Academic Thought - Sustainability Action

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Academic Thought - Sustainability Action

The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise conducts both scholarly and applied research. Our scholarly work pushes the envelope on sustainability science, while our applied research drives impact here and now through practical hands-on approaches for management.  The institute focuses on four priority research areas:  Human Development, Global Change, Corporate Governance and Conscious Consumption. Read more about Erb Institute - Business for Sustainability here.

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Erb Faculty Member, Andy Hoffman Authors Chapter in State of the World’s 'EarthEd'
EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet (2017) With global environmental changes locked into our future, what we teach must evolve. All education will need to be environmental education, but environmental education cannot focus solely on teaching everyone to live just a bit greener. Instead, it will need to both teach students to be bold sustainability leaders as...
Aug 4, 2017 3:45 PM ET
Motivating Sustainable Consumer Choices: The Role of Nudges, Values, and Labels
Small, everyday changes in people’s behavior can have significant positive environmental impacts. Research conducted by Victoria Campbell-Árvai and Joe Árvai focused on the role of "nudges" in motivating consumers’ to choose products that would lead to positive environmental outcomes. The research evaluated outcomes when both appetizing and unappetizing sustainable meals were presented as food...
Jul 17, 2017 10:00 AM ET
Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities
This is a study of the distinctive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to do so, reports to upper administration (provost or vice president of research). Among research universities within the Association of American Universities (AAU), 19 were identified, and 18...
Jul 11, 2017 12:15 PM ET
Knowledge as a Driver of Public Perceptions about Climate Change Reassessed
There’s an emerging body of research suggesting that how much people know about climate change is unrelated to how much they care about it, or how much support they’ll have for actions aimed at addressing it.  This research argues that our feelings about climate change are instead a function of “cultural variables”, which work independently from knowledge.  New research by Joe Árvai and...
Jul 10, 2017 12:15 PM ET
How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
By: Graham Sustainability Institute Education Director and Former Erb Faculty Director, Andrew Hoffman.  Andrew is a faculty member at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.  He can be reached on Twitter at @HoffmanAndy Book description: Though the scientific community...
Feb 15, 2015 2:00 PM ET