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August 2021

Prospective Student Webinar – Today! Sept. 14th at 5:30 p.m.

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Curious about the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability and the dual-degree program?  Student and Alumni Coordinator, Colton Babladelis will be leading a webinar to take prospective students through the program, the application process, opportunities for funding, our Erb alumni network and career pathways.  Register at the link below! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5721877587523681538

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Prospective Student Webinar – Oct. 20th at 12:00 p.m.

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Curious about the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability and the dual-degree program?  Student and Alumni Coordinator, Colton Babladelis will be leading a webinar to take prospective students through the program, the application process, opportunities for funding, our Erb alumni network and career pathways.  Register at the link below!  

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Professional Development Webinar – Circular economy, Packaging, Recycling & Responsible Consumption

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Join us for a webinar on the circular economy with a member of our External Advisory Board, David Clark. David is the Vice President of Sustainability, for Amcor Ltd. His work is focused on transitioning the industry from single-use plastic packaging toward circular economy principles. This includes working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, major consumer brands, governments, and other groups to increase the collection and recycling of plastic packaging. To learn more about our panelist and to participate…

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Professional Development Webinar on Consulting and Entrepreneurship – Lee Gormann (Co-Sponsored by Erb Institute & Zell-Lurie Institute)

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Join the Erb Institute and Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI) for an alumni professional development webinar with Lee Gorman on consulting and entrepreneurship in relation to sustainability.  Lee is currently a Mentor in Residence at the Lawrence Technological University Collaboratory and a Consultant for Barton Consulting Services. In both cases, Lee’s work is helping high tech entrepreneurs commercialize their ideas and grow their businesses.  At LTU, Lee focuses on small/medium manufacturing businesses as well as startups, with the…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – Reducing Environmental Impacts Using Life Cycle Assessment

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Dr. Jeremiah Johnson NC State, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Improving environmental outcomes requires systems approaches that consider impacts that extend beyond a factory or company's walls. By using life cycle assessment (LCA), companies can identify the best opportunities to reduce environmental impacts, informing decisions relating to material choice, supply chains, production processes, in-use impacts, and end of life management. Relying on new insights from LCA, companies can prioritize their efforts in meeting their sustainability goals…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – A Brief History of Sustainability and Business Tranformation

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Dr. Sara Soderstrom University of Michigan, Assistant Professor, Organizational Studies and Program in the Environment During this session, Dr. Soderstrom will introduce the triple-bottom line framework that underpins sustainability and brings attention to economic, social, and environmental priorities. Corporate sustainability is "in vogue" at the moment, which makes it easy to forget that this role of business in addressing environmental and social issues is a relatively recent phenomenon. Through a historical review of the sustainability movement, we will explore the…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – Consumer Perceptions and Behavior

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Dr. Kaitlin Raimi University of Michigan, Assistant Professor of Public Policy Many sustainability initiatives rely on individual consumers being able to recognize more sustainable products and practices and being willing to choose sustainable options. Yet most consumers are not experts in sustainability, do not readily understand sustainability-related indices, and may even avoid sustainable options because they perceive them as running counter to their own identities. How can businesses convey sustainable options to consumers in ways that they can understand and…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – Climate Change: How to Tackle a Wicked Problem

August 2 @ 3:18 pm EDT

Dr. Daniel Vermeer Duke, Executive Director – Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment and Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment Wicked problems differ from conventional problems by virtue of their complexity, unboundedness, multiple stakeholders, and resistance to resolution. Wicked problems exist in many domains, including environmental degradation, global pandemics, inequality, and nuclear disarmament. Despite the world’s problems becoming increasingly wicked, we still rely heavily on frameworks and tools that were created to address more discrete…

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