Energy & Climate

Alternative Energy and Clean Technology, Climate Strategy and Carbon Policy are the two areas of focus amongst Energy and Climate research area.

Clean Technology (cleantech) products and services improve operational performance, productivity, and/or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution. Cleantech business models offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. The concept of cleantech embraces a diverse range of products, services, and processes across industry verticals that are inherently designed to,

  • Provide superior performance at lower costs
  • Reduce or eliminate negative ecological impact
  • Improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources

One of the most significant areas of cleantech products and investments involves alternative energy. Alternative energy is energy derived from sources that cause minimal harm to the environment, are carbon-neutral, and do not deplete the Earth’s natural resources. Examples of alternative energy sources include wind, solar thermal, photovoltaics, geothermal, and certain forms of hydro.

Climate change has become an increasingly visible business concern.  Supplier relationships, raw material procurement, shipping and transportation costs and the ultimate pricing of goods and services will all be affected.  Regulations are being developed that alter the price of carbon at all levels of the local and global economies, and more regulations are on the horizon.  New rules will affect energy pricing and availability, creating a ripple effect throughout  entire value chains.

The successful  business model will view climate change as a market transition, in the form of both systemic risksthat cut across the entire economy and regulatory, legal, physical, and reputational risks that hit at the sector, industry, and company-specific levels.

Sept 9 – Michigan Energy Futures Conference II

August 11, 2014

Janet McCabe

Keynote Speaker: Janet McCabe

Transitioning to Market Models and Implementation Challenges,
Changing Regulatory Framework to Support the Utility of the Future

Bringing together national, cross-sectorial experts on the changing energy landscape, this conference explored strategies for meeting the challenges facing energy producers and regulators in providing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies and services during a period of unprecedented industry transformation.

Time: 8:30am-6:30pm
Location: Ross School of Business

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Click on individual conference video segments below:

Opening Keynote: Janet McCabe,  EPA, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation

Panel I:  Energy Supplies in Transition  with  Moderator Mark Barteau, U-M Energy Institute Director and:
  • John DiDonato , Vice President of Development, NextEra Energy Resources
  • Robin Newmark, Associate Lab Director, Energy Analysis and Decision Support, NREL
  • Gregory Ioanidis, President, ITC Michigan
  • Dennis Dobbs, Vice President of Generation Engineering and Services, Consumers Energy
  • John Caldwell, Director of Economics, Edison Electric Institute
  • Lisa Frantzis, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Advanced Energy Economy
  • Ron Binz, Principal, Public Policy Consulting

Panel III: Evolving Regulatory Frameworks with Moderator, Greg White, Michigan Public Service Commissioner

  • Ron Binz, (redux) former Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Sonia Aggarwal, Director of Strategy, Energy Innovation
  • State Senator John Proos, Representing Michigan’s 21st  District
  • John Quackenbush, Chairman, Michigan Public Service Commission

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Hoffman paper wins Organization and Environment best paper award

August 8, 2014

The Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman, received the Organization and Environment best paper award at the 2014 Academy of Management Conference.

“Talking past each other? Cultural framing of skeptical and convinced logics in the climate change debate.” The paper, which first appeared in Organization and Environment in March 2011, looks at the logic and arguments of the two main groups in the climate change debate and analyzes why the groups have been unable to meet eye to eye.
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Energy 2030 Conference Speaker Profiles

March 27, 2014

Mark Barteau
Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research

As director of the Energy Institute, Mark Barteau is committed to advancing the Institute’s mission to develop and integrate science, technology and policy solutions to pressing energy challenges. He previously served as the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he held appointments as the Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MS and PhD from Stanford. He was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow at the Technische Universität München, before joining the University of Delaware faculty in 1982.

Dr. Barteau brings extensive experience as a researcher, inventor, academic leader, and consultant for both US and international organizations. His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces, and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. He currently serves on the Board on Chemical Science and Technology and previously served as the co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the NRC.  He serves on science advisory boards for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Lab and for the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy (NICE) China.

Dr. Barteau was named in 2008 as one of the “100 Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is the recipient of numerous awards from AIChE, ACS, and national and international catalysis societies.

David Bell
Director of Building Science, Masco Contractor Services

As Director of Building Science for Masco Home Services, David Bell is charged with the ongoing sales management of the Environments For Living® program, a leading home building certification program for homebuilders interested in constructing comfortable, energy efficient homes. Bell’s responsibilities include management of the financial performance and strategic marketing plan, increasing awareness of, and participation in, the Environments For Living program.

