Publications

 


Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities

The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods and Outlook, edited by Hilda Blanco and former SNRE Dean, Dan Mazmanian, provides social, economic, political and environmental policy strategies for cities striving to advance in sustainability.

Included is a co-authored chapter, From information provision to participatory deliberation: engaging residents in the transition toward sustainable cities by Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske and Erb Faculty Affiliate, Michaela Zint. Also included, chapters from Erb Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Laurie Nijake, A systems approach towards sustainable procurement, and Erb Faculty Affiliates Greg Keoleian and Josh Newell in the co-authored chapter, Sustainability strategies for consumer products in cities.

This book can be purchased here.

Why sustainability is not a stool or a pretzel, but a Möbius strip

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)

New publication helps companies manage corporate sustainability performance

How Do Financial Markets Respond to Corporate Sustainability Disclosure” by Erb Associate Director of Research, Tom Lyon, was recently published by the Conference Board Initiative on Sustainability as part of the Director Notes series.

The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest working to provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. Read the report (pdf)

Designing Innovative Corporate Water Risk Management Strategies

By 2030, it is estimated that 47 percent of the global population will be living in high water stress areas. The authors of this book survey common organizational (both public and private) responses to water scarcity across three categories–technology-based, policy-based, and management-based–and then focus on the latter as holding the most promise for creating a robust, organization-wide solution for potential freshwater scarcity. Management-based responses are those developed within the organization to internalize water-related externalities.

Written by: Daniel Gerding (’14), Berry Kennedy (’14), Makely Lyon(’14), Joshua Rego and Emily Taylor(’14) with a foreword by Andy Hoffman and Neil Hawkins and includes an introduction by Faculty Advisor, Don Scavia.

This book was the Erb Institute 2013 Best Opus Project winner and is available for purchase on Amazon.com: Designing Innovative Corporate Water Risk Management Strategies from an Ecosystem Services Perspective

Read the blog from the student authors of the book here.

New publication helps companies manage climate change mitigation/adaptation

Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy” by Erb Director, Andy Hoffman,  is  published by the Conference Board Initiative on Sustainability as part of the Director Notes  series.  The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest working to provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society.

Read the report (pdf)

 

Erb paper published in top management journal

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!

Stakeholder Dynamics as Determinants of Substantive Versus Symbolic CSR Practices: A Macro/Micro Perspective

Perez-Batres, L. A., & Doh, J. P. (2014). Stakeholder Dynamics as Determinants of Substantive Versus Symbolic CSR Practices: A Macro/Micro Perspective. Progress In International Business Research8, 249-264. Mr

The chapter Stakeholder Dynamics as Determinants of Substantive Versus Symbolic CSR Practices: A Macro/Micro Perspective in Progress in International Business Research examines whether CSR (corporate social responsibility) in large corporations is symbolic or substantive in nature. It also addresses the stakeholders’ role in pressuring the modern organization to engage in substantive CSR.   Read more about Dr. Perez-Batres.

U-M report on public perceptions of fracking in Michigan

Hydraulic Fracturing in the state of Michigan: Public perceptions technical report

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is one of seven U-M Integrated Assessment reports on Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
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Kim Wolske, Research Management Fellow, Erb Institute and
Andrew Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute
Lukas Strickland, Research Assistant, School of Natural Resources & Environment

One of seven technical reports completed for the Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment, conducted by the University of  Michigan, this report reviews the current state of knowledge on public perceptions of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).  The objective is to highlight issues that may be relevant to HVHF-related policy in Michigan.

Constructing Green: The Social Structures of Sustainability, MIT Press

Edited by Rebecca Henn, former Erb PhD student who recently received her doctorate and Erb Institute Director, Andy Hoffman. This books examines the increase in sustainable buildings by understanding the fundamental challenges green construction faces through cultural, social and organizational shifts.  Read more