Events Archive

May 2015

May 2 – SNRE Commencement

1:30pm; doors open at 1:00pm

Location: Rackham Auditorium

This event is open to graduating students and their guests (see more details)

Commencement details

May 1 – Ross Commencement

BBA, MAcc, MsE & MM Ceremony: 4:00pm
MBA & PhD Ceremony: 7:00pm

Location: Hill Auditorium

Tickets are required for all graduates and guests.

Commencement details

April 2015

Apr 22 – Driving the future: Combating climate change with cleaner, smarter cars

Noon – 1pm (pizza lunch served at 11:45am)
Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110), 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

In recognition of Earth Day, please join us for a very special lecture about what it takes to pass historic air quality legislation. Margo Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, the last 18 of which she directed the Office of Transportation Air Quality. Ms. Oge led the Obama Administration’s landmark 2012 Clean Air Act deal with automakers, the nation’s first action targeting greenhouse gases. This regulation will double the fuel efficiency of automakers’ fleets to 54.5 mpg and cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2025.

In Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars Margo Oge will provide the ultimate insider’s account of the science, politics, policy, legal battles and, most importantly, the people who made this regulation possible. She then describes the technological, social, economic and regulatory terrain in which even larger reductions in greenhouse gases could be achieved. Finally, she lays out the future of technology that will enable a global market for super-efficient, zero carbon-emitting vehicles and other sustainable personal mobility options.

Oge envisions a future of clean, intelligent vehicles with lighter frames and alternative power trains, such as plug in electric and fuel cell vehicles that produce zero emissions and average 100+ mpg. The cars of tomorrow will have electronic architectures more like that of airplanes, and will be smarter and safer, park themselves, and network with other vehicles on the road to drive themselves, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These innovative vehicles will be necessary to combat climate change as the transportation sector accounts for one-third the global greenhouse gas emissions in the US.

Sponsored by: University of Michigan Energy Institute; University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP); and the University of Michigan Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP)

Event 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

Michigan Union, Pendelton Room

This event is open to the Erb Community

Apr 16-17 – Competing Visions for a Sustainable Future / ELPP Conference

unnamedApril 16 – 4:00pm & April 17 – 8:00am-4:15pm
1225 South Hall, U-M Law School

The keynote address will be delivered Fred Krupp ’78, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Defense Fund, on Thursday, April 16th at 4:00 in Room 1225 (The McDowell Room) of South Hall. On Friday, April 17th, there will be panel discussions focused on Global Efforts to Address Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Land Use Conflicts, Local and Grass Roots Solutions, and Corporate Environmental Leadership with additional breakout sessions over lunch discussing Water and Urban Development, International Conservation and Human Right.

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law

Conference details

Apr 15 – Applied Climate Open House

Graham Sustainability Institute, 215 S State Street (above Sava’s Restaurant)

The evening will feature presentations from several students currently in the program and an overview of the program from Dr. Ricky Rood.

Pizza and Refreshments Provided. Please RSVP to Sandy Pytlinski at

Apr 15 – Redefining the Role of Business in Society

11:30am EDT
Google Hangout – Register here

Free and open to the public

A Hangout with Dow’s  Chairman and CEO, Andrew Liveris and Global Sustainability Leaders

Moderator: Alice Korngold, Author, “A Better World, Inc.”


  • Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
  • James Fitterling, Vice Chairman, Business Operations, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Neil Hawkins, Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • John Elkington, Co-founder, Environmental Data Services, SustainAbility, Volans
  • P.J. Simmons, Chairman, Corporate Eco Forum
  • Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Cancelled: Apr 13 – Carolyn Dimitri / Erb Colloquium


Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: SNRE, Dana 1024

“The Organic-Conventional Yield Gap”

Carolyn Dimitri
Associate Professor of Food Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

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Apr 11 – The Business of Being Green / Telluride Lecture Series

Colloquium Room, East Hall 4448, 530 Church Street

Joseph Trumpey is a professor in the Stamps School of Design and the School of Natural Resources & Environment

Green start-up companies:

  • Infusion Technologies
  • Vivergy
  • Digested Organics
  • Hiveland