Bell has more than three decades of history in the energy and construction industries. His extensive background prior to joining Masco Home Services includes experience in a variety of roles for Masco Contractor Services and the Environments For Living program, most recently as the national sales manager with oversight responsibilities for the sales of the program. Bell helped grow the Environments For Living program to include more than 130,000 homes, involving seven of the top 10 national builders. The program is recognized nationally as one of the leading building performance programs in the country.

Before joining Masco Contractor Services, Bell spent more than 20 years with Pennsylvania Power & Light with responsibilities ranging from product development and marketing to key account management. During the course of his career he developed and implemented a variety of residential marketing programs for the new construction market and helped introduce a variety of new services and products for the company.

Bell is a graduate of Kings College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

Valerie Brader
Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Valerie Brader is Deputy Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Michigan).  Her service with the administration began in September 2012, as the Chief Energy Policy Officer at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  Previously, she was a member (partner) at Bodman PLC, practicing primarily environmental and corporate law (with a specialization in assisting new or expanding businesses, from incorporation to securing permits and tax credits).  A Rhodes Scholar and published author in both the legal and scientific presses, Brader previously worked as the career law clerk for the Hon. John Feikens of the Eastern District of Michigan, as an environmental consultant to the EPA and Department of Defense, and for Gov. Phil Batt (R-Idaho) on environmental and natural resource issues. Brader, who was the youngest person in the country to be selected to assist a federal court under the “Special Master” rule, was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the “40 under 40” in Metro Detroit and by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly as a “rising star.”

Brader received her AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, has two masters degrees from the University of Oxford (an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and an MSt in Historical Studies), and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center.  Brader was the first-ever recipient of the Harvard College Women’s Leadership Award and was first-runner up in the Pacific Legal Foundation’s national writing competition.  Brader currently serves as the secretary of the Women’s Caring Program, a charity dedicated to expanding early childhood education for working families, and recently completed terms as the president of the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan and vice president of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Kateri Callahan
President, Alliance to Save Energy

Kateri Callahan brings more than 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, fundraising, coalition building, and organizational management to her position as the president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-government organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Alliance has worked for more than thirty-five years to advance energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.  Serving as president of the Alliance since January 2004, Callahan leads a staff of 40+; oversees a budget of approximately $8 million annually; and works with the Alliance Board of Directors, which includes Members of Congress, state and local officials and top corporate and NGO executives, to establish and oversee the core objectives and strategic plans for the organization.

Thomas F. Catania, Jr.
Executive-in-Residence, The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Thomas F. Catania, Jr., Executive in Residence at the Erb Institute is the retired Vice President of Government Relations at Whirlpool Corporation, and he works to enhance the Institute’s visibility in the business community and among policymakers through written communications and by organizing meetings for executives on corporate strategies on energy and environmental issues. He also works with Erb Institute directors and faculty to create and strengthen the Institute’s ties with corporate executives, donors and industry organizations. He currently serves on the Analysis Technical Review Panel for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is a Member of the External Advisory Board of a Wayne State University project on Real-Time Energy Impact Monitors for Residential, Industrial and Policy Use at Wayne State University.    Tom, a leader in identifying and implementing solutions to public policy problems, has spent his career operating in the complex intersection of business, government, nongovernmental organizations and public policy.  Before joining Whirlpool, Tom was Special Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.

Alison Davis-Blake
Edward J. Frey Dean and Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business, University of Michigan

Alison Davis-Blake joined the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan July 1, 2011. She is the Edward J. Frey Dean and Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business.  Alison is an expert on outsourcing; the use of temporary and contract workers, and the effective management of organizational hiring, salary, and promotion systems. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University, and has held editorial positions with the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Management. Alison has taught courses in organizational behavior, fundamentals of management, strategic human resource management, and managing human capital. She also recently completed a three-year term as a board member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premiere accrediting body for business schools worldwide.

Anna Garcia
Program Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs, U.S. Department of Energy

Anna Garcia is the Director of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office in the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this role she provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy through deployment of resources and technical assistance via national partnership networks and communications and outreach activities.

