hope.

Read Sustainability: How to get from here to there (pdf) or read it online here.

Erb Associate Director of Research featured for keynote speech at GlobalChem Conference

March 10, 2015

Erb Associate Director of Research, Tom Lyon was featured in the Chemical Regulation Reporter for his keynote speech at the 2015 GlobalChem Conference on “Data disclosure, public pressure said to play key roles in chemical makers’ pollution cuts”.

The featured article is published in the Chemical Regulation Reporter, and can be viewed in Vol 39, No.10 on p. 258-9.

Erb student wins Luce Fellowship!

March 3, 2015

CooperErb student, Jenny Cooper recently became a 2015-2016 Luce Scholar. Congratulations, Jenny, and best of luck on your Luce Fellowship!

Read more about Jenny and the Luce Fellowship


June 2015

June 2 – Supply Chain Sustainability: Emerging Trends and Opportunities for Action / BSR Connect Event

Detroit, Michigan

The event will feature an interactive dialogue with BSR issue experts and industry peers highlighting best practices and opportunities for action, followed by an informal reception to continue the conversation.

During this event, we will discuss:

  • Commodities of concern: From conflict minerals and leather to electronics and beyond, what are significant sustainability issues in the commodities and components used in automotive and other industrial supply chains?
  • Human rights and working conditions: How do new global standards on business and human rights apply to company supply chains, and how can companies engage effectively?
  • Climate resilience: What role is climate change, as well as potential regulatory responses, likely to play in global supply chains, and how can companies prepare?

Event registration and details

August 2015

Aug 7-11 – 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Theme: Opening Governance

Event details

September 2015

Sept 25 – Erb Welcome Back Dinner

Time and location TBD

This event is open to the Erb Community

October 2015

Oct 15 – EAB Dinner

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Open to Erb community members

Oct 16 – EAB Meeting

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Open to Erb EAB members