News and Events


New report from the National Academies on Climate Change Education

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

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.

Honey Bee Population Decline in Michigan

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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


August 2014

Aug 25-29 – SNRE New Student Orientation

View the SNRE New Student Orientation – Fall 2014 details and schedule here.

Note: Erb Students are excused on Friday, August 29th for Erb Orientation.

Aug 25-28 – Ross Leadership Initiative

Details to be announced

Aug 29 – Erb New Student Orientation (Day 1)

Details to be announced

September 2014

Sept 9 – Michigan Energy Futures Conference II

Time: 8:30am-6:30pm
Location: Ross School of Business

Registration closes on September 3rd.

Registration | Agenda | Hosts and sponsors


Sept 14 – Erb New Student Orientation (Day 2)

Details to be announced

Sept 26 – 2014 Michigan Energy Conference

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Location: Ross School of Business

Conference agenda and details

October 2014

Oct 9-12 – Erb Returns: Alumni reunion

Erb Alumni: We hope to see you at Erb Returns in October. Register here!

November 2014

Nov 7 -James E. Rogers | Erb Speaker Series

Jim 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.