Previously Ms. Garcia served as Executive Director of the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), the organization of 12 states and the District of Columbia created by Congress in 1990 to assess and coordinate the development of policies to reduce regional ground-level ozone or “smog” in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.  Prior to OTC she was Director of Operations and State Programs for the non-profit Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, a division of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation.  She provides unique environmental and energy expertise in creating partnerships with and among state agencies to design multi-pollutant strategies that have both environmental and economic benefits.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Princeton University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University.

Peter Gudritz
Northeast Government Affairs & Community Engagement Leader, The Dow Chemical Company

Peter serves as the Northeast Government Affairs & Community Engagement Leader for Dow Chemical Company. In this role, he leads the development and execution of regional strategies that support corporate priorities through collaboration, community outreach, and building stakeholder relationships throughout the Northeastern U.S., including the greater Philadelphia community.

Prior to his current role, Peter was located at Dow’s global headquarters in Midland, MI as Lead Public Policy Manager, where he led the developing of policy strategies focusing on energy and environmental policy. He also had responsibility for developing Dow’s global Advanced Manufacturing Policy platform.

Before Dow, he was a Policy Analyst with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Washington, DC. There he focused on U.S. energy and climate policy and developed advocacy campaigns, including coordinating and managing coalitions of businesses and NGOs to develop unified messages on priority issue areas. Before WCS, Peter was a Conservation Fellow with American Rivers working mostly on public lands and water policy.

Peter earned his Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on Energy Policy from the George Washington University in D.C. as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He currently serves on the Board of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the Corporate Advisory Council of Campus Philly, and is Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council.

Chuck Hadden
President and CEO, Michigan Manufacturer’s Association

Charles “Chuck” Hadden was named president and chief executive officer of MMA on September 15, 2008. He brings to the job over 15 years of experience with the nearly 3,000 member association, having previously served as the public policy officer and lead lobbyist representing manufacturers before the legislature and state agencies on a broad range of issues, including taxation, product liability, employment and insurance. During his tenure, Chuck was instrumental in obtaining passage of significant legislation that will benefit the manufacturing sector for years to come, including restructuring of Michigan’s tax and energy policies.

Hadden joined MMA in 1993 as director of environmental affairs. Previously, he served as account supervisor for Publicom Association Management Services where he served, simultaneously, as executive director of one national, and three state associations.

Hadden is a graduate of Alma College and completed course work in Administrative and Organizational Behavior with Central Michigan University’s Master of Arts Program. He also earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation awarded by the American Society of Association Executives in 2004 and completed the Finance for Executives Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2009.

George Heartwell
Mayor, City of Grand Rapids

Now serving his third term, Mayor George Heartwell took office on January 1, 2004.  During his tenure, City government has implemented a variety of environmental measures, including purchase of renewable resource energy, use of alternative fuels in city vehicles, continued attention to water quality in the Grand River, and widespread implementation of energy conservation measures.  In January 2007 the United Nations recognized Grand Rapids as a “Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.”

Grand Rapids is widely recognized as one of the most sustainable cities in America.  In 2010 the US Chamber of Commerce gave Grand Rapids the “Nation’s Most Sustainable City” award, and in 2012 Mayor Heartwell was given the first place Climate Protection Award by the US Conference of Mayors.

With twenty-two colleges or universities in the metropolitan area, Grand Rapids is known as a knowledge center.  Human medicine, medical education, and health research is the most rapidly growing economic cluster.  Even during times of severe economic downturn, Grand Rapids has shown remarkable economic resiliency.

George Heartwell is married to Susan who directs the Student Advancement Foundation.  George and Susan are proud parents of three adult children and six extraordinary grandchildren.

John Hieftje
Mayor, City of Ann Arbor

John Hieftje is the Mayor of Ann Arbor, and has served on the DDA Board for four years. He has been a very active community leader, serving on the boards of numerous area organizations, including the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan Theater, Huron River Watershed Council, and Lake Superior Conservancy and Watershed Council. He is the Co-Chair of the Washtenaw Metro Alliance, and has served as Chair of Recycle Ann Arbor and of Urban Core Mayors of Michigan. In addition, he is a member of the Sierra Club, the Ecology Center Center of Ann Arbor, and the National Wildlife Federation (Great Lakes Office). Through these activities, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the local environment, and has won several awards, including Local Elected Official of the Year Award from the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association; the Conservation Leadership Award from the Greater Detroit Audubon Society; the Conservation Award from the Huron Valley Group of Sierra Club; and the Preservationist of the Year Award from Washtenaw Land Trust.

