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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.

Examining Interdisciplinary Sustainability Institutes at Major Research Universities

Innovations in cross-campus cross-disciplinary models
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This is a study of the distinctive characteristics, activities, challenges and opportunities of a specific type of sustainability institute, one that spans the many disciplines of the university and, to do so, reports to upper administration (provost or vice president of research). Among research universities within the Association of American Universities (AAU), 19 were identified, and 18 agreed to participate in this study. 

Knowledge as a Driver of Public Perceptions about Climate Change Reassessed

Árvai’s research clearly shows that education and decision support, aimed at the public and policy makers, is not the lost cause that many followers of the culture wars think it is
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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 colleagues from ETH Zürich suggest that this is in fact not the case. Much of the research comparing culture and knowledge misses the mark in terms of how both knowledge and culture are measured.  

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.

When Politicians Cherry-Pick Data and Disregard Facts, What Should We Academics Do? – (The Conversation)

Academic scholars have an important role to play standing up for scientific integrity - an editorial by Andy Hoffman
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When politicians distort science, academics and scientists tend to watch in shock from the sidelines rather than speak out. But in an age of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” we need to step into the breach and inject scientific literacy into the political discourse.

Earth Week Guest Post: Reflections for New Business Leaders: Opportunity and Responsibility

By Kristine Shantz
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Kristine Schantz, a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute, reflects on the essential impact her classmates will need to make as they reenter the workforce to ensure a sustainable future for their businesses and our planet. 

Erb Institute and World Environment Center Partner to Create Student Opportunities in Sustainable Development

Press Release

WASHINGTON, November 1, 2012 /3BL Media/ - The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment) and the World Environment Center (WEC) today announced a partnership to directly engage MBA/MS students in planning and implementing sustainable development initiatives with leading global companies. 

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