News Archive

Should professors engage in public debate?

July 29, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman shares his thoughts on why more university researchers aren’t engaging with the public and discusses the current trends. Listen to the Michigan Radio interview (14:59) | Michigan Radio summary (pdf) or read it online

Video: Food Access in Michigan Project

July 24, 2014

Under the direction of SNRE’s Dr. Dorceta Taylor, The Food Access in Michigan Project is researching the root causes for food insecurity across Michigan. Post Doctoral Fellow, Ethan Schoolman, describes the import of this unique research initiative in this 1:54″ video.

Erb Leaders Discuss Business Sustainability at AmCham Shanghai

July 16, 2014

Erb’s Managing Director Terry Nelidov, Associate Director of Research Tom Lyon, and Erb Post-doc alumnus and Shanghai Jiaotong University Associate Professor Haitao Yin, discussed risks and opportunities in business sustainability at AmCham Shanghai on July 10, 2014. There were close to 50 professionals and scholars in attendance with interests including corporate social responsibility and supply chain.
Experts Discuss Business Sustainability in China (pdf)| Read more about the discussions and presentations online

Paper production and water stewardship in the Great Lakes region

July 11, 2014

Watch this beautiful video on water stewardship and the paper industry in the Great Lakes region. Erb alumna and EAB member, Kathryn Buckner is featured near 3:19 in the video. This video was produced by: Detroit Public Television, the Council of Great Lakes Industries and the Great Lakes Protection Fund.

Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change

July 10, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman recently published “Strategies Companies are Using to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change” in Ideas for Leaders. Andy gives examples of companies working on climate change mitigation and adaptation plans to reduce climate impact on their companies’ operations and offers insight on an eight-step process for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Read the online article | Download the PDF

Two Erb alumni at the forefront of University solar power deal

July 10, 2014

solar-panelsGeorge Washington University and American University recently made a deal to buy more than half of their power from solar power farms. Erb alumni Meghan Chapple and Mark Ellis led and were at the forefront of the George Washington University deal.

Read news items on this solar energy deal from the:
Huffington Post
U.S. News
The Kojo Nnamdi Show


Why sustainability is not a stool or a pretzel, but a Möbius strip

June 16, 2014

Erb Postdoctoral fellow, Laurie Kaye Nijaki recently published a commentary piece “Why sustainability is not a stool or a pretzel, but a Möbius strip” in the journal, Open Citizenship.  Laurie explores the conceptual barriers to current frameworks and theories for sustainability and offers the concept of the Möbius strip as an alternative solution. Read more (pdf)

The ethical workplace: who cares?

May 28, 2014

Erb student, Kelsea Ballantyne wants to make a difference through companies that “measure up to her moral and ethical standards”. Kelsea chose to accept her 2014 summer internship at local Detroit nonprofit Focus: HOPE vs. an offer from the Ford Motor company based on her measure of potential for a positive impact. Read the BBC article (pdf)

Changing societal norms and business sustainability

May 16, 2014

The sustainability and business education landscape is changing rapidly and on a global scale. Students, business leaders and professors are shifting priorities towards business practice focused on positive change. Dean Alison Davis-Blake of the Ross School of Business adds that it’s essential for educational experiences to “incorporate positive business, focusing on developing leaders who can create economic value, build great places to work, and contribute to their local and global communities.”

Read more in the Guardian Sustainable Business Article (pdf)

Erb alum in spotlight for Philippine recovery efforts

May 15, 2014

Ryan-WhisnantThe Philippines were heavily damaged by a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol and shortly after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2012. The mass devastation inspired Erb alumnus, Ryan Whisnant ’10 and his wife and Ross alumna, Aileen to set up a crowd funding site to collect donations for recovery efforts. Read the full story in the Ross Dividend magazine here.