News Archive

A thoughtful conversation about the Pope’s Encyclical

July 10, 2015

Terry F. Yosie, President & CEO of the World Environment Center shares his thoughts on Pope Francis’ recent climate change Encyclical letter accompanied with responses from sustainability leaders including Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman.

Read the GreenBiz article “A thoughtful conversation about the Pope’s Encyclical” (pdf) or read it online.

The Climate Change Debate and Pope Francis’ Encyclical

June 17, 2015

Erb Faculty Director Andy Hoffman says the Encyclical on climate change could be a ‘game changer’. Read more about this topic in recent The Conversation blog by Andy Hoffman and Erb student Jenna White titled “The pope as a messenger: making climate change a moral issue“.

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fulFill wins 2nd place at Startup Weekend Detroit

June 5, 2015

Erb students, Kristin Steiner and Mike Barg, and SNRE student Brittany Szczepanik are working as business partners to reduce product packaging from food and personal care products. Startup idea, fulFill, is working to reduce or even eliminate packaging waste from these products through a container refill delivery service – not unlike the 1940′s era milkman service.

Their idea is quickly taking off! Kristin and Brittany recently won 2nd place at the Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Enterprise.

Congratulations to Kristin and Brittany and the whole fulFill team on their recent accomplishment with their startup idea!

Erb student featured as top innovative female U-M student to watch in 2015

April 15, 2015

Erb student, Marianna Kerppola was featured as a top innovative female student at the University of Michigan to watch in 2015 for her startup, BetterHope. Read the featured blog “15 Innovative Female Students to Watch in 2015″ (pdf) or read it online.

Read more about Marianna Kerppola in her featured profile

Erb Faculty Director Interviewed by Bloomberg Radio

April 14, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman was interviewed by Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on Hays Advantage about “why people reject climate change” while speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference on April 13, 2015. Listen to the interview on “Why People Reject Climate Change” (audio mp3)

Blog on the morality of climate change featured in New York Times

April 10, 2015

A blog written by Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman and Erb Student, Jenna White was recommended by New York Times reporter, Andrew Revkin on the topic of climate change as a moral issue.

Read “The pope as messenger: making climate change a moral issue” on the Erb Perspective Blog or on The Conversation.

Read the New York Times article (pdf) or read it online.

California’s water restrictions and business sustainability

April 9, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman spoke on Marketplace NPR about the recent water restrictions in California and how markets could react to water saving toilets and faucets.

Listen to and read the article online or read the pdf.

U-M Fresh Fare wins 2nd place at Innovation in Action Competition

March 17, 2015

FreshFareCongratulations to Erb student Mikaela Rodkin and her U-M Fresh Fare student team members on winning 2nd place at the SPH Innovation in Action competition! Fresh Fare strives to increase access to healthy food through a transportation collaboration between grocery retailers and a rideshare program.

Read more about the competition and Fresh Fare (pdf) or online here.

University of Michigan Team Advances to Regional Finals of Hult Prize

March 12, 2015

Congratulations to the University of Michigan team PortaPlay for advancing on to the regional Hult Prize finals in San Francisco, California on March 13 and 14, 2015.
Follow PortaPlay on Twitter: @rePLAY_india

Read the press release (pdf)

Sustainability: How to get from here to there

March 10, 2015

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman wrote an article in Leadership Excellence on the theory of change for sustainability with steps for how it can be achieved. The outlined steps are as follows: first, understanding the current realities; second, a clear vision for a desired future; and finally, how that vision will become a reality through hope.

Read Sustainability: How to get from here to there (pdf) or read it online here.