News Archive

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.

Balancing economy and environment

May 13, 2014

How to bridge the divide on important social issues

May 7, 2014

In a new podcast series called SmartCast, Erb Faculty Director Andy Hoffman examined how communication and messaging can further divide groups and offered ways to bridge the gaps on some important social issues including climate change. Listen to the SmartCast: When Worldviews Collide (mp3)

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.