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New Book: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

February 25, 2015

Book Cover (1)How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
By: Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman
Stanford University Press, 2015

Book description: Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, or climate modeling; rather, it is the product of contrasting, deeply entrenched worldviews. This brief examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology, and political science, Andrew J. Hoffman lays bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. He then extracts lessons from major cultural shifts in the past to engender a better understanding of the problem and motivate the public to take action. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.


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Raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

February 12, 2015

Jeremiah Johnson, Assistant Professor at SNRE and graduate student Joshua Novacheck reviewed the potential scenarios of an expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in the state of Michigan. They found that the reduction of carbon could have significant environmental benefits. Read more about their research (pdf) or online here.

This research was funded by the U-M Energy Institute with contributions from Professor Mark Barteau and Thomas Lyon.

Professor Tom Lyon shares research on corporate ‘brownwashing’

January 20, 2015

Professor Tom Lyon, Erb’s Associate Director of Research shares research findings on corporate ‘brownwashing’ in a radio interview with WEMU. Read more about the interview (pdf) or listen to the recording here.

Congratulations to the 2015 Dow Sustainability Fellows

January 16, 2015

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Dow Sustainability Fellows with a special nod to Erb recipients: Joanna Herrmann, Marianna Kerppola, and John Serron.

Read more about the new fellows (pdf) or read more online.

Utilities invite consumers to compare energy consumption with neighbor’s

December 15, 2014

Utilities invite you to compare your energy use with your neighbor’s. Does this help drive down consumption? Erb’s Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, believes it does. Read Utility customers bristle at comparisons of neighbors (pdf) or read it online.

Michigan Ross team wins 1st place in the Renewable Energy Case Competition

December 10, 2014

flyer_image_309782_img_4342_126224835_126224835On Friday, December 5th, the sixth annual Renewable Energy Case Competition was hosted at the Ross School of Business by the Ross Energy Club. Teams represented Business schools from across the U.S. and included Northwestern (Kellogg), UNC (Kenan-Flagler), Duke University (Faqua) and the Ross School of Business.

Congratulations to the winning team, Hertz Lockers from the Ross School of Business! Read more about the teams and the competition

Will Michigan Redefine Fuel from Burning Tires as Renewable Energy?

December 10, 2014

DETROIT, MI- DECEMBER 13: Old tires rest near the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant December 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images) | Joshua Lott via Getty Images

Michigan has an abundance of waste tires that could become a renewable energy source. Erb Faculty Director Andy Hoffman weighs in on the conversation with Huffpost Detroit and raises important considerations on the topic. Read more about burning tires as renewable energy (pdf) or read it online.

From the Peace Corps to Sustainability at Ross

November 22, 2014

sheena-375x500Erb Student, Sheena VanLeuven shares her story with Poets & Quants on her experiences prior to Michigan and her reflections on the Erb Institute dual degree program. Read Sheena’s story (pdf) or read it online

How can big corporations hit renewable energy targets?

November 21, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman,  is quoted in an  International Business Times story on the  renewable energy targets within large corporations from environmental groups. Read more about renewable energy targets within large corporations (pdf) or read it online.