News and Events


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)

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

New Book: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

February 25, 2015

Book Cover (1)How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
By: Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman
Stanford University Press, 2015

Book description: Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, or climate modeling; rather, it is the product of contrasting, deeply entrenched worldviews. This brief examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology, and political science, Andrew J. Hoffman lays bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. He then extracts lessons from major cultural shifts in the past to engender a better understanding of the problem and motivate the public to take action. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.


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Raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

February 12, 2015

Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Professor at SNRE and graduate student Joshua Novacheck reviewed the potential scenarios of an expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in the state of Michigan. They found that the reduction of carbon could have significant environmental benefits. Read more about their research (pdf) or online here.

This research was funded by the U-M Energy Institute with contributions from Professor Mark Barteau and Thomas Lyon.

Professor Tom Lyon shares research on corporate ‘brownwashing’

January 20, 2015

Professor Tom Lyon, Erb’s Associate Director of Research shares research findings on corporate ‘brownwashing’ in a radio interview with WEMU. Read more about the interview (pdf) or listen to the recording here.

Congratulations to the 2015 Dow Sustainability Fellows

January 16, 2015

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Dow Sustainability Fellows with a special nod to Erb recipients: Joanna Herrmann, Marianna Kerppola, and John Serron.

Read more about the new fellows (pdf) or read more online.

Utilities invite consumers to compare energy consumption with neighbor’s

December 15, 2014

Utilities invite you to compare your energy use with your neighbor’s. Does this help drive down consumption? Erb’s Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, believes it does. Read Utility customers bristle at comparisons of neighbors (pdf) or read it online.


April 2015

Apr 6 – Andrew Szasz / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, Wyly W0768

Andrew Szasz is a professor and Chair of Environmental Studies at the University of California – Santa Cruz.

View upcoming Erb colloquium speakers

Apr 8 – Shale Politics in Europe: Policy and Protest / CLOSUP

Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom 1110
Free and open to the public

Pizza served at 12:50pm

Dr. Elizabeth Bomberg, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Description: The development of shale gas, especially through hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’) has become increasingly important and contested. While much as been written on shale extraction policy in the US, coverage of shale politics and policy in Europe is less well known. In this talk Elizabeth Bomberg will explore the politics surrounding shale exploration in Europe, focusing on a series of core questions: Why has shale extraction become so contested in Europe? How important is shale to Europe’s energy mix? Why have different European states adopted such different positions on shale extraction? What role will the European Union (EU) play in shaping shale development in its member states? Throughout the talk Dr. Bomberg will make comparisons to shale developments and politics in the US.

Co-sponsored by: University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and Program in the Environment (PitE)

Event details

Apr 9 – Responsible Resource Use / Sustainable Ann Arbor Series

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

Responsible Resource Use, including an overview of waste, compost, and recycling across the community​

Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Details

Apr 13 – Carolyn Dimitri / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, Wyly W0768

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

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Apr 16-17 – Competing Visions for a Sustainable Future / ELPP Conference

unnamedApril 16 – 4:00pm & April 17 – 8:00am-4:15pm
1225 South Hall, U-M Law School

The keynote address will be delivered Fred Krupp ’78, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Defense Fund, on Thursday, April 16th at 4:00 in Room 1225 (The McDowell Room) of South Hall. On Friday, April 17th, there will be panel discussions focused on Global Efforts to Address Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Land Use Conflicts, Local and Grass Roots Solutions, and Corporate Environmental Leadership with additional breakout sessions over lunch discussing Water and Urban Development, International Conservation and Human Right.

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law

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Apr 17 – Canceled – Nandini Rajagopalan / Erb Colloquium

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Nandini Rajagopalan is Captain Henry Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall School of Business.

Apr 17 – Erb Graduation Celebration

Michigan Union, Pendelton Room

This event is open to the Erb Community

May 2015

May 13 – Delivering on Science’s Social Contract / Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Rackham Amphitheater

“Delivering on Science’s Social Contract”

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University, former Administrator of NOAA and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

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May 14-15 – Ross Positive Business Conference

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May 15

Michigan Ross is hosting the 2nd annual Positive Business Conference. The conference will deliver workshops and keynote sessions designed to inspire and empower professionals to create engaged and productive workplaces through positive business.

Register to attend and learn more about the conference

May 15 – Good, Bad and Maybe: Communicating Scientific Certainties and Uncertainties / Dr. Richard Alley

Rackham Amphitheater

“Good, Bad, and Maybe: Communicating Scientific Near-Certainties and Deep-Uncertainties to a Non-Scientific Audience”

Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

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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