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John Ehrmann

EVENT: Erb Institute and CEMP Host Environmental Expert April 14

4/11/2005 --

Alumnus John Ehrmann will address ecosystem change and its affect on global business, public policy and sustainability.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—John Ehrmann, Ph.D. '97 and co-founder and senior partner of the Meridian Institute, will speak at 5:30 p.m. April 14 in room 1040 of the Dana Building at the School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan.

The event is sponsored by the Ross School's Erb Environmental Management Institute and the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP) Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public.

In his talk, "Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Threats and Opportunities," Ehrmann will discuss the development and findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and its implications for global business, public policy and sustainability.

MA is an international program focused on collecting scientific information on the consequences of ecosystem change, like the affect of global warming on agriculture. The program's findings will help policy makers and the public make informed choices.

Ehrmann is a highly skilled and sought-after facilitator. He has pioneered the use of collaborative processes for two decades, using it for everything from conflict resolution to creative processes like organizational planning for the future. His work has focused on the environment, natural resources issues and the economic and social challenges associated with developing sustainable practices for communities and industries.

Ehrmann also works to promote the use of collaborative decision making, lecturing and publishing numerous articles on collaborative decisions in public policy issues. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wyoming where he teaches collaborative problem solving, dispute resolution and natural resource and environmental decision making. He received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from SNRE.

The Erb Institute was created to study the roles and relationships among businesses, governments and not-for-profit organizations as they interact and affect the environment. It is jointly administered by the Ross School and SNRE. CEMP is a three-year program in which students earn two master's degrees, one from each school.

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For more information on MA, please visit

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421