News and Events


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.

Michigan Ross team wins 1st place in the Renewable Energy Case Competition

December 10, 2014

flyer_image_309782_img_4342_126224835_126224835On Friday, December 5th, the sixth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition was hosted at the Ross School of Business by the Ross Energy Club. Teams represented Business schools from across the U.S. and included Northwestern (Kellogg), UNC (Kenan-Flagler), Duke University (Faqua) and the Ross School of Business.

Congratulations to the winning team, Hertz Lockers from the Ross School of Business! Read more about the teams and the competition

Will Michigan Redefine Fuel from Burning Tires as Renewable Energy?

December 10, 2014

DETROIT, MI- DECEMBER 13: Old tires rest near the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant December 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) | Joshua Lott via Getty Images

Michigan has an abundance of waste tires that could become a renewable energy source. Erb Faculty Director Andy Hoffman weighs in on the conversation with Huffpost Detroit and raises important considerations on the topic. Read more about burning tires as renewable energy (pdf) or read it online.

From the Peace Corps to Sustainability at Ross

November 22, 2014

sheena-375x500Erb Student, Sheena VanLeuven shares her story with Poets & Quants on her experiences prior to Michigan and her reflections on the Erb Institute dual degree program. Read Sheena’s story (pdf) or read it online

How can big corporations hit renewable energy targets?

November 21, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman,  is quoted in an  International Business Times story on the  renewable energy targets within large corporations from environmental groups. Read more about renewable energy targets within large corporations (pdf) or read it online.

Can more public engagement with faculty research create greater impact?

November 10, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, would like to see more climate scientists engage in public outreach related to their research to help inform the public of their findings. Other universities such as Oregon State University and Northern Arizona University agree that efforts to engage faculty in more public engagement would be beneficial to both the faculty members and the universities.

Read more about faculty public outreach (pdf) or read more online.

Ross student team wins the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Midwest Case Competition

November 10, 2014

GE-Case-Competition-PresentationOn Friday, November 7th, a Ross team consisting of first year Ross student Thiago Gdikian, and second year Erb students Nate Underwood, Pavel Azgaldov, and John Serron won the 2014 GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Midwest Case Competition. The case question asked teams to develop two new product innovations for any of GE’s lines of business and pitch these concepts to senior managers. The judges appreciated the potential of the team’s two concepts in the water and traffic management spaces to reduce driving deaths, fuel consumption, water use, electricity use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Nate Underwood commented to on the team’s experience. “We really appreciated the chance to ideate on a very broad case question. It made the case much more challenging because we had to screen every potential concept against GE’s many products and services, but we enjoyed stretching our creativity and marketing abilities. This challenging ideation process put us a couple days behind schedule, but the team really came together last week to develop an excellent analysis, slide deck, and pitch. We are grateful to the Mendoza School of Business for hosting us, but we enjoyed scoring a victory for Michigan just a few hundred feet from the stadium where Michigan football was shut out this fall.”

The competition included teams from Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State University, and Wisconsin. The winning prize included $4000 and guaranteed Experienced Commercial Leadership Program internship interviews.

The Cultural Schism of Climate Change

October 27, 2014

"Climate Change?!" by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

“Climate Change?!” by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

The Cultural Schism of Climate Change: How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S.

Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, continues to inform the debate on climate change communication in this new Stanford University blog post. Read more about The Cultural Schism of Climate Change (pdf) or read it online.


January 2015

Jan 26 – Shelie Miller / Erb Colloquium

shelie_millerTime: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Ross, Wyly W0768

Shelie Miller is an Associate Professor at the U-M  School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.

Jan 30-31 – Asia Business Conference

The Asia Business Conference is the pioneer conference about Asia at the Ross School of Business whilst also being the longest-running student-organized business conference about Asia in North America. This conference is a unique opportunity for all students and faculty members to obtain first hand information regarding various industries and Asian countries all at once. The conference is also designed to provide personal interactions between speakers and students through panels, meals, and networking session.

View the conference agenda and registration details here

February 2015

Feb 2 – 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

Feb 12 – Economic Vitality / Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

Economic Vitality, including current economic development projects, community investment, and business development

  • Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
  • Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Amber Miller, Planning & Research Specialist, Downtown Development Authority
  • Connie Pulcipher, Systems Planner, City of Ann Arbor
  • Rena Basch, Founder, Locavorious, and Board Member, Food System Economic Partnership
  • Neel Hajra, President and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Details

Feb 13 – Mike Russo / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, R1240

Co-sponsored by: Ross Strategy

Mike Russo is a Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon.

Feb 13 – Aron Cramer / Erb C-Suite Speaker Series

aron-cramerWEFAron Cramer is the President and CEO of BSR. Aron is an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and NGOs. He advises senior executives at BSR’s 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of media outlets. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and significantly expanded its global presence. Aron is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, about the corporate responsibility strategies that drive business success.

Time and Location: TBA

March 2015

Mar 11 – Arthur Lupia / Erb Colloquium

Lupia, Arthur12:00-1:00pm
Location: Ross, Wyly W0770

Co-sponsored by: Ross Management & Organizations

Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science; Research Professor for the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Mar 12 – Sustainable Systems / Sustainable Ann Arbor Series

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

Sustainable Systems, including an overview of city wet weather projects and community-led solutions to increased precipitation

Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Details

Mar 25 – Aaron McCright / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, Wyly W0770

Co-sponsored by: Ross Management & Orgnaizations

Aaron McCright Associate Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.

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.


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 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

Time and location TBD

This event is open to the Erb Community

May 2015

September 2015

Sept 25 – Erb Welcome Back Dinner

Time and location TBD

This event is open to the Erb Community