Andrew Hoffman
Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Faculty Director of the Erb Insitute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Within this role, Andy also serves as Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Professor Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over a dozen books, which have been translated into five languages. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded the Maggie Award (2013), JMI Breaking the Frame Award (2012), Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001) and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, Time, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

Kevin Messner
President, PoliticaLogic, representing the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)

Kevin Messner founded PoliticaLogic after a diverse background in the private and public sectors.  Prior to PolicaLogic, Kevin served as the Vice President for Policy & Government Relations and Vice President of State Government Affairs for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), where he was responsible for implementing AHAM’s federal, state and international legislative, regulatory, political and grassroots programs.  He also served in a presidential appointment position at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), he spent 10 years on Capitol Hill as a chief of staff for two Congressmen, and he worked as an engineer for Delco Products and Delco Chassis, which were part of the General Motors Corporation.

Kevin has received the Michael C. Thompson Public Policy Award for extraordinary effort and accomplishment in the area of public policy for the home appliance industry. He was also named “One of the Seven People to Watch in 2007” by Government Computer News.

He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MBA, with distinction, in International Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Marie Lynn Miranda
Professor and Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment

Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D., is Professor and Dean in the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan.  SNRE’s overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, teaching and outreach, faculty, staff and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural and environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

In addition to her administrative leadership responsibilities, Dr. Miranda directs the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), which is a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper.  CEHI emphasizes the environmental health sciences and social justice components of risks borne by children in the United States and internationally. CEHI runs geospatial training programs both at the University of Michigan and nationally.  CEHI is also leading a significant effort in developing geospatial informatics to support health care delivery and improvements in population health.  Dr. Miranda maintains a deep and abiding personal and professional interest in social and environmental justice.

Patricia K. Poppe
Vice President of Customer Experience, Rates, and Regulation, CMS Energy

Patricia K. Poppe is vice president of customer experience,rates and regulation for Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy. She was elected to this position in November 2013.

Poppe is responsible for overall customer experience and satisfaction. She also is responsible for budget planning, rates, regulation and the company’s relationship with the Michigan Public Service Commission.  Prior to her current role, Poppe served as Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience and operations since 2011.

Before joining Consumers Energy in January 2011, Poppe served as director of regulated marketing for energy optimization at DTE Energy. She also worked as director of DTE Energy’s North Region Power Plants, overseeing five generating facilities.

Prior to working for DTE Energy, Poppe held a variety of plant management positions during her 15-year career at General Motors Co.

Poppe earned a master’s degree in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.

John D. Quakenbush
Chairman, Michigan Public Service Commission

John D. Quackenbush was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission on Sept. 15, 2011. His term ends July 2, 2017. Prior to his appointment, Chairman Quackenbush worked for UBS Global Asset Management for 10 years, most recently as managing director and senior investment analyst responsible for equity research for the transportation, utilities and coal industries in the U.S. and Canada. He previously worked as manager of the Sprint Corporation Treasury department and Sprint Corporation Local Telecom Division. Before that, he served in several senior financial analyst roles with the Illinois Commerce Commission. Chairman Quackenbush was named a Top Gun U.S. Industrials Investment Mind in 2011 by Brendan Wood International. He earned certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1993 and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. He previously served as a board member of the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Calvin College and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from Michigan State University. Chairman Quackenbush is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on several committees including the Committee on Gas, the Committee on Consumer Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. Chairman Quackenbush is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Gas Technology Institute.

Barry Rabe
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Chair of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Chair of Public Policy and the Director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he co-directs the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment.  Rabe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

His research and teaching examine the politics of environmental protection, with emphasis on the role of sub-federal governments in the United States and Canada.  He has authored four books and nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications.  Rabe is also actively engaged in public service. He has testified frequently before Congress, executive agencies, and state legislatures.  He was also a founding editor of the American Governance and Public Policy book series of Georgetown University Press. He is regularly featured in national and international media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and various programs on National Public Radio.

He has received three major teaching awards and holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, the highest honor that the University of Michigan conveys in recognition of excellence and innovation in undergraduate education.  Rabe has received three research awards from the American Political Science Association, including the 2007 Daniel Elazar Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Federalism; in 2006 he became the first social scientist to win a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Rabe completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Kevin B. Self
Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Johnson Controls

Kevin is Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Johnson Controls’ $14.6B Building Efficiency business. As a member of the senior leadership team, his responsibilities include leading global development and creating action plans to drive growth and margin expansion, managing the investment portfolio, and driving inorganic growth.  He is also responsible for developing and leading partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, universities, and other groups.

Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Kevin led the integration of MillerCoors (the US entity created by SABMiller and Molson Coors) from 2008 to 2010 and from 2007 to 2008 he led corporate strategy for Miller Brewing Company. Kevin was Director of Business Development from 2001to 2007 at GE Healthcare, leading various acquisitions, divestitures and strategy development. He also worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1993 to 1997 and was a Senior Design Engineer at Baxter Healthcare Corporation from 1987 to 1992.

Kevin holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a Masters Degree in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Science from The University of Michigan.

Maureen Sertich
North American Sustainability Lead, Whirlpool

Maureen Sertich is the North American Sustainability Lead for Whirlpool Corporation. In her role at Whirlpool, she manages the sustainability initiatives for products under the Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Aire Brands. Previously, she developed sustainability standards for products in the building industry, managed a university’s sustainability program, provided sustainability and risk assessment services for large industrial and commercial clients, and managed hazardous waste remediation projects.

Maureen has held several voluntary and appointed positions including serving as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Ann Arbor, MI, board member for the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serving as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Emerging Professionals National Committee, and providing Pro Bono consulting services through Net Impact Chicago Chapter. Maureen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Saint Mary’s College of California and went on to earn a M.S. in Corporate Environmental Management and Sustainability and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Wade Smith
Executive Director, Air Movement and Control Association

Wade Smith is AMCA’s coach, helping members to define regional strategies that exploit what AMCA does, to grow markets, boost member earnings and level the playing field with ratings integrity and ethical behavior.   Wade leads AMCA staff to better serve member needs and control expenses.

Gale Tedhams
Director, Products and Supply Chain Sustainability, Owens Corning

Gale Tedhams is the Director of Sustainability, Product and Supply Chain for Owens Corning. She is responsible for leading the company’s global sustainability strategy with a focus on product and supply chain sustainability and on Owens Corning’s goal to being a net positive company, while managing communications on sustainability strategy integration and product marketing with internal and external stakeholders. Building science and accelerating energy efficiency in the built environment are core elements of Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability.

Gale joined Owens Corning as an environmental engineer with a civil engineering degree from Michigan State University. She has held numerous leadership roles across several businesses and functional areas, including manufacturing leadership in both the United States and Europe and global diversity leadership. Before joining the sustainability organization she was product and program manager in the Insulating Systems business for Owen Corning, where she was responsible for product quality, new development and application.

Mary Templeton
Executive Director, Michigan Saves

Mary Templeton is a senior consultant with Public Sector Consultants and the executive director of Michigan Saves, a multimillion-dollar nonprofit organization managed by PSC that provides financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. In this capacity, she designs financing programs; oversees organizational governance issues, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies; and is responsible for the fiscal management of the organization.

In her previous role, she served as the program manager for BetterBuildings for Michigan, a statewide multimillion-dollar grant program managed by Michigan Saves. She was responsible for working with stakeholders from public, private, and nonprofit organizations to develop and deploy effective residential and commercial energy efficiency strategies. Her work included leading and aligning diverse teams to work collaboratively in delivering program goals, evaluating program effectiveness, identifying and implementing best practices, and ensuring that all program parameters were delivered in accordance with grant terms and conditions, including financial review of all program expenditures.

Prior to joining PSC in 2010, Ms. Templeton’s career spanned more than 20 years in several industries and included roles such as executive vice president of sales and marketing with Wind Energy Consulting and Contracting, senior vice president of OEM Sales for R.L. Polk, and several leadership roles with SAS Institute Inc. In 2008–2009, she served as the vice chair for the Wind Energy Resource Zoning Board, representing the public at large, assisting in the identification of the best locations for wind energy development in Michigan.

Ms. Templeton holds a BS in Business from Wayne State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

Kim Wolske
Research Management Fellow, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

Kim Wolske is the Research Management Fellow at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental psychology and a masters in environmental education from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Kim’s research uses psychological insights to improve the design and implementation of programs aimed at promoting energy conservation and efficiency. She is currently working on a DOE-funded project with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to increase diffusion of solar panels in the residential market. Prior to joining the Erb Institute, Kim served as a consultant to Opower, a firm that uses behavioral science to help utility customers reduce energy use.

