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Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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Rebecca Silver

Consultant (NRDC), Adjunct Professor (SVA)
MBA/MS Program 2011

Rebecca is a consultant and educator on sustainable design and product development. Currently she works with the Natural Resources Defense Council on their Clean by Design initiative to reduce the environmental impacts stemming from fashion industry. At the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Rebecca teaches a masters-level course in Life Cycle Assessment to aspiring design strategists. Previously, Rebecca managed innovation challenges for Luminary Labs, developed sustainability guidelines and projects for Adidas's design department, and engaged on sustainability supply-chain initiatives as an intern with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in their partnership with Walmart. Before entering Erb, Rebecca was a product designer and leader of the non-profit eco-design organization o2-NYC, where her work was featured in media such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, The London Observer (Guardian UK), and The New York Times. Rebecca earned her BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.

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Rosemary Lapka

Corporate Responsibility Manager
Aldi United States
MBA/MS Program 2012

A designer by training and a former undergraduate professor, Rosemary continues to merge her love of food, sustainability and pragmatic creative nature into the world of sustainable food supply chains. She has a BFA in Communication Design from Carnegie Mellon University, studied Sustainable Design at the Ecosa Institute, taught undergraduate communication design and sustainability studies at Carnegie Mellon's campus in Doha, Qatar, worked with Grameen Communications in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her summers during graduate school have been spent working towards sustainable food; first developing a prototype corporate sustainability report for a large organic dairy with her Masters Project team and working with Environmental Defense Fund and Walmart to identify opportunities for environmental improvements in poultry supply chains. After Michigan, Rosemary has focused on internal sustainability roles within the food supply chain, first with Ingredion, Inc. (Fortune 500 ingredient manufacturer) and now Aldi United States (discount grocery retailer), helping each organization to advance their internal sustainability goals and programs. To offset her love of food and an obsessive baking habit, Rosemary keeps moving through dance (salsa & swing) and running.

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Graham BrownResume

Sustainability Consultant
Self Employed
MBA/MS Program 2012

Graham is passionate about increasing sustainability in the built environment, particularly through energy efficiency, net-zero-energy construction, and urban redevelopment. Originally from a tiny town in central Maine, Graham comes to Erb via Seattle, where he worked in residential construction and real estate development and helped to establish a local foundation's new climate-change funding group. At Michigan, he has worked on projects ranging from energy-efficiency finance to biofuels and sustainable real estate. Graham graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Product Design and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In his spare time he loves backpacking, playing guitar, woodworking, and making endless minor adjustments to his pizza-dough recipe.

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