Location: Dana, 2024
Topic: Organizational change and energy reforms
Sara Soderstrom & Todd Schifeling, University of Michigan
Co-sponsored by Ross Strategy
Location: 1040 Dana
Co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Systems
*By invite only
In a fast-paced, hands-on #BeTheSignal workshop, Andy Revkin, the prize-winning New York Times Dot Earth blogger and Pace University Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, will show how anyone can cut against the noise and overload on the Web and become an effective online communicator, community builder and information sleuth. The session will start with a high-speed tour of cutting-edge material on blogs, Twitter, Facebook (yes, Facebook) and YouTube. The class will shift to workshop mode, as Revkin works with participants in live demonstrations to build their comfort level with these Web tools.
We look forward to welcoming you to Ann Arbor starting with an informal reception on Thursday, October 13. Scheduled programming will run from Friday, October 14-Saturday, October 15. The registration site is now open. We will continue to update the agenda as we fill in programming.
Erb Returns is a time to reconnect and network with fellow Erb alumni and to reinvigorate your passion for sustainability! Programming will include breakout sessions and hands-on workshops. We are looking for alumni to give Ted Talks, lead sessions, present on innovative work, share major lessons you’ve learned navigating careers that incorporate your passion for sustainability and share best practices in your work. We will be sending out a call for proposals in early summer.
Co-sponsored by Ross M&O
Location: Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium
Kathleen McLaughlin is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Walmart, and the President of the Walmart Foundation. Walmart uses its strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster inclusive economic development; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel, and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Last year, in addition to business initiatives investing in people and businesses in supply chains, the company surpassed over $1.4 billion in giving worldwide, including $1 billion of food donations. McLaughlin joined Walmart in 2013. Before that, she spent over 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, and she also earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
Location: U-M Rackham Building
Climate change is a potential threat to the welfare of mankind and its mitigation is becoming urgent. Nuclear energy, which provides one-fifth of U.S. electricity generation, is currently the leading utility-scale, carbon-free baseload power source in America. But it is expensive, controversial, and regulated in a way that poses challenges to technological innovation. So how does nuclear power fit into U.S. climate change mitigation goals going forward?
In what way can nuclear power be a major factor in the portfolio of options being considered to lower greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change? With the rapid growth of natural gas production in the United States, how has the economics of nuclear power changed? What are the social, policy and technological challenges to nuclear power in the United States? What are the challenges to developing and deploying new technologies and designs?
In September 2016, the University of Michigan, a global leader in nuclear engineering research, will explore the various obstacles to the wider deployment of this carbon-free energy source. From regulation to reactor design, speakers will discuss the economic, safety, security, policy, and social issues that will define nuclear power’s future role as a climate change mitigation tool.