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News

U-M apparel liscensees to follow Bangladesh safety accord

President Mary Sue Coleman announced on April 1st that U-M will adopt a worker safety initiative by recommendation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh initiative is a five year agreement to establish public reporting, independent fire and building safety inspectors and improving factory safety practices for workers. Read more

Erb faculty affiliate and Ross professor, Ravi Anupindi is chair of the advisory committee and Erb student, Kelsea Ballantyne (’16) serves on the advisory committee. Congratulations, Professor Anupindi and Kelsea, and thanks for your work on this important initiative!

Ann Arbor: Gateway To Greater Energy Efficiency

Co-hosted by the Erb Institute on March 31, 2014, the Energy 2030 on the Road conference put the spotlight on Ann Arbor as one of the nation’s most progressive energy innovation cities. Ann Arbor Mayor, John Hieftje, DTE Energy and GetDowntown are among those featured in this blog from conference co-host, The Alliance to Save EnergyRead the blog | Read the Media Release on the conference

Erb Faculty Director joins Corporate EcoForum advisory board

The Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, joins pioneering leaders of the Corporate EcoForum advisory board who work to advance sustainability within the the Global 500. Congratulations Andy!

9 New Erb Case Studies Impacting Business Education

Recently released: 9 new Erb case studies through GlobaLens that are focused on impacting business education. Case study topics include: Whole Foods Market as a luxury grocer in Detroit and Apple on their labor rights and global supply chain. Read more about our Erb GlobaLens case studies here.

NPR Interview with Andy Hoffman and former Congressman Bob Inglis

Erb director, Andy Hoffman and former Congressman Bob Inglis interviewed on “The Politics of Climate Change” on the broadcast All Sides with Ann Fisher on March 13. Watch the interview

Erb paper published in top management journal

Supported in part by Erb Institute funding, a paper based upon a study of Erb Students and Alums and how they sustain themselves in supporting environmental issues has been published in The Academy of Management Journal. (Abstract on AMJ)

It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Role of Self-Evaluations in Explaining Support for Environmental Issues (pdf)

Written by: Scott Sonneshein (Ross PhD), Katy DeCelles (former Erb Post Doc) and Jane Dutton (Ross POS and Erb Faculty Affiliate ). Rice University  produced a video based on the paper:
Congratulations Scott, Katy and Jane!

New SustainAbility report released

SustainAbility Report: Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability, co-authored by Erb alum Ryan Whisnant and a SustainAbility colleague.

The report identifies 20 distinct business models falling into five categories, offering a closer look at what’s occurring in each of these models to produce more sustainable outcomes. Read the report

Do we need a new definition of sustainability?

Erb Director, Andy Hoffman gives keynote speech titled “Do we need a new definition of sustainability?” at the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum luncheon on Feb. 10. Listen to Professor Hoffman’s speech

 

Blog – A Fresh Look at Infrastructure

A Fresh Look at Infrastructure – Through the Prism of Resiliency, Big Data
By Sander Dolder (’13) and Devin McIntire (’13)

“During a recent World Environment Center roundtable in New York City, it became clear that modern challenges including urbanization, climate change and economic woes are forcing the public and private sectors to revamp their thinking about infrastructure.” Read the full blog

Whirlpool looks to its “next generation” refrigerators for greatly reduced environmental impact

Whirlpool Corporation announced a next generation of refrigerators containing an insulating chemical expected to greatly reduce or eliminate depletion of the ozone layer. These zero GWP (global warming potential) appliances will address the manufacturer’s dilemma of how to produce ever more energy efficient products while reducing the use of insulators that are harmful.

Tom Catania, now Erb Institute Executive in Residence, was a sponsor of the project when he headed global public policy for Whirlpool and served on the company’s Refrigeration Global Product team.

“This project was conceived as one where the environmental issues associated with what the industry had been using in the past were addressed, while also conveying a first mover competitive advantage over others who were forced to compromise on energy efficiency or product cost when choosing previous generations of blowing agent solutions,” Catania said. Read more

 

Events

April 2014

Apr 17 – SNRE Honors and Awards

3:00pm
1040 Dana

SNRE Honors and Awards, followed by the annual picnic at ~4:30 and the Ann Arbor Alumni Reception at 6:00.

Apr 17 – Jedediah Purdy – Lecture Series / Environmental Law and Policy Program (ELPP)

Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall, Law School
This event is free and open to the public and will be followed with a reception.

Speaker: Jedediah Purdy, the Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University

His talk will provide a preview of his next book, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene.  Professor Purdy is perhaps best known for his first book,  For Common Things:  Irony, Trust and Commitment in America Today, which he wrote at the age of 24.  He “writes at the intersection of law and social and political thought” with a keen interest in our relationship to nature.

Co-sponsored by CLOSUP, the Erb Institute, the Graham Sustainability Institute, the Program in the Environment, the University of Michigan Energy Institute, and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.

Apr 25 – Graduation Convocation

Tom Gladwin, affectionately known as “Dr. Hope”

Erb Community: come celebrate the class of 2014′s graduation as well as Tom Gladwin’s influential and  impactful career.

5:30-9:00pm
Cobblestone Farm
All Erb Community members including students and alums are invited to attend.

May 2014

May 8-9 – Green Infrastructure Conference

Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference: Protecting water resources and promoting economic development

Location: Lansing Center

Registration and event details

October 2014

Oct 10-12 – Erb Returns: Alumni reunion

Erb Alumni: Please mark your calendars!

This is a home football game weekend (against Penn State)! Stay tuned for lodging and other details.

Interested in joining the alumni planning committee for the reunion? Contact Leonore Hijazi (’10), Stephanie Judd (’13) or Emma Wendt for more information.