‘Wishful’ Thinking at Erb Institute at University of Michigan Would Help Create More Sustainable Future

An alternative holiday wish list from leading green business education experts

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan has created a unique version of the typical holiday gift list: its “15 wishes for a sustainable future” offers a wish list of environmentally responsible changes that businesses, governments and consumers can make this holiday season and in the New Year.

The Erb Institute’s 15 wishes for a sustainable future are part of a year-long celebration of the dual-degree program’s 15th anniversary. The institute, a joint program between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources, awards dual MBA/MS degrees to graduates of its three-year program, as well as serving as the center for cutting edge research into global companies’ sustainability strategies. The list appears below and at http://www.erb.umich.edu.

15 Wishes for a Sustainable Future: What the Erb Institute Wants for the Holidays:

  1. Require companies to document the social and environmental benefits they create in return for the privileges and protections they receive from incorporation
  2. Implement broad public works smartgrid projects and invest in alternative energy R&D
  3. Cap carbon, period!
  4. Green the mortgage bailout: reduce mortgage rates for energy- and transportation-efficient homes that save their owners money and create less default risk.
  5. Outlaw “vampires”: appliances that suck power even when turned off
  6. Teach sustainability to every elementary, middle and high school student
  7. Participate – and promise to reduce emissions – at the next round of global carbon treaty talks
  8. Source at least 20 percent of food in school lunches from local farmers and suppliers
  9. Provide stronger and more stable tax incentives for alternative energy start-ups and commercialization
  10. Extend tax rebates to taxpayers who install solar panels, buy hybrid cars and choose energy efficient appliances
  11. Place a volt meter in every store that sells TVs, home theaters and other electronics so that customers can measure their energy use before they buy
  12. Use public transportation – or better yet, walk or ride a bike in a dedicated lane free from the hazards of automobile traffic
  13. Eliminate plastic bags from all retail stores, encouraging shoppers to bring reusable bags
  14. For businesses: appoint a Chief Sustainability Officer
  15. Make Earth Day a national holiday

“Our wish list is optimistic, but it’s also realistic,” said Erb Institute Managing Director Rick Bunch. “For a decade and a half, Erb Institute faculty, students and alumni have not only seen and studied, but also helped create and implement the changes business must make to support ‘green’ growth. We look to the next 15 years with confidence that tremendous progress will continue to be made.”

About the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Created in 1996, the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a 50-50 partnership between the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The Institute fosters professional education, public outreach and scientific scholarship supportive of the transition to sustainability – that is, meeting the fundamental needs of a growing human population in an equitable manner within the means of nature. Utilizing a collaborative approach, the Institute helps business, government and civil society organizations to achieve meaningful progress toward sustainability. Its mission is to be a premier source of knowledge and leadership for the achievement of environmentally, economically and socially sustainable development and enterprise. For more information, visit http://www.erb.umich.edu.

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