Events Archive

February 2015

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

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

Event details

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

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?

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.

Event details


Feb 15 – 7th Annual Local Food Summit

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

Feb 13 – Mike Russo / Erb Colloquium

Location: Ross, R1240

Co-sponsored by: Ross Strategy

Mike Russo is a Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon.

View upcoming Erb colloquium speakers

Feb 13 – Aron Cramer / Erb C-Suite Speaker Series

Ross School of Business, R1230

“Frontier Sustainability – The Challenge (and Promise) of Sustainability in Emerging Markets”

Aron Cramer is the President and CEO of BSR. Aron is an authority on corporate responsibility by leaders in business and NGOs. He advises senior executives at BSR’s 250 member companies and other global businesses, and is regularly featured as a speaker at major events and in a range of media outlets. Under his leadership, BSR has doubled its staff and significantly expanded its global presence. Aron is co-author of the book Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World, about the corporate responsibility strategies that drive business success. Visit the C-Suite Speaker Series page for additional information on this speaker series


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Feb 13 – Design + Business Conference 1.0

North Quad, 105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Every discipline is faced with wicked problems — whether its climate change, terrorism, healthcare, income inequality, access to education, etc. Often, the key to solving these wicked problems is an intimate understanding of the user — the individual or community impacted by the problem. Ross Design + Business and UMSI Design Clinic are launching the inaugural Design + Business Conference to equip you with critical human-centered design tools and techniques to gain the empathy to understand your stakeholders, and thus, solve these wicked problems.

All UofM graduate and undergraduate students, professors, alumni, professionals, and community partners are invited to participate in this hands-on, interactive conference.

Conference details and registration

Feb 12 – Economic Vitality / Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums

Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 South Fifth Ave.

Economic Vitality, including current economic development projects, community investment, and business development

  • Matthew Naud, Environmental Coordinator, City of Ann Arbor
  • Wendy Rampson, Planning Manager, City of Ann Arbor
  • Amber Miller, Planning & Research Specialist, Downtown Development Authority
  • Connie Pulcipher, Systems Planner, City of Ann Arbor
  • Rena Basch, Founder, Locavorious, and Board Member, Food System Economic Partnership
  • Neel Hajra, President and CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Sustainable Ann Arbor Series Details

January 2015

Jan 30-31 – Asia Business Conference

The Asia Business Conference is the pioneer conference about Asia at the Ross School of Business whilst also being the longest-running student-organized business conference about Asia in North America. This conference is a unique opportunity for all students and faculty members to obtain first hand information regarding various industries and Asian countries all at once. The conference is also designed to provide personal interactions between speakers and students through panels, meals, and networking session.

View the conference agenda and registration details here

Jan 26 – Shelie Miller / Erb Colloquium

shelie_millerTime: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Ross, Wyly W0768

Shelie Miller is an Associate Professor at the U-M  School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.