Events Archive

April 2014

Apr 3 – Michigan Energy Forum / Distributed Storage

SPARK Central – 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Free and open to the public.

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March 2014

Mar 31 – Energy 2030 on the Road Conference: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium

Co-hosted by: the Alliance to Save Energy, the Erb Institute and the City of Ann Arbor

This “must attend” event for energy efficiency influencers will be open for questions from the audience and media.
The event is by invitation only but it will be live-streamed by Detroit Public Television for public viewing.

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Live stream and agenda
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Energy 2030 Fact Sheet (pdf)

WHAT: The Alliance to Save Energy, the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor are cohosting the latest Energy 2030 On the Road event in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 31. The event will also be broadcast live by Detroit Public Television, enabling media across the country to learn more about the Energy 2030 On the Road campaign, which seeks to galvanize action at the local, state and regional levels by engaging stakeholders in a national commitment to the Energy 2030 goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

The On the Road event in Ann Arbor will complement prior campaign stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas and will lay the groundwork for local policymakers, advocates, and stakeholders in Ann Arbor and Michigan communities to adopt the lofty, yet achievable, goal.

WHO: Local and national energy efficiency stakeholders from government, business, advocacy, industry, and academia groups will be in attendance. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anna Garcia Department of Energy
  • Governor Rick Snyder (via prerecorded video)
  • Mayor John Hieftje Ann Arbor
  • Mayor George Heartwell Grand Rapids
  • Valerie Brader Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder
  • Kateri Callahan Alliance to Save Energy
  • Tom Catania Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
  • Peter Gudritz Dow Chemical Company
  • Kevin Self Johnson Controls
  • Maureen Sertich Whirlpool
  • Mark Barteau University of Michigan Energy Institute
  • Chairman John Quackenbush Michigan Public Service Commission
  • Kim Wolske Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
  • Barry Rabe Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  • Chuck Hadden Michigan Manufacturers Association
  • Patricia Poppe CMS Energy
  • Mary Templeton Michigan Saves
  • Wade Smith Air Movement and Control Association
  • Kevin Messner PoliticaLogic, on behalf of Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
  • David Bell Masco Contractor Services
  • Gale Tedhams Owens Corning

Mar 31 – Peter M. Wege Lecture on Biomimicry / Janine Benyus

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In Biomimicry, she names an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes (for instance, solar cells that mimic leaves).

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Mar 30 – Alon Tal Takes Michigan

Dana Building, Room 1040

An expert in his field: Professor Alon Tal, former chair of Israel’s Green Party, will be sharing his insights and experiences in sustainability and environmentalism in the Middle East. Professor Tal founded the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

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Mar 28 – SNRE Admitted Student Visit Day

Dana Building

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Mar 18 – CANCELLED – Susan Biniaz / ELPP Lecture Series


Susan Biniaz is a former deputy legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State. She was the State Department’s lead climate change lawyer for more than 20 years and was considered to be the Obama Administration’s top international lawyer handling climate-change issues.

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Mar 17 – Food Security & Sociopolitical Stability

Food Security And Sociopolitical Stability Lecture

Event Date:
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Samuel T. Dana Building, Room 2024
Christopher Barrett will speak about his new book Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability. Global food price spikes in 2008 and 2011 coincided with political unrest in low- and middle-income countries. Angry consumers took to the streets in scores of nations. In some places, food riots turned violent, pressuring governments and in a few cases contributed to their overthrow. Foreign investors sparked a new global land rush, adding a different set of pressures. With scientists cautioning that the world has entered a new era of steadily rising food prices, perhaps aggravated by climate change, the specter of widespread food insecurity and sociopolitical instability weighs on policymakers worldwide. Governments and philanthropic foundations have begun redoubling agricultural research and technology transfer efforts, and the modernization of food value chains to deliver high quality food inexpensively, faster, and in greater volumes to urban consumers. But will these efforts suffice? The presentation will be followed by comments and discussion by SNRE Professor Arun Agrawal and MSU Professor David Tschirley and will close with an audience Q&A.

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Mar 16-19 – Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford

Andy Hoffman will be facilitating advanced training sessions for leaders from the following organizations:  EDF, Sustainability Consortium, National Climate Data Center, The World Environment Center and the University of Minnesota  for the Leopold Leadership Program March 16-19 at Stanford.
The training will focus on an integrated approach for collective impact-collaborating with private sector consortia, corporate partnerships with NGOs, and existing university initiatives – for solving complex problems. Be one of the first academics to join the conversations. Your voice is needed at the table! Event details

Mar 14 – Greg Page, Executive Chairman of Cargill / Erb Speaker Series

Choices in Food Security
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Location: Ross, R2240

This event is free and open to the public.

Read Mr. Page’s Bio | Event details
Read the transcript of Mr. Page’s presentation

The live streamed video may be viewed here during and after the presentation.