News Archive

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


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