Events Archive

April 2011

April 13 – Greenbiz Webcast: “Top 5 Lessons for Building Sustainability Programs that Succeed”

Learn key trends and drivers to justify your business case for program investment. Details & Registration

April 13 – Erb Speaker Series / Dr. James Salo, Trucost


“Understanding & Managing Environmental Impacts.” 5-6:30 pm, R 1240. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments. Announcement

April 12 – LSA Water Series / Dean Rosina Bierbaum

“Climate Change and Water:  Too Much, Too Little, or Not at the Right Time.” 5:30 pm, Bert’s Study Lounge, Shapiro Library Building, 1st Floor Lobby. Details

April 11 – Joseph Sax/ ELPP Distinguished Lecture Series

An Environmental Agenda: The Task Before Us.” 7:30pm, 250 Hutchins Hall (reception to follow). Co-sponsored by the Erb Institute.

April 8 – SNRE April 2011 Master’s Project Symposium – Details

Municipal Energy Efficiency Financing: Strategies and Lessons

Client: Clean Energy Coalition
Student Group Members:
Andrew Lubershane, MAE/MS Sustainable Systems
Michael Elchinger, Erb ’12
Ryan Flynn, Erb ’12
Graham Brown, Erb ’12
Faculty Advisor: Scott Noesen

Working with the Ypsilanti based non-profit Clean Energy Coalition (CEC), the group’s task has been to leverage a $4.4 million grant from the Michigan Public Services Commission to develop a self-sustaining funding mechanism for energy efficiency projects in eight of Michigan’s poorest cities.  The goal of the project is to maximize the energy savings achieved by every dollar of investment – reducing energy costs for cash-strapped cities as well as greenhouse gas emissions for the atmosphere.



Campus Energy Management via the IP Network: A Feasibility Study for Achieving Energy Efficiency via EnergyWise

Client: Cisco Systems
Student Group Members:
Sarah Howie, Erb ’12
Bryan Hogle, Erb ’11
Tim Haines, MS Sustainable Systems
Hunt Briggs, Erb ’11
Faculty Advisor: Jarod Kelly

The goal of the project is to investigate the current state of and future potential for IT-based energy management technologies at the University of Michigan.



The Potential for Micro-algae and Other “Micro-crops” to Produce Sustainable Biofuels

Client: National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
Student Group Members:
Aaron Assmann, MS Conservation Biology
Amy Braun, MS Environmental Policy & Planning
Siddharth John, MS Sustainable Systems
Antony Lei, Erb ’11
Sean Southard, MS Environmental Policy & Planning
Faculty Advisor: John DeCicco

The group predicts potential environmental impacts through the creation of model open system raceway pond and closed system photobioreactor systems that utilize photoautotrophic technology. Results from these systems will provide insight to inputs and outputs of algae biofuel facilities at a commercial scale, while also determining the algae biofuel industry’s financial viability and subsequently pose policy recommendations to guide industry expansion.



Mpala Masters Project Group – Building a Sustainable Community in Africa

Client: The Mpala Research Centre and The Mpala Wildlife Foundation
Student Group Members:
Melissa Antokal, Erb ’12
Caitlin Ryan, MS Terrestrial Ecosystems
Pooja Seeba, MSE Civil Engineering/MS Sustainable Systems
Ajay Varadharajan, MSE Mechanical Engineering/MS Sustainable Systems
Faculty Advisors: Don Scavia, Andy Hoffman, and Abigail Mechtenberg

The goal of this group was to develop a self-sustainability plan sensitive to local culture, help prepare the organization for a range of climate challenges, and establish a plan that can be replicated in other parts of Kenya and Africa.

April 8 – Erb Speaker Series / Vienna Teng

Songs & Reflections (Cynthia Shih, Erb ’13)
7:00 pm, Michigan Union, Pendleton Room. Free and open to the public, seating is limited. Co-sponsored by the Telluride Lecture Series and Arts Enterprise.

View the Announcement.

April 7-9 – Go Blue Rendezvous

  • Thursday April 7: Happy Hour
    (9PM – 2AM) Conor O’Neils on Main St.
  • Saturday April 9: Partners Brunch
    (10AM – Noon) Nick Fassler’s house
  • Saturday April 9: BBQ
    (5PM – 9PM) Phel Meyer’s house

April 7-9 – Summit: Transportation, Economies and Communities

Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit. Co-sponsored by SMART and the University Research Corridor Transportation Consortium. Details

April 6 – Anarchism on Rye: with Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman co-founder

Anarchism on Rye: Building a Business from A to Zs with Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman co-founder.
5:30 – 7pm, Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100.

April 6 – Erb Community Town Hall

Erb Community Town Hall, Wednesday April 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, room R1210. Erb Community Encouraged to Attend.