News and Events


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.

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.


March 2015

Mar 11 – Arthur Lupia / Erb Colloquium

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

Co-sponsored by: Ross Management & Organizations

“Our Own Worst Enemy: Using Science to Improve Science Communication”

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.

View upcoming Erb colloquium speakers

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 12 – Business and Society: Lessons Learned from Walmart’s Corporate Social Responsibility Journey / WDI Speaker Series

Ross, R1220
Reception immediately following

Free and open to the public

Beth Keck, Senior Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart Stores, Inc.

With more than $470 billion in revenue, Walmart has an opportunity to use its scale for social good. Beth Keck, Senior Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment, will discuss key turning points in Walmart’s corporate social responsibility journey during the past decade; how the company has developed sustainability and women’s economic empowerment strategies and commitments commiserate with its size, and the role of partnerships with government, NGOs, academics and others in achieving results.

Mar 13-14 – Urban Development Now Symposium

8:30 am
University of Michigan Museum of Art

This event is free and open to the public.
Lunch is provided for registered guests.

Register for the lunch | Symposium details

Mar 25 – Leigh Tost / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, Wyly W0770

Co-sponsored by: Ross Management & Organizations

Leigh Tost, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

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Mar 27 – SNRE Admitted Student Visit Day

SNRE – Various Locations

Event details

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.

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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 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

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

Event details

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