News Archive

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.

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!