U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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12/21/2015
What should America do with its $2-per-gallon gas windfall?
Mark Barteau, Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute

American consumers have been enjoying Christmas since July – that is, July 2014, when the average price for all grades of gasoline peaked at US$3.75 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. Since then, prices have declined substantially, as every motorist knows: to $2.90 by Thanksgiving 2014 and to $2.14 as we approach the end of 2015. In many parts of the country, the price of regular gasoline is well below $2 per gallon today. Read More.

12/16/2015
Seven market signals that business needs before it embraces the Paris Climate Agreement
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Historic! Landmark! Monumental! These are the words being used to describe the Paris climate accord, recently negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations. As an agreement, the words are apt. Read More.

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