U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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6/1/2016
The limits of intellectual reason in our understanding of the natural world
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Ability to see the cultural value of wilderness boils down, in the last analysis, to a question of intellectual humility. Read More.

5/18/2016
A tale of two oil and gas boomtowns – a boost to the economy, a tricky landing
Daniel Raimi, Lecturer on Public Policy (UM Ford School), Research Specialist (UM Energy Institute), Associate in Research (Duke Univ. Energy Initiative), University of Michigan
Richard G. Newell, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Duke University

Over roughly the past 10 years, the United States has experienced remarkable growth in the production of natural gas and oil. This growth has taken place across dozens of regions, from the scrub of west Texas to the plains of North Dakota to the pastoral hills of Appalachia. It has sparked economic growth, raised environmental concerns and reduced energy prices. Read More.

5/15/2016
Society's biggest problems need more than a nudge
Joe Arvai, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, and Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

So-called “nudge units” are popping up in governments all around the world. Read More.

3/31/2016
Eco-authenticity: advocating for a low-carbon world while living a high-carbon lifestyle
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. Read More.

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