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


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 6 – “Reflections on the politics of food” / Erb Colloquium

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Lecture Title: “Reflections on the politics of food”

John Vandermeer is the Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the ecology of agroecosystems, especially in the tropics where he has been working on tropical rainforest dynamics and ecological complexity in the coffee ecosystem for the past 20 years. He teaches courses in ecology and agroecology. He has authored or edited 15 books and over 200 scientific articles, as well as many popular articles in various venues. He is especially focused on structural aspects of the world food system and the inequality that surrounds it.

Oct 9 – EAB Meeting and Dinner


Open to Erb EAB members



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

Oct 9 – MCubed Symposium

Rackham Auditorium, Michigan League, and Alumni Center

Register now for the MCubed Symposium, which last year’s participants described as an “innovation accelerator in and of itself.”

Be inspired by a keynote from President Mark Schlissel, who will share his vision for research and scholarship at the University of Michigan.  Enjoy fascinating TED-like talks from faculty and students on autism, the health impacts of global trade, Facebook, environmental justice in Detroit, and more.  Experience MCubed’s massive poster session and identify potential collaborators on the spot.  Learn from session presentations on informatics, cancer therapies, and water and environment.  Get ready to be energized by updates from over 200 cubes!

Learn more about MCubed, a real-time seed funding program that empowers multi-unit faculty teams to advance immediately with novel ideas.  MCubed is proudly based in the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) and is part of the Third Century Initiative, launched by the offices of the President and Provost.

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

Oct 20 – The Lilliputians and the Future of Environmental Regulation / Michelle Pautz

Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided.

Michelle Pautz, Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, University of Dayton

Description: The modern environmental regulatory state in the U.S. has been dictated by statutes that are more than four decades old and is in need of updating.  However, in the face of a gridlocked Congress and growing partisanship nationwide, it is unlikely those changes will come from our elected leaders; therefore, we have to turn elsewhere.  The often-unnoticed actor in environmental policy is the state regulator—the Lilliputian.  Together, these Lilliputians comprise the foundation of environmental regulation and the future regulatory state should increasingly rely on these little giants of environmental protection.

Co-sponsored by: the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Erb Institute

Event details

Oct 31 – Anthony Heyes / Erb Colloquium

Room: TBD

Anthony Heyes is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Economics, Department of Economics, University of Ottowa

Co-sponsored by: U-M Business Economics

November 2014

Nov 3-4 – Erb Peer Roundtable Meeting

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Nov 7 – Jim Rogers / Erb C-Suite Speaker Series

jim_rogers_duke-thumb-270x377Jim 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

Nov 24 – Stephanie Preston / Erb Colloquium

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Stephanie Preston is an Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Title: “The Psychology and Neuroscience of Acquisitiveness”

December 2014

Dec 11 – Sara Soderstrom & Kate Heinze / Erb Colloquium

Room: TBD

Sara Soderstrom is an Assistant Professor at LSA, University of Michigan. Kate Heinze is an Assistant Professor Sports Management, University of Michigan.

Title: “Community Gardens in Detroit”

May 2015