News Archive

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)

Erb student wins Luce Fellowship!

March 3, 2015

CooperErb student, Jenny Cooper recently became a 2015-2016 Luce Scholar. Congratulations, Jenny, and best of luck on your Luce Fellowship!

Read more about Jenny and the Luce Fellowship

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.