Energy 2030, Ann Arbor – Live-stream

March 19, 2014

March 31, 2014

Energy 2030 on the Road: Ann Arbor, Michigan

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


8:00 AM   Registration and Continental Breakfast  - Blau Auditorium

8:30 AM   Welcome Remarks

-          Andrew Hoffman, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
-          Alison Davis-Blake, Ross School of Business
-          Marie Lynn Miranda, School of Natural Resources and Environment

8:50 AM   Featured Videos

-          Remarks from Governor Rick Snyder
-          Detroit Public Television Presentation

9:05 AM   Energy 2030: A Clarion Call to Double U.S. Energy Productivity

-          Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy

9:15 AM   Keynote Remarks

-          Mayor George Heartwell, City of Grand Rapids
-          Mark Barteau, Energy Institute

10:00 AM  Break

10:15 AM  Energy 2030 Symposium Introduction

10:20 AM  Investing in Energy Productivity

Moderator:  Chairman John Quackenbush, Michigan Public Service Commission


-          Patricia Poppe, CMS Energy
-          Valerie Brader, Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder
-          Chuck Hadden, Michigan Manufacturer’s Association
-          Peter Gudritz, Dow Chemical Company

11:20 AM  Break

11:30 AM  Modernize through Energy Efficiency

Moderator:  Barry Rabe, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan


-          Kevin Self, Johnson Controls
-          Wade Smith, Air Movement and Control Association
-          Kevin Messner, PoliticaLogic, on behalf of Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
-          Anna Garcia, Department of Energy

12:30 PM  Networking Lunch and Student Project Showcase – Colloquium, Sixth floor

1:30 PM    Educating and Engaging People on Energy Productivity Gains – Blau Auditorium      

Moderator:  Tom Catania, Erb Institue for Global Sustainable Enterprise


-          David Bell, Masco Contractor Services
-          Maureen Sertich, Whirlpool
-          Gale Tedhams, Owens Corning
-          Kim Wolske, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
-          Mary Templeton, Michigan Saves

2:30 PM   Closing Remarks

-          Kateri Callahan, Alliance to Save Energy
-          Mayor John Hieftje, City of Ann Arbor

U-M report on public perceptions of fracking in Michigan

October 15, 2013

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

pdf-buttonPublic Perceptions Technical Report
is one of seven U-M Integrated Assessment reports on Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
Download as a PDF

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.

New research contributes to major U-M technical reports on “fracking”

September 5, 2013

Erb Research Management Fellow, Kim Wolske, and Director Andy Hoffman contribute to newly released U-M study on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Wolske and Hoffman’s “Public Perceptions Report” is one of 7 technical reports to be used in guiding  future decision making on the issue of “fracking”.

Read the report:  Public Perceptions Technical Report (pdf).
Go here to:  download all  7 reports.
Read the press release (html)

Details – Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era

August 6, 2013

Communicating Climate Science in the Disinformation Era by Peter Sinclair
Wednesday, September 11
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Ross School of Business – R2230

A primary obstacle climate scientists face in educating the public and decision makers on the realities of global warming, is the well funded, well organized and coordinated effort of climate denialists on the internet.

One of the most effective social media initiatives to push back against climate denialism has been Peter Sinclair’s “Climate Denial Crock of the Week“, the YouTube series that confronts and calls out climate deniers, deftly dissecting fossil funded disinformation and propaganda.  Mr. Sinclair is now producing a companion series, “This is Not Cool”, through The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media.  Hailed by Scientists and Journalists around the world, Sinclair’s videos have been among the clearest, most passionate, most effective and searingly funny counterattacks on the anti-science movement. In July of 2013, he traveled with a scientific team to the Greenland ice sheet as part of the “Dark Snow Project”, documented in Rolling Stone magazine.

Now there is a new challenge. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release it’s Fifth Assessment Report on global warming science in September, 2013. The climate denial noise machine is already mounting attacks to confuse the media and smear the scientific community.  A broad based, well informed citizen-science defense of truth and fact is needed to keep climate deniers from fogging the issues yet again.

Come see a presentation of what’s working in climate communication, and join in the effort to push back against the tide of disinformation that is threatening our children’s future, and civilization itself.  Mr. Sinclair will illustrate the science with video clips, discuss what works, and what doesn’t in climate communication, and relate stories from the media wars that have shaped coverage of the most important issue of the millennium.

