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In Clean Energy Portfolios, Money Isn’t Everything – Research by Erb Institute Faculty Director, Joe Arvai

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People may be more willing to pay for clean energy and strategies that dramatically reduce emissions than previous studies have suggested, according to new research by Michigan State University Professor Douglas Bessette and University of Michigan Professor Joseph Árvai, “Engaging Attribute Tradeoffs in Clean Energy Portfolio Development,” published in Energy Policy. Árvai is the Erb Institute’s faculty director.

I’m Suing Scott Pruitt’s Broken EPA - Here’s How to Fix It

By Joe Arvai, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
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Between 2011 and 2017, Joe Arvai was a member of the U.S. EPA's Chartered Science Advisory Board. He is now among a group of scientists that is suing the agency over Scott Pruitt's actions.

In 2017, just a few days after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a freshman GOP lawmaker with only a few days on the job of his own, proposed House Resolution 861. Its language was ominous: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

Public Pecerptions of Solar Radiation Management with Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Faculty Director Joe Arvai

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Current efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change might not succeed in time to avoid dangerous consequences. One option to fight climate change—often discussed within scientific circles, but still relatively unknown among the general public—is solar radiation management (SRM), a type of geoengineering that reflects some short-wave radiation (such as ultraviolet radiation or sunlight) into space. SRM is an artificial extension of natural processes, like cloud layers and ice caps, which similarly reflect some of the sun’s heat back into space.

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Director Joe Arvai - What is (and, is not) an Energy Strategy?

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When most people talk about energy strategies, they’re actually not talking about strategy at all.  Oftentimes, narratives are about what companies and policy makers could or should be doing when it comes to energy transitions are framed as “strategy”.  For example, I’ve heard people say that putting a price on carbon, or the need to transition to an electrified economy that does not depend upon fossil fuels, is an “energy strategy.”

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability Director, Joe Arvai - Big Data Will Not Save Us

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The rise of what is broadly called “big data” has given new impetus to those who believe that more and better information will solve our decision-making troubles.

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 

Director of Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability among Climate Experts Advancing Knowledge of Sea Level Projections

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In a compelling analysis of the factors that affect how much the ocean will rise along California’s coast in coming decades, a seven-member team of experts led by UC Santa Cruz geologist Gary Griggs has issued a report on the best-available sea-level rise science.

Business Has Much to Do If It Wants to Be a Climate Leader

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Joseph Árvai is the director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He can be reached on Twitter at @DecisionLab.

EPA Science Advisory Board Member Offers Take on Pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/michigan/audio/2017/06/20170602_SS_Arvai_Paris_agreement.mp3

Listen to the full interview above to hear why the businesses that Trump claims to be helping are already shifting toward green energy, according to Arvai. You'll also hear why withdrawing from the accord could impact the United States' reputation globally and, ultimately, its economy.

Erb Faculty Director, Joe Arvai joins Stateside to break down what this move means for the country and the environment
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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/michigan/audio/2017/06/20170602_SS_Arvai_Paris_agreement.mp3

Listen to the full interview above to hear why the businesses that Trump claims to be helping are already shifting toward green energy, according to Arvai. You'll also hear why withdrawing from the accord could impact the United States' reputation globally and, ultimately, its economy.

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