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Case Study: SC Johnson and the Greenlist Backlash

This case was developed under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman by graduate students Alice Appleton, Cara Bastoni, Kara Davidson (Erb ’13) and Yuan Zhang.

SC Johnson developed the ingredient improvement process, called Greenlist™ to reduce the negative environmental impacts of its products by substituting less harmful ingredients wherever possible. Significant environmental improvements were made in many of the company’s products, such as Windex®, and the company developed a Greenlist™ label to demonstrate to consumers that a product had been improved by the process. In 2008 and 2009, two lawsuits were filed accusing SC Johnson of deceptively marketing its products as “green”, as the Greenlist™ label led consumers to believe the products had been certified by an objective third party.

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New U-M REFRESCH Program Explores Appropriate Technologies for Resource-Challenged Regions

The Erb Institute has successfully partnered with several U-M institute and departments on a grant proposal under the provost’s Third Century Initiative. REFRESCH (Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments) seeks sustainable technology solutions for the large portion of the world’s population that does not have access to a reliable electric grid, clean water, and sufficient food.  Read more

Erb 2013 Students’ awarded Ross and SNRE Commencement Awards

Ross Awards

Graduate Frank S. Moran Distinguished Leadership Award: Raelyn Jacobson and Miguel Sossa
Graduate Global Citizenship Award: Phel Meyer and Cynthia Shih, Miguel Sossa
Global Citizenship Community Service Award: Miguel Sossa

SNRE Awards

SNRE Commencement Student Speaker: Miguel Sossa

Covaron Advanced Materials places 1st in Walmart Business Plan Challenge

Erb student, Cameron Smith (’13) and business partner Vince Alessi win first place in the Walmart Business Plan Challenge earlier this month. Read more about Covaron Advanced Materials

Erb Team takes 2nd place in BASF Team Chemistry Challenge!

Team aMaizing Fans comprised of Erb students Emily Taylor (’14), Mike Wohl (’13) and David Yang (’13) placed 2nd in the BASF Team Chemistry Challenge and won $5,000. They created an innovative smartphone application named iMpact that rewards Michigan fans for sustainable actions by measuring their sustainable behavior before, during and after games. Read more | View Team aMaizing Fans Entry Video

2012 Opus Project Competition Winner – Now on!

Congratulations to our 2012 Opus Project winner, Scaling Up Payments for Watershed Services! The authors of this book are: Dan Cantor (’12), Colm Fay (’12), Matt Harrison, Emily Levine and Chris Zwicke (’12) with a foreword by Andy Hoffman and Emily Plews (’10) and includes an introduction by Faculty Advisor, Peter Adriaens.

Stop by the Erb offices to check out a copy.

Now available for purchase on Scaling Up Payments for Watershed Services

Deans Announce 1st Erb Sustainability Case Competition Winners

Winning cases and authors were recognized by the Deans of the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment in an event held on April 15, 2013. The Erb Institute Sustainability Case Awards recognize and promote the creation of key teaching materials on global sustainability and social impact. Sponsored by the Erb Institute’s Strategic Advisory Council, objectives are to raise the visibility and increase adoption of sustainable enterprise teaching cases produced at UM, and to encourage more UM people to write such cases    Read more

Case Study Published by Erb Student and Team in Energy Policy

Brandon M. Marshall, Jarod C. Kelly, Tae-Kyung Lee, Gregory A. Keoleian, Zoran Filipi published a case study in Energy Policy on travel patterns, naturalistic drive cycles and energy/emissions standards and policy for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Michigan.  

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Environmental assessment of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles using naturalistic drive cycles and vehicle travel patterns: A Michigan case study (html)
Environmental assessment of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles using naturalistic drive cycles and vehicle travel patterns: A Michigan case study (pdf)


The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Climate Change and the Arts

Andy Hoffman is cited in story on post-Climate Gathering in Ireland earlier this year.

“Among many things, one notion that has emerged for me is the importance of connecting with the Arts: poets, musicians, writers, painters, etc to translate climate change for lay people through their medium. Only when climate change has personal and salient meaning will people take an interest that will create change.”

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Climate Change and the Arts (html)
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Climate Change and the Arts (pdf)

Climate Science as Culture War Wins Maggie Award

Erb Director, Andy Hoffman’s article, Climate Science as Culture War in the Stanford Social Innovation Review wins a Maggie Award for Best Feature Article (circulation under 50,000- Trade) from the Western Publishing Association (WPA).

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079 Best Feature Article