News Archive

New article on identifying challenger roles in US environmental movement

April 30, 2014

Erb Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, Erb Post-doc alumna, Stephanie Bertels and Rich DeJordy recently published “The Varied Work of Challenger Movements: Identifying Challenger Roles in the US Environmental Movement” in Organization Studies. This article analyses underlying institutional challengers in the US environmental movement through challenger movements. Read more (pdf)

Erb alum start up venture Algal Scientific receives funding from Evonik

April 28, 2014

Algal Scientific received funding from Evonik to start their first commercial production plant in Michigan. Algal Scientific uses a sustainable technology to use B-glucan for animal feed, which produces healthier livestock. Algal Scientific was co-founded by Erb alumnus Jeff LeBrun (’09). Read the press release (pdf) or read it online.

U-M apparel liscensees to follow Bangladesh safety accord

April 2, 2014

President Mary Sue Coleman announced on April 1st that U-M will adopt a worker safety initiative by recommendation of the President’s Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights. The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh initiative is a five year agreement to establish public reporting, independent fire and building safety inspectors and improving factory safety practices for workers. Read more

Erb faculty affiliate and Ross professor, Ravi Anupindi is chair of the advisory committee and Erb student, Kelsea Ballantyne (’16) serves on the advisory committee. Congratulations, Professor Anupindi and Kelsea, and thanks for your work on this important initiative!

Ann Arbor: Gateway To Greater Energy Efficiency

April 2, 2014

Co-hosted by the Erb Institute on March 31, 2014, the Energy 2030 on the Road conference put the spotlight on Ann Arbor as one of the nation’s most progressive energy innovation cities. Ann Arbor Mayor, John Hieftje, DTE Energy and GetDowntown are among those featured in this blog from conference co-host, The Alliance to Save EnergyRead the blog | Read the Media Release on the conference

Erb Faculty Director joins Corporate EcoForum advisory board

March 17, 2014

The Erb Institute Faculty Director, Andy Hoffman, joins pioneering leaders of the Corporate EcoForum advisory board who work to advance sustainability within the the Global 500. Congratulations Andy!

9 New Erb Case Studies Impacting Business Education

March 17, 2014

Recently released: 9 new Erb case studies through GlobaLens that are focused on impacting business education. Case study topics include: Whole Foods Market as a luxury grocer in Detroit and Apple on their labor rights and global supply chain. Read more about our Erb GlobaLens case studies here.

NPR Interview with Andy Hoffman and former Congressman Bob Inglis

March 17, 2014

Erb director, Andy Hoffman and former Congressman Bob Inglis interviewed on “The Politics of Climate Change” on the broadcast All Sides with Ann Fisher on March 13. Watch the interview

Erb paper published in top management journal

February 27, 2014

Supported in part by Erb Institute funding, a paper based upon a study of Erb Students and Alums and how they sustain themselves in supporting environmental issues has been published in The Academy of Management Journal. (Abstract on AMJ)

It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Role of Self-Evaluations in Explaining Support for Environmental Issues (pdf)

Written by: Scott Sonneshein (Ross PhD), Katy DeCelles (former Erb Post Doc) and Jane Dutton (Ross POS and Erb Faculty Affiliate ). Rice University  produced a video based on the paper:
Congratulations Scott, Katy and Jane!

New SustainAbility report released

February 13, 2014

SustainAbility Report: Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability, co-authored by Erb alum Ryan Whisnant and a SustainAbility colleague.

The report identifies 20 distinct business models falling into five categories, offering a closer look at what’s occurring in each of these models to produce more sustainable outcomes. Read the report

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