News Archive

Erb alum, Grant Hughes launches fitness device startup

December 11, 2013

Erb alum, Grant Hughes (’13) and co-founder Cavan Canavan, launch a personal fitness trainer app startup. This is the first smart watch and smart phone app with the power of a personal trainer that requires minimal user input. FOCUS TRAINR was recently featured on Read the article

New featured profile on Faculty Affiliate, Josh Newell

November 25, 2013

Turning Vacant Urban Land into Productive Green Spaces

Our new feature profile highlights the work of SNRE Assistant Professor Josh Newell. Much of Newell’s urban sustainability research focuses on developing new models for coupling multiple ecosystem services within a single redeveloped urban space.

“More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and in the U.S. that number is closer to 80 percent,” Newell says. “Therefore, the urban sustainability decisions we make in our cities — including the type of houses we build, the way we move, how we use our land and the kind of goods we buy and consume — have ripple effects on natural, social and economic ecosystems around the planet.”

His recent work in nearby Detroit focuses on repurposing underutilized spaces to improve mobility, storm water management and air quality. Read the full profile


2013 Climate Change Communication Challenge Winners

November 22, 2013

Theo Schear, First place winner

We challenged students to create short public service announcements that would inspire positive action on climate change. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. We are pleased to announce the 2013 winners. Read more


Erb alum blog in GreenBiz on climate adaptation

November 20, 2013

Erb alum, Elise Hunter‘s (’13) blog on GreenBiz dives into climate adaptation vs. mitigation, its impact on the supply chain and the importance of community. Read more (pdf)

Nov 20 – The Future of Fracking in Michigan / Science Cafe

November 19, 2013

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, 318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor

Join Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske, Brian Ellis and Knute Nadelhoffer for an engaging discussion about public policy, public concerns, potential hazards and risks for Michigan.

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Climate Change Student Video Contest: Watch, Vote, Share!!

November 15, 2013

We challenged U-M students to create a public service announcement that would inspire positive action on climate change. Eleven teams of students put their skills to the test. Now is your chance to weigh in on the best video! Read more and vote here


Erb students win Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

November 13, 2013

Erb students Emily Taylor (’14) and Jenny Cooper (’15) win Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability.

Emily’s team proposal, Enabling Energy Efficiency in Rental Properties focuses on finance energy efficiency projects for rental properties. Jenny’s team proposal, Greenhouse Gas Inventory for the City of Detroit: Institutionalization and Spatial Analysis focuses on inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in Detroit.

Congratulations to all of the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability! U-M Graduate Students Win Dow Awards to Pursue Sustainability Solutions in Southeast Michigan & India (pdf) or  Read the story online

Ross alum featured in GreenBiz for University Sustainability

November 12, 2013

Ross alum, Brittany VanderBeek, references the Erb Institute for the dual degree program and interdisciplinary courses in her recent GreenBiz blog. 
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External Advisory Board member featured in Forbes magazine

November 1, 2013

Erb External Advisory Board member, Lauren Bigelow, featured in Forbes magazine. Congratulations Lauren and thanks for all of the great work you do! Read more (pdf)


Erb post-doc paper in Social Science Research Networks top 10 downloads

October 31, 2013

Congratulations to Erb post-doc Lianne Lefsrud for making the Social Science Research Networks (SSRN) top 10 downloads list with her recent paper: Being Entrepreneurial in Your Storytelling: an Institutional Tale (pdf)