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Rising Insurance Costs May Convince Americans That Climate Change Risks Are Real – Andy Hoffman in the Conversation

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One of the great challenges of tackling climate change is making it real for people without a scientific background. That’s because the threat it poses can be so hard to see or feel.

In the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, for example, one may be compelled to ask, “Was that climate change?” Many politicians and activists have indeed claimed that recent powerful storms are a result of climate change, yet it’s a tough sell.

"What Were You Meant to Be?" Andrew Hoffman Challenges Students at Loyola Convocation

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On August 24, 2018, Andrew J. Hoffman, the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, delivered the Convocation Address at Loyola University Chicago to 3,250 students and 250 faculty members.

Sustainability, Commerce and Economics: How to Create the Right Balance – Andy Hoffman Quoted in Business Today

We may be losing the war against climate change, as we fail to approach sustainability-related issues in the right manner.
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In a recent article 'The Invisible Hand Won't Solve the Climate Crisis. Capitalism Must Evolve', US professor Andrew J. Hoffman well articulates the perils of global unsustainability and the need to redefine the role of corporation and market.

Nobel Award Recognizes How Economic Forces Can Fight Climate Change – Andy Hoffman in the Conversation

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Yale economist William Nordhaus has devoted his life’s work to understanding the costs of climate change and advocating the use of a carbon tax to curb global warming.

To Make Sustainability Real, Make It Personal

By Neil Hawkins and Joe Árvai
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From the perspective of business, engaging employees is critical to developing and advancing a company’s sustainability goals. The feeling is mutual from the perspective of current, not to mention future employees: A company’s sustainability goals are important to the process of attracting and retaining the top talent.

Kellogg’s Amy Senter Sits Down With the Erb Institute Ahead of Innovation Forum Detroit

Insights on why measuring sustainability matters and which metrics matter most.
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How did sustainability become a career for you?

When I was going into undergrad, I wanted to do something in the sciences and had always had a strong affinity for the environment. I can remember back to my elementary school days when we had a “cans for critters” campaign, where we collected soda cans, and all the money from the recycling went to the San Diego Zoo.

When I saw that the University of Michigan had such a strong program—at the undergraduate and graduate level—I jumped at the opportunity to dive into something I loved.

Erb Featured Business Sustainability Case Study | What is Water Worth?: Nestlé Walks a Fine Line

By Andrew Hoffman
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Paul Bulcke, CEO of Nestlé S.A., is confronted with an Internet firestorm after a comment made by his predecessor, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, in a 2005 interview resurfaces. In the interview Brabeck-Letmathe calls the human right to water an “extreme solution.” Bulcke must make recommendations to lay the foundation for the company’s future direction relevant to water use at its shareholder meeting the next day. The main questions facing him are: How should Nestlé frame its approach to water resource management?

Erb Institute Managing Director, Terry Nelidov Is Panelist on Innovation Forum Webinar

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Innovation Forum is partnering with the Erb Institute in Detroit Oct. 2-3rd, to talk about the latest approaches to materiality, and how to establish a robust business case in 2018.  Want to be a part of the conversation? Register here!

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Innovation Forum is partnering with the Erb Institute in Detroit Oct. 2-3rd, to talk about the latest approaches to materiality, and how to establish a robust business case in 2018.  Want to be a part of the conversation? Register here!

Erb Featured Business Sustainability Case Study | Dow and the Circular Economy: Trash to Treasure?

By Sneha Rao, Chris Mills, Imani David and Nicholas Machinski. This case was written under the supervision of Andrew Hoffman, Erb Faculty Member.
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Erica Ocampo, sustainability and advocacy manager at The Dow Chemical Company, is getting ready to present her report on the pilot Energy Bag program to her boss. The waste-to-energy program has been met with success in converting plastics to energy, but Ocampo is wondering how she can take the project a step further and truly make Dow a participant and leader in the circular economy. Students are asked to identify with Ocampo and develop a plan of action for the company.

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Tom Lyon, ARCS President, Issues Statement in Concert with "Step Up Declaration" from Global Climate Action Summit

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This past week thousands of delegates were in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit. Spearheaded by California Governor Jerry Brown, the Summit showcases the commitments of states, cities and businesses to cut their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect the Earth from further dangerous warming. This is an urgently needed response to the U.S. vow to become the only country in the world to back out of its climate commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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