Events Archive

February 2016

Feb 4 – Resource Management / Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor

Event details: Resource Management, including discussions about improving Ann Arbor’s waste diversion rate and communitywide efforts to reduce different waste streams. Speakers will include:​

  • Roger Bowser, Zingerman’s
  • Eileen Spring, Food Gatherers
  • Noelle Bowman, Washtenaw County​
  • Tracy Artley, UofM Sustainability​
  • Matt Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor

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Feb 3 – Jeff York / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, Wyly W0770

Jeff York
Assistant Professor, Shane Faculty Scholar, University of Colorado Boulder

“It’s Not Easy Building Green: How Community Logics Impact the Emergency of Hybrid Market Categories”

Abstract: An emerging body of scholarship examines the emergence of market categories, including those that enable environmentally beneficial practices and technologies. The acceptance and growth of such new categories is particularly critical in addressing human induced climate change. Categories such as wind energy, organic foods, and green building may be conceptualized as “hybrid” in that they combine two institutional logics: 1) a market logic supporting economically profitable ventures, and 2) an ecological logic of care for the natural environment. However, we know little about how emerging hybrid categories come to gain legitimacy and acceptance. In this paper, we theorize and test how community logics may moderate the efficacy of both public policy and private action to promote a new hybrid category. Empirically, we study the impact of institutional change, and actions of private actors on the adoption of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for green building. The results demonstrate that regional acceptance of a new category is greater in the presence of private efforts and government policies supporting adoption. However, we find that such efforts are moderated by the regional strength of market and ecological logics. These findings contribute to our understanding of how logics, private actors, and public institutions can influence the acceptance of hybrid categories.

Co-Sponsor: M&O

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Feb 2 – 3rd Annual Michigan Energy Futures Conference

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

Corporate Pathways to Advanced Energy: The Growth of Market Demand for Clean Energy Solutions

The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, together with Advanced Energy Economy, Ceres, the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and Energy Institute, 5 Lakes Energy and the World Resources Institute are hosting a one-day conference Corporate Pathways to Advanced Energy: The Growth of Market Demand for Clean Energy Solutions on February 2, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. The conference will bring together thought leaders from the world’s most dynamic corporations who are investing in advanced energy projects across the globe.

Conference details

January 2016

Jan 19 – U-M Green Career Fair

Dana Building – Ford Commons (Main Level)

The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) is one of the nation’s top graduate programs in the natural resources and environmental fields. We are partnering with a student environmental group: Students for Clean Energy to host a campus-wide environmental and sustainability career fair. Employers from around the country will have an opportunity to discuss career opportunities with hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students from a wide variety of departments and disciplines. Last year 44 employers and 600+ students participated in the fair.

*This event is for University of Michigan students and alumni

Career Fair details

Jan 15 – Shon Hiatt / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, R2310

Shon Hiatt
Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Co-Sponsor: Ross Strategy

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Jan 14 – Why is development so elusive to Latin American countries?

School of Social Work, Room 1840

Should development mean something different in Latin America than in the rest of the world?

The purpose of this talk is to consider not only the challenges — economic, political, social and even environmental — in the path ahead for Latin America and its member nations, but also to ponder on the reasons for its resilience in pursuing some very idiosyncratic policies.

News_-_Alberto_Trejos_Talk_-_Jonathan_Carreon_IMG_9224Alberto Trejos is professor and Dean at INCAE (Central American Institute of Business Administration) Business School. As Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, he led the negotiation of CAFTA. He was President of the Board of CINDE, the agency in charge of attracting foreign direct investment, and member of CONASSIF, the entity that regulates and supervises Costa Rica’s financial system. Professor Trejos has been a consultant for a variety of governments, international organizations, and companies in Latin America, Europe and Africa.



Sponsored by: The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Co-sponsored by: the Erb Institute and the School of Social Work Office of Global Initiatives


Jan 7 – Climate and Energy / Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor

Event details: Climate and Energy, including updates on Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan, an overview of local climate impacts, and sustainable programs underway at the University of Michigan. Speakers will include:

  • Mike Garfield, Executive Director, Ecology Center
  • Anya Dale, Sustainability Rep, University of Michigan
  • Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor​
  • Wayne Appleyard, Chair, Ann Arbor Energy Commission​
  • Sean Reed, Executive Director, Clean Energy Coalition

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December 2015

Dec 4 – Katherine Burson / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, R2230

Katherine Burson
Associate Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Abstract: Energy consumption is a growing concern, driving legislation requiring manufacturing of more fuel-efficient cars and more transparent scales to convey fuel-efficiency. However, consumers’ understanding of fuel efficiency and its cost when expressed on different scales is unclear. Expanded scales of fuel use (e.g. over 10,000 miles) lead consumers to perceive greater differences between cars than contracted scales (e.g. fuel use over 1 mile). Katherine Burson and co-authors provide empirical evidence of scale expansion amplifying differences in attribute values using both constant-multiplication and inverse-ratio (e.g., miles per gallon vs. gallons per ten thousand miles) expansions in a conjoint design. Choice of fuel-efficient cars is systematically impacted by these manipulations. Expanded scales also increase attribute importance weights derived from conjoint partworths. However, these realized changes in importance weights cannot be distinguished from changes in consumers’ internal representations of attribute values, and thus should be interpreted with care. Additionally, they show that expansions are moderated due to diminishing sensitivity. The same patterns appear when they examine choices of food. Their findings suggest important implications for both marketing academics as well as policy makers trying to shift choice toward fuel-efficient options.

Dec 4 – Gabriel Thoumi / Erb Workshop

ThoumiTime: 9:30am-11:00am
Location: Ross, R1240

Business and Finance Metrics for Sustainability Impact: A Practitioner’s Approach

Gabriel Thoumi’s experience spans 16 years, 6 continents, working in 27 countries implementing sustainable investment strategies for capital markets, government agencies, and NGOs. At USAID he developed climate mitigation risk methodologies. At Forest Carbon Offsets he was instrumental in developing many of the first REDD+ (validated to VCS and CCB) projects services (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation). He co-authored Carbon Asset Risk: Discussion Framework for the World Resources Institute and the UN Environment Program’s Portfolio Carbon Initiative. He has the added distinction of being one of the few trained natural resource scientists who is a CFA charterholder (who worked on Wall Street!) and an Erb alumnus.

Dec 2 – Erb online info session for Prospective Students

5:00-6:00pm EST

During this prospective student webinar, we’ll talk about resources available, exciting new initiatives, and the application cycle for the 2015-2016 year. We’ll be joined by Erb staff and Erb students.

Register to attend