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What the government shutdown teaches millennials about advocacy

October 16, 2013

Erb student, Berry Kennedy (’14) contributes thoughts on ways the government shutdown can teach young sustainability professionals about policy. Read more

What the government shutdown teaches millennials about advocacy
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U-M report on public perceptions of fracking in Michigan

October 15, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing in the state of Michigan: Public perceptions technical report

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is one of seven U-M Integrated Assessment reports on Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
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Kim Wolske, Research Management Fellow, Erb Institute and
Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute
Lukas Strickland, Research Assistant, School of Natural Resources & Environment

One of seven technical reports completed for the Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment, conducted by the University of  Michigan, this report reviews the current state of knowledge on public perceptions of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).  The objective is to highlight issues that may be relevant to HVHF-related policy in Michigan.

Ross video promotes SC Johnson case study on unintended consequences of green marketing campaign

October 14, 2013

Examining the green marketing backlash against Windex – A Case Study Discussion

 Link to the summary and full case on GlobaLens

Post-Doc Laurie Kaye Nijaki helps build the City of Los Angeles’ Green Building Program

October 3, 2013

Erb post-doc Laurie Kaye Nijaki worked with the City of Los Angeles in 2007-2008 to plant the seed of the Green Building Program and to push for its initial adoption through City Council. Over the summer of 2013, the program received $1 million towards implementation, and the Community College District is now moving forward with rolling out the program on behalf of the City. Read more 
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U-M public service video debuts new U-M campaign; features Erb alum

September 9, 2013

Cynthia Koenig, Erb alum (2011) and current External Advisory Member, is highlighted in the one minute and twenty second spot. Read more about Cynthia Koenig

From the announcement:

… Cynthia Koenig … graduated two and a half years ago with a joint master’s degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and SNRE. “There was great support for pursuing a non-traditional career path at Michigan,” says Koenig, now with the Mumbai, India-based firm Wello. It promotes a rolling water tank, which can be pushed like a lawn mower — an improved form of rural water transport, over women carrying heavy pots of water on their heads.  Koenig’s segment, filmed at the Varsity Tennis Center, shows her demonstrating the tank.

Read the full annoucement on the U-M Record Update.

New research contributes to major U-M technical reports on “fracking”

September 5, 2013

Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske, and Director Andy Hoffman contribute to newly released U-M study on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Wolske and Hoffman’s “Public Perceptions Report” is one of 7 technical reports to be used in guiding  future decision making on the issue of “fracking”.

Read the report:  Public Perceptions Technical Report (pdf).
Go here to:  download all  7 reports.
Read the press release (html)

Net Impact – Business as UNusual report released!

August 21, 2013

The Ross School of Business earns top score for sustainability and social impact in the new release of Business as UNusual 2013.
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The dirty politics of climate change

August 21, 2013

Erb Director, Andrew Hoffman gives his insight on the ‘hot button issues’ and the political drivers of sustainability and climate change.  Read more or The dirty politics of climate change (pdf)

Congratulations Entrepreneurial Scholarship Winners!

August 16, 2013

Congratulations to Wesley Allred, Adam Byrnes, and Nancy Gephart, all MBA/MS ’14, for being chosen as three of this year’s entrepreneurial scholars! These scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, leadership qualities, and strong entrepreneurial pursuits of deserving graduate business students. The awards are supported by the Samuel Zell, Mitchell Mondry, and the Zell Lurie and Erb Institutes. Read more

White Paper Released: Disruptive Challenges Energy Conference

August 8, 2013

Erb Institute white paper now released for the June 26 energy conference held at the University of Michigan. The conference was co-sponsored by the Erb Institute, Growth Capital Network, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Institute for Energy Innovation, 5 Lakes Energy, Next Energy, and Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.

Read the white paper:
How will ‘Disruptive Challenges’ in the Electric Market Impact Michigan Energy Decisions?
(pdf)