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  Building Green for
the Future: Case
Studies of Sustainable
Development in Michigan

Erb Students Receive Top Honors from American Society of Landscape Architects

7/12/2005 --
Award-winning handbook will encourage green and sustainable development in Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Two MBA students from the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan won first place in the communication division of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) graduate student competition and one of three awards of excellence.

Aaron Harris, MBA '06 and Bryan Magnus, MBA '05, along with Allyson Pumphrey and Zeb Acuff of the University's School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE), were recognized for their project, "Building Green for the Future: Case Studies of Sustainable Development in Michigan."

The 108-page full-color handbook is intended to demystify "green" development practices for real estate developers, design professionals, and local and state policymakers. It includes 11 case studies of sustainable development projects in Michigan that represent residential, institutional, commercial and educational facilities, and demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of sustainable green development.

Magnus said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality already had a "green" toolkit for developers and suggested the team create a Michigan handbook showing the possibilities in this area and the benefits that developers and owners see by pursuing green.

"The project took on many shapes and sizes for the first 10 months and we really only firmed up the plan in December and began writing it in January. Some team members had to drop classes so that they could focus more on writing under the condensed time frame," he said.

The students, along with adviser Larissa Larsen, assistant professor of natural resources and environment at SNRE, will receive their award at the ASLA presentation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 10.

The Erb Institute creates and disseminates leading-edge knowledge in the area of global sustainable enterprise. Its mission is to be a premier source of knowledge and leadership for the achievement of ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development and enterprise.

SNRE's overarching objective is to contribute to the protection of the earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.

To view an online version of the handbook go to
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For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone:(734) 936-8421