News Archive

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.

Can more public engagement with faculty research create greater impact?

November 10, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, would like to see more climate scientists engage in public outreach related to their research to help inform the public of their findings. Other universities such as Oregon State University and Northern Arizona University agree that efforts to engage faculty in more public engagement would be beneficial to both the faculty members and the universities.

Read more about faculty public outreach (pdf) or read more online.

Ross student team wins the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Midwest Case Competition

November 10, 2014

GE-Case-Competition-PresentationOn Friday, November 7th, a Ross team consisting of first year Ross student Thiago Gdikian, and second year Erb students Nate Underwood, Pavel Azgaldov, and John Serron won the 2014 GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program Midwest Case Competition. The case question asked teams to develop two new product innovations for any of GE’s lines of business and pitch these concepts to senior managers. The judges appreciated the potential of the team’s two concepts in the water and traffic management spaces to reduce driving deaths, fuel consumption, water use, electricity use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Nate Underwood commented to on the team’s experience. “We really appreciated the chance to ideate on a very broad case question. It made the case much more challenging because we had to screen every potential concept against GE’s many products and services, but we enjoyed stretching our creativity and marketing abilities. This challenging ideation process put us a couple days behind schedule, but the team really came together last week to develop an excellent analysis, slide deck, and pitch. We are grateful to the Mendoza School of Business for hosting us, but we enjoyed scoring a victory for Michigan just a few hundred feet from the stadium where Michigan football was shut out this fall.”

The competition included teams from Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State University, and Wisconsin. The winning prize included $4000 and guaranteed Experienced Commercial Leadership Program internship interviews.

The Cultural Schism of Climate Change

October 27, 2014

"Climate Change?!" by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

“Climate Change?!” by Eric Wüstenhagen. Creative commons image via Flickr.

The Cultural Schism of Climate Change: How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S.

Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, continues to inform the debate on climate change communication in this new Stanford University blog post. Read more about The Cultural Schism of Climate Change (pdf) or read it online.

Why Systems Thinking is the Next Step in Sustainability

October 23, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman unpacts his and John Ehrenfeld’s analysis of the fourth wave in the sustainability movement: Systems Thinking. Read more about Why Systems Thinking is the Next Step in Sustainability (pdf) or read it online.

Erb alum Nina Henning heading up innovative work in Ghana through SC Johnson

October 22, 2014

WOW-bundlebErb alumna Nina Henning is heading up innovative solutions to reduce the threat of malaria infections through SC Johnson’s WOW™ product bundle. The bundle is focuses on serving at-risk populations at the base of the pyramid (BoP).

Read more through Nina Henning’s blog (pdf) or read it online.

Read more about SC Johnson’s WOW™ concept (pdf) or read it online.