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As technologies improve, so too do opportunities for businesses to lead in environmental stewardship. University of Michigan faculty and staff are highlighting cutting edge environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies and assessing the future of the green economy. The Erb Institute is at the center of this thought leadership, enabling companies, industries, and entire economies toward systemic sustainability.

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Coaster display at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Image credit: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography
Cass coasters: Reclaiming glass and wood and purpose
an autoworker finishing the detail of a car
100% renewable diesel cars can reduce carbon emissions while waiting for electric vehicles
Daniel Raimi
Raimi maps U.S. energy economy in new report
a University of Michigan flag
U-M commits to universitywide carbon neutrality
a task force convening around a table
U-M task force launches with aim to help corporations act responsibly in politics and beyond
dean yang
Yang research: Temporary farming subsidies in Mozambique boost economic well-being
Shelie Miller
Busting environmental myths
Kaitlin Raimi
Private sector action may be linchpin to conservative support on climate change
The atrium of the Ford Robotics Building at the University of Michigan. Photo: Ford Motor Company
U-M, Ford open world-class robotics complex
a lightbulb icon in front of a laptop
Virtual conference CO2 emissions quantified in new study
Barry Rabe
Rabe comments on GM's historic move to electric vehicles
2019 Dow Fellows Cohort. Image courtesy: U-M Business Engagement Center
Dow Sustainability Fellows Program extended at U-M through 2023
Current circular economy framework for automobiles. Reproduced with permission from the article published by the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
A Circular Economy Framework for Automobiles
arrow shaped stairs
From setting to achieving sustainability goals
barry rabe
Rabe explores taxing methane emissions
boxes in a warehouse
New ways to study individual corporations’ supply chains
gray and maize concrete
How to promote sustainable decisions in polarized times
Illustration of paper airplanes flying over a blue background
Are the keys to supply chain transformation closer than they appear?
graphic of a brain
AI and the future of work
Illustration of Earth with a gavel and policy
Why business shouldn’t fear the Green New Deal
forest with trees cut down
The five Ws of supply chains: Who, what, where, when and why corporations should care
Wind turbines in a field
Tackling climate change in Michigan