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Conversations With Consequence: How Can Business Better Innovate for Sustainability?

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The Erb Institute engaged with several speakers and participants around key questions that relate to business, academia and sustainability, during a partner event with Innovation Forum in Detroit.  We asked business sustainability professionals:

What new opportunities are on the horizon for business to better “innovate for sustainability”?

In the videos above:

Ross Professor: There's Something Terribly Wrong With How We Make Decisions About Climate Change

New research, annual Wege Lecture offer guidance for moving forward.
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For over two decades, Joe Árvai has studied how we actually make choices — compared to how we think we make them. It will come as no surprise to even the most casual observers that the gulf between them can be large.

Michigan Ross Professor Testifies Before Congress on Climate Change, Says U.S. Infrastructure Is 'In Bad Shape'

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Tom Lyon, professor of business economics and public policy and of environment and sustainability, spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure this week about ways he believes infrastructure improvement, as well as the free market, can help lessen the impacts of climate change.

The Faculty Member Who Fights Fake News – Erb Institute Faculty Andy Hoffman in La Nación

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Andy Hoffman teaches business and sustainability courses at the University of Michigan and studies cultural issues and the knowledge that impacts decisions. He visited Costa Rica and spoke with Irene Rodríguez S. at ‘La Nación’.  Translated to English from the original article.

Why Sustainability Should Include Political Activity – Professor Tom Lyon in the California Management Review

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives have gone mainstream, but they are missing something important: They ignore corporations’ political actions, including lobbying and campaign funding, which can drastically alter corporations’ environmental and social impact. In some cases, companies cynically engage in the strategy of “talking green while lobbying brown.” Corporations report on social and environmental sustainability metrics but typically not on political ones, which can allow them to get away with irresponsible lobbying activity.

When You Realize, It’s Not Just You. – Shedding Light on Gender and Navigating Academia

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Or how two professors are bringing awareness and a voice to gender issues in higher education: Erb Staffer Carolyn Kwant talks with Sara Soderstrom, Asst. Professor, University of Michigan and Maria Farkas, Asst. Professor, Department of Management, Imperial College Business School. 

Erb Institute ICYMI: How Can Academia and Business Collaborate for Sustainability?

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The Erb Institute engaged with several speakers and participants around key questions that relate to business, academia and sustainability, during a partner event with Innovation Forum in Detroit.

In the videos above, we take a look at what academia has to offer business sustainability professionals and how the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
 

Do People Cheat When No One’s Looking? Implications for Environmental Management

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Many environmental management programs offer people incentives to engage in conservation activities. But these activities, carried out on a local level, often are difficult to monitor. Are people inclined to cheat to get the incentives? Research led by Rohit Jindal of the MacEwan University Business School in Edmonton, Alberta and Erb Institute Faculty Director Joe Árvai set out to answer this question.

Shutdown’s Economic Impact Is a Forceful Reminder of Why Government Matters

By Andrew J. Hoffman and Ellen Hughes-Cromwick for The Conversation
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As the United States endures the longest shutdown in its history, Americans are getting a taste of life without government.

The absence of some services are clearly visible, such as a buildup of trash at national parks or longer lines at airport security checkpoints. Others, like those felt primarily by businesses, are less noticeable but arguably more important, such as an inability to get a small business loan or limited service from the IRS, Securities and Exchange Commission and other key agencies.

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