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Erb Institute Provides Benchmark for New U-M Sustainability Initiative

12/8/2005 --

Graham Institute will leverage environmental leadership of the Ross School.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Stephen M. Ross School of Business is one of seven University of Michigan schools involved in a $10.5 million sustainability initiative created to advance the University's position as a global academic leader in this critical area of research and teaching.

The Graham Environmental Institute is being launched with a $5.25 million gift from the Graham Foundation, established by Donald and Ingrid Graham of York, Penn. The Office of the Provost will provide an additional $5.25 million.

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, a partnership of the Ross School and School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), is the model for the new institute, according to Andrew J. Hoffman, the Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and co-director of the Erb Institute. "It's initiatives like the Erb and Graham institutes that make Michigan special," Hoffman said.

The Graham Institute will focus on five crucial areas of sustainability—energy, freshwater systems, human health and its link to the changing environment, global change and biodiversity, and infrastructure and manufacturing systems. More than 300 U-M faculty members from the Ross School, SNRE, College of Engineering, School of Public Health, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, A. Alfred Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy are involved.

Graham earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from U-M in 1955 and a master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1956. He founded Graham Engineering Co. in 1960. The Graham Group's holdings include industrial businesses operating out of roughly 60 locations worldwide, and significant private equity and marketable security investments. He serves as chair of the board of trustees of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Kenya, which addresses ranch and wildlife conservancy, among other issues.

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