News and Events


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.

3 Erb students named ZLI Zell and Mondry Scholars

August 14, 2014

Congratulations to Marianna Kerppola on her Mondry Scholarship and to Brian Rassel and Will Kletter on their Zell Scholarships from the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

These scholarships are available to “MBA students [who have] achieved a meritorious GPA and [have] demonstrated exemplary academic standing, strong entrepreneurial knowledge and interests, and engagement with courses, programs, and leadership at the University of Michigan”. Read more about their scholarship achievements (pdf) or read it online

Hoffman paper wins Organization and Environment best paper award

August 8, 2014

The Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, received the Organization and Environment best paper award at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference.

“Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the climate change debate.” The paper, which first appeared in Organization and Environment in March 2011, looks at the logic and arguments of the two main groups in the climate change debate and analyzes why the groups have been unable to meet eye to eye.
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Should professors engage in public debate?

July 29, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman shares his thoughts on why more university researchers aren’t engaging with the public and discusses the current trends. Listen to the Michigan Radio interview (14:59) | Michigan Radio summary (pdf) or read it online

Video: Food Access in Michigan Project

July 24, 2014

Under the direction of SNRE’s Dr. Dorceta Taylor, The Food Access in Michigan Project is researching the root causes for food insecurity across Michigan. Post Doctoral Fellow, Ethan Schoolman, describes the import of this unique research initiative in this 1:54″ video.

Erb Leaders Discuss Business Sustainability at AmCham Shanghai

July 16, 2014

Erb’s Managing Director Terry Nelidov, Associate Director of Research Tom Lyon, and Erb Post-doc alumnus and Shanghai Jiaotong University Associate Professor Haitao Yin, discussed risks and opportunities in business sustainability at AmCham Shanghai on July 10, 2014. There were close to 50 professionals and scholars in attendance with interests including corporate social responsibility and supply chain.
Experts Discuss Business Sustainability in China (pdf)| Read more about the discussions and presentations online

Paper production and water stewardship in the Great Lakes region

July 11, 2014

Watch this beautiful video on water stewardship and the paper industry in the Great Lakes region. Erb alumna and EAB member, Kathryn Buckner is featured near 3:19 in the video. This video was produced by: Detroit Public Television, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

July 10, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman recently published “Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change” in Ideas for Leaders. Andy gives examples of companies working on climate change mitigation and adaptation plans to reduce climate impact on their companies’ operations and offers insight on an eight-step process for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read the online article | Download the PDF


September 2014

Sept 24 – Cooperative federalism and climate change: Rethinking traditional state and federal roles

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109-3091

Kirsten Engel is the Charles E. Ares Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona where she teaches and researches in the areas of environmental and administrative law with a particular emphasis upon federalism and the role of the courts in fostering policy responses to climate change. Dr. Engel will discuss a recent paper that examines the bases for federal allocation, among the various states, of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet federal air pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. Event details

Pizza will be provided and this event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by: Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, Erb Institute, Environmental Law Policy Program, Energy Institute, and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Sept 26 – Michigan Energy Conference

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Ross School of Business

Conference agenda and details

Sept 26 – 6th Annual India Business Conference

8:30am – 7:00pm
Ross School of Business

Speakers from around the world attend this conference and discuss topics relevant for all students with an interest in global business. This year, panels composed of renowned leaders from global organizations, government, and academia will address the 4 Trends Impacting Global Business that Every Leader Needs to Know: Business Education in India, Managing Indian Talent, Base of the Pyramid Lessons and Opportunities, and Multinational Corporate Strategy in India.

Conference Details | Conference Registration

October 2014

Oct 3 – Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment (TE3) Conference

Rackham Building, University of Michigan
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

TE3 is a one-day conference that will discuss and highlight recent research on Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment. 
Co-sponsored by: University of Michigan Energy Institute, Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics (MITRE) and the Erb Institute.

To learn more, and to register, visit the conference site

Oct 9 – EAB Meeting and Dinner


Open to Erb EAB members



Open to Erb EAB members, alumni, students, faculty and staff

Oct 9-12 – Erb Returns: Alumni reunion

Erb Alumni: We hope to see you at Erb Returns in October. Register here!

Oct 10 – Global Human Rights & Labor Standards Symposium

Ross Colloquium (6th Floor)

The symposium will cover the challenges of ensuring social responsibility in the globally dispersed supply chains of today, historical approaches universities have taken, current industry best practices and challenges and brainstorm what ought to be the role of a university and how could they fulfill that role more effectively. The audience for the conference will include faculty/students/licensees/and members of labor standard committees from other schools.

President Schlissel will deliver the welcome address. Professor Michael H. Posner, co-Director of the Center for Business and Human Rights and Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern School of Business (former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) of the United States) will deliver a keynote address on the “Evolution of Global Manufacturing and New Challenges”.

The day’s events include plenary, panel and moderated break-out sessions.  Panel topics / speakers include:

  • Professor Richard Locke, Howard Swearer Director, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University.
  • A  panel session on Leading Industry Practices on Supply Chain Engagement Strategies for Social Responsibility; (tentative) panelists include Nike, Barnes & Noble, and Colosseum Athletics.
  • A panel session on University’s Role in Labor Standards and Human Rights; Panelists include:  Marsha Dickson (U. of Delaware);  Siobán Harlow (U of Michigan), Scott Nova (WRC), Claudia Coenjaerts (FLA)
  • Elizabeth Kennedy, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, The Collegiate Licensing Company – an IMG Company, will lead a discussion on Building Responsible Supply Chains in Small & Medium Companies
  • Breakout and report out on next steps for Universities

Registration and additional event details

November 2014

Nov 3-4 – Erb Peer Roundtable Meeting

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Nov 7 -James E. Rogers | Erb Speaker Series

Jim Rogers is chairman of the board for Duke Energy. Prior to being elected chairman in January 2007, he also served as Duke Energy’s president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013.
Details TBA.


Nov 17 – Erb SAC Meeting

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

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