Academic Thought - Sustainability Action

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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Joe Árvai is the Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and the Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Joe is an internationally recognized expert in the risk and decisions sciences, with a specific focus on developing and testing decision-aiding tools and approaches that can be used by people to improve decision quality across a wide range of environmental, social, and economic contexts.

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Professor Hoffman's research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations.  

Thomas P. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce. Professor Lyon uses economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands.

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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
Globalization Trendlab Report on Sustainability Opportunities
Erb Faculty Members, Professors Hoffman and Lyon are heavily cited in a Wharton report examining how and why corporations, nonprofits, and academics must inform, educate, and engage politicians and policymakers on sound and strategic sustainability efforts Sustainability has become a key topic of debate among policymakers, officials of advocacy organizations, business leaders,...
Nov 12, 2014 9:00 AM ET
Corporate Sustainability – Thomas P. Lyon
In recent times the academic world has focused increasing attention on the challenges of corporate sustainability. While the concept of corporate sustainability originated in the context of environmental impact and natural resources, in recent years the concept has been broadened to include various social concerns ranging from animal welfare, human rights and labor conditions, to issues of...
Aug 13, 2014 1:00 PM ET
Bringing Stakeholder Values into Climate Risk Management Programs: Decision Aiding for REDD in Vietnam
The United Nations (UN) Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) program offers incentives for developing countries to reduce CO2 emissions and to invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. In designing and deploying REDD programs, the UN is asking that participating nations go beyond focusing just on technical issues associated with carbon management and...
Jul 14, 2014 12:00 PM ET