News Archive

Do we need a new definition of sustainability?

February 11, 2014

Erb Director, Andy Hoffman gives keynote speech titled “Do we need a new definition of sustainability?” at the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum luncheon on Feb. 10. Listen to Professor Hoffman’s speech


Blog – A Fresh Look at Infrastructure

January 30, 2014

A Fresh Look at Infrastructure – Through the Prism of Resiliency, Big Data
By Sander Dolder (’13) and Devin McIntire (’13)

“During a recent World Environment Center roundtable in New York City, it became clear that modern challenges including urbanization, climate change and economic woes are forcing the public and private sectors to revamp their thinking about infrastructure.” Read the full blog

Whirlpool looks to its “next generation” refrigerators for greatly reduced environmental impact

January 24, 2014

Whirlpool Corporation announced a next generation of refrigerators containing an insulating chemical expected to greatly reduce or eliminate depletion of the ozone layer. These zero GWP (global warming potential) appliances will address the manufacturer’s dilemma of how to produce ever more energy efficient products while reducing the use of insulators that are harmful.

Tom Catania, now Erb Institute Executive in Residence, was a sponsor of the project when he headed global public policy for Whirlpool and served on the company’s Refrigeration Global Product team.

“This project was conceived as one where the environmental issues associated with what the industry had been using in the past were addressed, while also conveying a first mover competitive advantage over others who were forced to compromise on energy efficiency or product cost when choosing previous generations of blowing agent solutions,” Catania said. Read more


Call for Nominations – Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) Emerging Scholar Award

January 22, 2014

The ARCS Emerging Scholar Award recognizes an emerging scholar in the area of corporate sustainability who is likely to make significant contributions to the advancement of corporate sustainability scholarship and practice. The award will be granted in recognition of a scholar’s existing body of research and in anticipation of future work, given the scholar’s research trajectory.

Nominations are due by February 15, 2014Details

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.

Event Details

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