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Thinking about an MBA? Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Offers Dual-degree Program

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Curious about the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability and the dual-degree program? Student and Alumni Coordinator, Colton Babladelis will be leading a webinar to take prospective students through the program, the application process, opportunities for funding, our Erb alumni network and career pathways.

Register at the link below!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5721877587523681538

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Post Doc Finds Positive Correlation Between Education and Polarized Opinions on Controversial Science Topics

Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff
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It's well known that some of the biggest issues of our time are polarized along religious or political lines, meaning that people with different religious and political affiliations tend to have different beliefs on these issues.

Director of Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Among Experts Suggesting Climate Assessment Improvements

Erb faculty director, Joe Arvai among experts recently published in IOPscience, suggesting that a reframing is necessary to provide actionable information for improved business sustainability outcomes.
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Published 21 July 2017 • © 2017 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd 

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Faculty, Tom Lyon asks, "Do Millenials Have a Sense of 'Meh' When It Comes to the U.S. Auto Industry?"

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Erb Institute, faculty member, Tom Lyon along with A. Wren Montgomery and Kimberly S. Wolske, have recently completed research which considers differences between Millennial’s perceptions of automotive ownership versus prior generations and whether Millennials are exhibiting significantly different driving behaviors and attitudes. Interestingly, “changing emotional connections to and meanings around driving and ownership, and utility perceptions around vehicles” may be indicative of a general lack of interest by this generation, or more simply, ‘meh’.

Andy Hoffman, Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability, quoted in "The Troubling Return of Al Gore" - New Republic

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Gore is the most polarizing figure in climate politics—disputed on the left, and widely loathed on the right. According to research by environmental scholar Andrew Hoffman published in 2011, nearly 40 percent of all articles casting doubt on climate change mentioned Gore. “He had become extremely provocative for many people, and that limited his voice,” Hoffman told me. “Now that he’s stepping back into it, we’ll see what happens.”

Erb Faculty Member, Andy Hoffman Authors Chapter in State of the World’s 'EarthEd'

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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 well as equip them with the skills necessary to survive the turbulent century ahead.

 

Motivating Sustainable Consumer Choices: The Role of Nudges, Values, and Labels

Campell-Árvai and Árvai found that the use of a nudge increased the probability that consumers would choose a sustainable food option.
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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 choices in a cafeteria setting.

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