July 15, 2013
The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the University of Michigan Energy Institute are pleased to announce that Tom Lyon, of the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), will be taking over dual responsibilities as Associate Director for Research at the Erb Institute and Associate Director for Social Science and Policy at the Energy Institute (UMEI). Lyon is the University’s Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce.
Lyon’s key role within Erb will be to work with Institute Director Andy Hoffman to implement a Research Strategy Plan they have jointly developed during the past several months. Read More…
July 10, 2013
Emily Taylor is an Erb/World Environmental Council Fellow. Her post “Think Natural Resource Scarcity is Just an Environmental Issue? Think Again” offers an inside look at some innovative responses to the assessment and mitigation of business risk resulting from resource scarcity.
Read the post on IMB’s Smarter Planet
Think Natural Resource Scarcity is Just an Environmental Issue? Think Again (pdf)
July 2, 2013
A trenchant meditation on the long term realization of a sustainable world from Andy Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld in Solutions Magazine – “Sustainability 2.0: Sustainability is dead; long live sustainability” (pdf) or Read the story online.
June 26, 2013
Erb Institute Director Andrew Hoffman discusses future integrated communication for smart devices and energy innovation at the Ford Trends Read more: Ford talks integration and innovation with smart devices (pdf) or read it online
View the presentation recording
June 25, 2013
Managing Directors, Ryan Waddington (Erb alum ’99) and Tim Streit of Huron River Ventures Partners are prepared to invest in more energy startups that plan to change energy consumption.
Michigan’s Huron River Ventures Partners Announces $11M Fund For Energy Efficient Startups (html)
Michigan’s Huron River Ventures Partners Announces $11M Fund For Energy Efficient Startups (pdf)
June 15, 2013
June 4, 2013
Ryan Whisnant Erb ’10 offers up some refreshing antidotes to “the gloom and doom” that tends to be associated with global sustainability topics including Andy Hoffman and John Ehrenfeld’s new book: “Flourishing” and a look at the growing field of positive psychology.
June 4, 2013
Developed under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman by graduate students Rhiannon Haller, Brandon Tirrell, Courtney Yan, and Connie Yu (Erb ’15)
Ford Motor Company’s Social Sustainability Manager and Erb EAB emeritus, David Berdish, faces the challenge of positioning Ford on the forefront of the new global transportation industry in a sustainable way while leveraging Ford’s leadership in the automotive industry. This case takes a holistic look at the global transportation industry but places emphasis on megacities in bustling emerging markets and their increasingly congested transportation systems. Read more
May 31, 2013
Developed under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman by graduate students Wesley Allred (Erb ’14), Heather Croteau, Fareed Hussain, Melisa Ongun and Sheena VanLeuven (Erb ’15)
Jamba Juice CEO James White must determine how to respond to an online petition started by a young California girl who collected over 100,000 signatures asking Jamba Juice to phase out its use of polystyrene foam cups, which she believes to be harmful to the environment. Jamba Juice must consider how phasing out foam cups would impact its core business, brand, and product delivery as well as if it would attract or deter new customers and how it might affect shareholder value. Read more
May 24, 2013
This case was developed under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman by graduate students Alice Appleton, Cara Bastoni, Kara Davidson (Erb ’13) and Yuan Zhang.
SC Johnson developed the ingredient improvement process, called Greenlist™ to reduce the negative environmental impacts of its products by substituting less harmful ingredients wherever possible. Significant environmental improvements were made in many of the company’s products, such as Windex®, and the company developed a Greenlist™ label to demonstrate to consumers that a product had been improved by the process. In 2008 and 2009, two lawsuits were filed accusing SC Johnson of deceptively marketing its products as “green”, as the Greenlist™ label led consumers to believe the products had been certified by an objective third party.