U-M Sustainability Expert Perspectives

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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.

3/17/2016
Will cheap gas at the pump stall progress on car emissions?
John DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan

Retail gasoline prices are now as low as they were in the “roaring ‘90s.” The 1990s, that is, when the energy crisis of the 1970s had faded from American consumers’ memories, the economy was strong and the market share of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) had more than tripled over the decade. Read More.

2/24/2016
How driverless vehicles will redefine mobility and change car culture
Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor at the Ross School of Business and Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan

My grandmother, Christine Johanna Hoffman, was born in 1894 and died in 1990. In the course of her lifetime, she witnessed the advent of indoor plumbing and home electrification, the Wright Brothers' first flight, the debut of the Ford Model T and man landing on the moon, just to name a few. Read More.

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