“The sharpest climate denier debunker on YouTube.” - TreeHugger
“The most important videographer on the planet” - Daily Kos
“Our Favorite Climate de-Crocker” - Joe Romm, Climate Progress

How will “Disruptive Challenges’ in the Electric Markets Impact Michigan’s Energy Decisions?

June 20, 2013

Energy experts converge in Ann Arbor to discuss industry trends, forecasts for Michigan

Read the conference white paper (pdf)
Follow the conference on Twitter using hashtag #mienergy; 
Post-conference slides and videos are now available below.

Slides Videos Podcasts
Introduction Slide View catalog of all video clips Phyllis Cuttino, Clean Energy’s Future on an International Level
Ron Binz, Public Policy Consulting Welcome – Andy Hoffman, Erb Institute Phyllis Cuttino, The Future of Clean Energy Policy
Stu Bresler, PJM Interconnection Grounding – Skip Pruss, 5 Lakes Energy
Lisa Wood, Innovation Electricity Efficiency (IEE) – An Institute of the Edison Foundation Keynote – Ronald Binz, Principal, Public Policy Consulting
Phullis Cuttino, Pew Clean Energy Program Panel I: Grid-Based Technology and Business Model Innovation
Tom Catania, Erb Institute Recognition for Public Service – Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu
Lunchoen Keynote – Phyllis Cuttino – Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Energy Program
White Paper Panel II: Innovative Utility System Resources
How will ‘Disruptive Challenges’ in the Electric Market Impact Michigan Energy Decisions? (pdf) Keynote – Janet Peace, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Wrap-up – Andy Hoffman

ANN ARBOR – An engaging discussion with energy experts regarding industry trends and forecasts that will affect decisions about Michigan’s energy future will be held at the University of Michigan Ross Business School on Wednesday, June 26.

This inaugural Michigan Energy Futures Conference is hosted by NextEnergy, the  Erb Institute, Growth Capital Network, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, 5 Lakes Energy and the Institute for Energy Innovation.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. and feature a variety of keynote speakers and panel discussions, including:

  • Ronald Binz – Principal, Public Policy Consulting (9:50 a.m.)
  • Phyllis Cuttino – Director, Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Energy Program (1 p.m.)
  • Janet Peace – Vice President of Markets and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (3 p.m.)
  • Grid-Based Technology and Business Model Innovation (10:20 a.m.)

Moderator: Jean Redfield, President and CEO, NextEnergy

Panelists: Stu Bresler, Vice President of Market Operations and Demand Resources for PJM and Lisa Wood, Executive Director of Institute for Energy Innovation, IEI

  • Innovative Utility System Resources (1:30 p.m.)

Moderator: Dan Scripps, President, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

Panelists: Frank Lacey, Vice President of Regulatory and Market Strategy for Comverge; Greg White Michigan Public Service Commissioner; and Tom Catania, Executive in Residence of the Erb Institute

Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu will also be honored for his public service during the conference.


Energy experts convene to discuss industry trends and forecasts

June 20, 2013

June 26: The Inaugural Michigan Energy Futures Conference will convene industry, academic and policy experts with the objective of identifying the industry trends and forecasts that will effect Michigan’s energy future.  Join the live conversation on Twitter at:  #mienergy.  View:  Agenda and Videos

Erb Partners in New U-M REFRESCH Program Exploring Appropriate Technologies for Resource-Challenged Regions

May 8, 2013

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.  The collaboration’s vision is to develop a model-based approach, backed by experimental validation, that can identify appropriate, low-cost and sustainable technology solutions for a number of regions in the world that suffer from different types of energy/water/food resource constraints. The partners envision opportunities, in collaboration with local developers, to utilize repurposed, shuttered facilities, such as Willow Run, as self-contained test beds.
Possible scenarios of interest include solar greenhouses, fish farms, hydroponic gardens, or algae plantations. A number of energy inputs and feedstocks will be considered, including solar energy, wind energy, biomass
conversion, natural gas, propane gas, waste to energy, and low temperature waste heat recovery. Case studies may also consider the use of solar/wind energy for water pumping and disinfection utilizing UV-LED lights, various energy storage technologies and the potential use of direct rather than alternating current.

Andy Hoffman will lead Erb’s involvement in the project, which will also provide graduate student research assistant appointments and case-study development fellowships for students.

The partnership is directed by Chemical Engineering professor Johannes Schwank, also includes the Graham Institute, Energy Institute, School of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Engineering and Taubman College of Architecture.