The Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability

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Twelve MBAs prepare to Hit the Open Road

Meet the Teams that Will Head out on Ross Open Road<p>Three teams of four MBAs each are preparing to embark on road trips across America in May 2018. …

Small Business

A right to water - Is water a human right or a commodity?

University of Michigan

ICYMI! - A Magazine for the Business Sustainability Professional

The University of Michigan’s Erb Institute launches new bi-annual publication – ICYMI!<p><i>ICYMI!</i> is a business-focused publication sharing the work of …

Aspen Institute

Professor Andy Hoffman was honored today as a recipient of the 2017 Ideas Worth Teaching Awards for his class on Sustainable Business in Iceland …

University of Michigan

Making way for business sustainability in Cuba

The group included Ovidio D’Angelo, Mirlena Rojas, Jusmary Gómez, María Vilaboy and Liana Bidart. CIPS works with at-risk families, aging …

Cuba

Erb Institute Hosts SB '19 Networking Reception in Detroit

Sustainability

Do Green Company Acquisitions Make Multinational Corporations More Sustainable?

Do corporate buyouts of small, eco-conscious companies really lead to more sustainability? It's a mixed bag, says one expert. We explore the …

Sustainability

Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

The colorized electron microscope image shows the gallium nitride towers of the artificial photosynthesis device at 25k magnification. These …

How even one automated, connected vehicle can improve safety and save energy in traffic

Stack of long exposure images of downtown Ann Arbor, MI. Image credit: Marcin Szczepanski, Michigan Engineering<p>ANN ARBOR—Connected cruise control …

Ann Arbor

University of Michigan students go off the grid with straw-bale building

The building, located next to the UM Campus Farm, will provide an informal meeting space for students and faculty in what is UM's first off-the-grid …

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: …

Engineering

The Green Room: Can Automated Vehicles Drive An Energy-Saving Future?

Driverless technology is here! Two fully-automated, 11-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA will soon begin …

University of Michigan

US team examines greenhouse-gas emissions meal by meal

Individual meal choices have a profound effect on our environmental footprint, but much of the analysis has been based on aggregated or stereotyped …

Diets

U-M Graham Institute grants target sustainability challenges in Puerto Rico, Michigan

ANN ARBOR—The Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan has awarded more than $200,000 to support three sustainability-related …

Puerto Rico

Forward momentum at the Bonn climate conference

Although President Trump announced the intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, technically, we haven’t left it yet. In fact, we have to …

Trump’s challenge to fuel-efficient car standards: an uphill battle

Carmakers haven't issued a unified call to roll back regulation to improve fuel economy, yet the EPA appears headed in that direction. With high …

Food Waste & Climate Change

The food you throw out every day might be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about one-third of …

How to Play Matchmaker to Social + Business Metrics - William Davidson Institute

Women working with Chakipi Acceso in Peru. Image courtesy of Chakipi.<p><b>Note: The following post was co-written by Rebecca Baylor, Heather Esper and</b> …

Report notes sustainability progress, highlights campus efforts

Sustainability efforts by the University of Michigan in 2017 have resulted in significant progress toward the university's 2025 campus sustainability …

Sustainable Labs Spotlight

The University of Michigan has 2.8 million square feet of lab space for research and teaching and is ranked #1 in research volume among U.S public …

I’m suing Scott Pruitt’s broken EPA - here’s how to fix it

Climate Change Strategies for Detroit Small Businesses - A Q&A with Managing Director, Terry Nelidov

Solar Energy Technology in Mexico's Coastal Regions

Using solar energy technology to address the global water crisis<p>At the Erb Institute, our students collaborate with students across campus—from both …

The hundred people behind your favorite pair of jeans

After the denim is woven, mill workers inspect every yard of fabric produced and send it off for finishing. Finally, a team of inspectors reviews the …

Climate resilience and agricultural prosperity

My role was to perform benchmarking research of other multinational food and beverage companies. I was responsible for scanning sustainability …

Ecuador’s glaciers are disappearing fast, and this could spell trouble for industry and tourism

By Gabriel Thoumi and Ian Robinson<p>The glaciers along Ecuador’s eastern cordillera—Chimborazo, Cayambe, Antizana and Cotopaxi—are quickly …

Issues Of The Environment: Potential Impacts Of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Of The Future

Self-driving vehicles are meant to be the future of transportation, but there's much more to learn about how they could affect the environment. In …

Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization

In an advance that makes a more flexible, inexpensive type of solar cell commercially viable, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated …

Energy injustice? Cost, availability of energy-efficient lightbulbs vary with poverty levels

Energy-efficient lightbulbs are more expensive and less available in high-poverty urban areas than in more affluent locations, according to a new …

Self-driving electric shuttle buses to begin at University of Michigan

A pair of self-driving shuttle buses should begin motoring around Ann Arbor this spring in an ambitious test of the new technology with the …