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.
“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)
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.
“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.
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 Research, 8, 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.
Erb Director, Andrew Hoffman published an article on the differences between scientific consensus vs. social consensus on climate change. The article is titled, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse: Establishing the Rules of the Game in the Michigan Journal of Sustainability.
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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.
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