Events Archive

March 2015

Mar 20 – Doing Sustainability Right – Applications of Integrated Sustainability Metrics / Sustainable Systems Forum

2:00-3:30pm
Dana Building, Room 1024

Seung-Jin Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Flint

How do we define, measure, assess, and predict the life cycle environmental performance or condition, or more broadly, sustainability of a product, service or system? Life cycle approaches are often used to identify performance metrics and reduce environmental impacts, but often fail to integrate various impacts in reflecting the true measures of sustainability – the social, environmental and economic. In this seminar, the motivation and importance of using integrated metrics and indicators will be introduced along with existing examples utilized by various organizations. Several applications of integrated metrics will also be discussed, including fuel cell remanufacturing, zoological parks, waste management systems, transportation fuels and consumer products, to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrated metrics in providing information on the full product system. Recommendations on future work will also be addressed.

Mar 19 – The Quest for Just and Sustainable Communities: Why Equity Matters

5:00pm
Dana 1040, SNRE, 440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Robert D. Bullard is often described as the “father of environmental justice.” Professor Bullard received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of eighteen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.  He has testified as an expert witness and served as a technical advisor on hundreds of civil rights lawsuits and public hearings over the past three decades. In 1990, he was the first environmental justice scholar to receive the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Conservation Achievement Award in Science for “Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality.”

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Mar 13-14 – Urban Development Now Symposium

8:30 am
University of Michigan Museum of Art

This event is free and open to the public.
Lunch is provided for registered guests.

Register for the lunch | Symposium details

Mar 12 – Sustainable Systems / Sustainable Ann Arbor Series

7:00-8:30pm
Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

Sustainable Systems, including an overview of city wet weather projects and community-led solutions to increased precipitation

Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Details

Mar 12 – Business and Society: Lessons Learned from Walmart’s Corporate Social Responsibility Journey / WDI Speaker Series

5:00-6:00pm
Ross, R1220
Reception immediately following

Free and open to the public

Beth Keck, Senior Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart Stores, Inc.

With more than $470 billion in revenue, Walmart has an opportunity to use its scale for social good. Beth Keck, Senior Director for Women’s Economic Empowerment, will discuss key turning points in Walmart’s corporate social responsibility journey during the past decade; how the company has developed sustainability and women’s economic empowerment strategies and commitments commiserate with its size, and the role of partnerships with government, NGOs, academics and others in achieving results.

Mar 11 – Arthur Lupia / Erb Colloquium

Lupia, Arthur12:00-1:00pm
Location: Ross, Wyly W0770

Co-sponsored by: Ross Management & Organizations

“Our Own Worst Enemy: Using Science to Improve Science Communication”

Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science; Research Professor for the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

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February 2015

Feb 24 – The German Energiewende – Roadmap to Germany’s Energy System 2050

10:00-11:30am
Room Change to: Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium

This event is an exciting look at how Germany is transforming its energy system from fossil and nuclear to renewables dominance. The Energy Institute and the Erb Institute are welcoming Dr. Frank Behrendt, Chair for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin).

Free and open to the public

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Feb 20 – Non-Technical Barriers to Energy Storage Entering the Market / Sustainable Systems Forum

sioshansi_ramteen3:00-4:30pm
Dana Building, Room 1046

Ramteen Sioshansi, PhD
Associate Professor, Integrated Systems Engineering, Ohio State University

Non-Technical Barriers to Energy Storage Entering the Market

ABSTRACT: Recent developments, including the introduction of competitive wholesale markets for electricity services and greater use of renewables, have increased interest in energy storage. Despite these positive developments, energy storage deployment is still hampered by a number of market design, regulatory, and modeling issues. Electricity market design assumes that system assets fall under one of the traditional regulated or competitive paradigm, and cost recovery is determined based on this classification. This approach is not conducive to energy storage, which can provide services straddling these two classifications. Most models used within the electric power industry are not tailored to capture the unique capabilities and characteristics of storage.

Co-sponsored by: the Center for Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resource & Environment, US-China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC), and National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP)

Feb 16 – Can you be an entrepreneur in government?

1:00-2:30pm
Ford School of Public Policy, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)

Pizza served (12:45-1:00pm for early arrivals)
Free and open to the public

Dr. Metzenbaum will talk about the excitement of working in government and how one person can make a difference using the tools of outcomes-focused goals and measurement to illuminate, motivate, and communicate.

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Feb 15 – 7th Annual Local Food Summit

8:30am-5:00pm
Locations: Rackham Auditorium and Michigan League, University of Michigan

  • Keynote Speaker Judy Wicks, founder of White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia. Judy is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally-based economy.
  • Breakout Sessions ranging from hands-on demonstrations to panels in areas including food justice, economics, K12 education, policy, and more. Learn practical skills in marketing, seed saving, composting, mushroom growing and soil conservation, among others! A full list of sessions is forthcoming on their website.
  • A Local Food Story Slam to share epic journeys of food love and fantastical tales of how to better our food system. Hosted by poet and musician William Copeland from the Eastern Michigan Environmental Action Council. Submit your story ideas online today!
  • Celebrations of Local Food Victories to highlight our neighbors’ positive successes in building knowledge, excitement, and movement toward local food awareness and access.
  • Breakfast, Brunch and Snacks with a tasty local menu prepared by University of Michigan chefs and provided by local farmers and businesses.

Summit registration and event details