News and Events
March 17, 2015
Congratulations 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.
March 12, 2015
March 3, 2015
Erb’s Managing Director, Terry Nelidov was featured in the month long Sustainable Brands Series in February 2015 called Academic Engagement: How Business & Business Schools Partner to Drive Sustainable Innovation.
Don’t miss the featured article on the Erb Institute with commentary from our Managing Director, Terry Neldiov and Executive-in-Residence, Tom Catania: Strength in Numbers: Erb Institute Harnesses the Power of Consensus (pdf) or read it online.
Q&A’s with commentary from Managing Director, Terry Nelidov:
- Do Sustainability Research Centers View Industry as a Partner or Client? (pdf) or read it online
- What are the Success Factors and Risks for Relationships Between Industry and Academia? (pdf) or read it online
- How do Sustainability Research Centers Influence Business School Curriculum? (pdf) or read it online
- How Does Sustainability Research Fit Within Business Schools? (pdf) or read it online
March 3, 2015
February 25, 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.
This book has been featured in:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education – February 9, 2015
Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy (pdf)
- GreenBiz – February 27, 2015
From Al Gore to Solyndra, 4 ways culture shapes the climate debate (pdf)
- Michigan Radio – March 4, 2015
New Book explores peoples’ attitudes towards climate change (pdf)
- Corporate EcoForum, EcoInnovator Blog – March 8, 2015
The Cultural Schism of Climate Change: How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S. (pdf)
- ecoAmerica, ecoAffect – March 9, 2015
Climate Through a Cultural Lens: Why People Disagree on Climate Change (pdf)
- Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation – March 11, 2015
Book Review: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (pdf)
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.
February 9, 2015
Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman believes that research only used for academic purposes “is dangerous–for both society and higher education”. This article urges academic scholars to reach broader audiences, and provide solutions to some of the biggest problems our society currently faces. Read more: Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy (pdf) or online here
January 20, 2015
January 16, 2015
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.
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)
Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.
Responsible Resource Use, including an overview of waste, compost, and recycling across the community
April 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
This event has been canceled
Nandini Rajagopalan is Captain Henry Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship & Professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall School of Business.
Michigan Union, Pendelton Room
This event is open to the Erb Community
Location: Assembly Hall, Rackham Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
This Michigan Meeting will be a culmination of an 18 month dialogue on an issue of interdisciplinary and global importance: the engagement of the academy in creating informed decision-making with the public and political realms.
“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
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.
May 15 – Good, Bad and Maybe: Communicating Scientific Certainties and Uncertainties / Dr. Richard Alley
“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
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Theme: Opening Governance
Time and location TBD
This event is open to the Erb Community