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Entrepreneurs and the Racial Wealth Divide: A Q&A With Jessica Norwood

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African American entrepreneurs have a significantly harder time than their white counterparts do in securing funding from friends and family to launch their businesses. Entrepreneur Jessica Norwood founded the Runway Project to help them get the seed funding they need to get off the ground. She talked with the Erb Institute about how this approach both enables these entrepreneurs and benefits the broader business community.

Why did you start the Runway Project?

Council of Michigan Foundations Honors John Erb with 2019 Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich., October 23, 2019 /3BL Media/ – John Erb has been named the 2019 recipient of the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) and the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA).

Sustainability in Detroit, Part 4: The Dirt

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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 
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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. 

Sustainability in Detroit, Part 2: Making Way for Bees

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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. This is Part 2 of 5.
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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. This is Part 2 of 5.

How to Promote Sustainable Decisions in Polarized Times

by Caitlin Drummond
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Sustainability needs evidence. Evidence enables us to better understand how our actions affect the environment. It empowers us to make more sustainable choices, both as consumers and as managers. For example, as managers, is that new initiative really going to reduce water usage? As consumers, is recycling that peanut butter jar worth all the energy it takes to clean it out? (For the record: cleaning out that peanut butter jar, especially if it’s plastic, is probably not worth it.)

Sustainability in Detroit, Part 1: The City Steps Up

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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. This is Part 1 of 5.
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What does sustainability look like in Detroit, a city that is going through changes that some consider a renaissance? The Erb Institute talked with five people who are working to make Detroit more sustainable—in wildly divergent ways, from bees, to dirt, to real estate development, to stormwater. This is Part 1 of 5.

Are the Keys to Supply Chain Transformation Closer Than They Appear?

By Madeleine Carnemark, MBA/MS Candidate 2020
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For sustainability initiatives in food retail, do the largest hurdles lie in the supply chain, or within the walls of corporate headquarters? As sustainability becomes a bigger priority for food producers and retailers, more and more companies are forming sustainability teams to push toward a new food economy through supply chain transformation.

ICYMI! Spring 2019 – Shedding Light on Gender and Navigating Academia

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We are excited to share the latest edition of ICYMI! A Magazine for Business Sustainability Professionals. In each edition of ICYMI!, we share the latest research, teaching and engagement from the Erb Institute. Our cover story for this edition is by Erb faculty member, Sara Soderstrom. She shares how she’s working to bring awareness to gender issues in academia.

The Five Ws of Supply Chains: Who, What, Where, When and Why Corporations Should Care

By Benjamin Goldstein – Erb Postdoctoral Fellow
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Not a month goes by without a media campaign linking the supply chain of a well-known brand with unsavory labor practices or environmental mismanagement. Such exposés can devalue brands and reduce well-meaning corporate sustainability initiatives to hypocrisy. Beyond financial and reputational risks, a corporation that doesn’t know its supply chain can be caught flat-footed when the regions it sources from are rocked by political and environmental upheaval.

The Future of Business Sustainability — Extending Inclusiveness to People With Disabilities

By Kelsey Pace
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People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group, at an estimated one in six people globally, but their needs often are overlooked. Businesses and other organizations that aim to be more inclusive might opt to create an environment where these people’s needs are understood. However, it is often difficult to recognize the best way to make changes.

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