Author: Taylor Trapani (Taylor Trapani)

May 16, 2022May 17, 2022
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A Transformational Decision

The EFF Board of Trustees recently determined that it is in the best interest of the Foundation, its stakeholders, partners, and the community for our organization to transition from an ongoing, perpetual foundation to one that has a planned, spend-down approach over the next 12+ years. This transformational decision follows a detailed analysis and assessment...

May 5, 2022May 5, 2022
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Erb Institute Webinar: John Erb & Next Generation Sustainability Leaders

On April 14th, 2022, John Erb joined a panel of next generation sustainability leaders at the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute. He talked about his parents’ legacy and their desire to train students in sustainability, and he challenged the students to work at a business and make sustainability changes from the inside. Watch...

Systems Change Is Harder Than It Looks: Systems Shift May Be the Answer
May 5, 2022May 5, 2022
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Systems Change Is Harder Than It Looks: Systems Shift May Be the Answer

This article was originally published by Cutter on April 26, 2022. By Neil Hawkins, President, Erb Family Foundation And Laura Asiala, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wholeworks All systems are perfectly designed to produce their results — even when their results are far from perfect. W. Edwards Deming observed that decades ago. Don’t like the results? Change the...

Nat Lichten Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes
April 29, 2022April 29, 2022
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Nat Lichten Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Nat Lichten to its team. Nat was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. He brings seven years of experience in watershed management, green infrastructure, and water and environmental research. Nat will work with current grantees, future applicants, and partners to help the...

Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration
January 4, 2022January 4, 2022
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Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Lyons-Richards, current operations and grants manager, has been named director of foundation administration. In this new and expanded leadership role, Mary will be accountable for overall Foundation operations and administration including human resources programs, information technology, information management, and grants management and administration. She will work with Neil...

Erb Family Foundation Awards $1M Transformational Grant to Michigan Opera Theatre
December 10, 2021December 21, 2021
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Erb Family Foundation Awards $1M Transformational Grant to Michigan Opera Theatre

Today we announced $4.9 million in new and ongoing grants during the December grant cycle. See the complete grants list here. The Foundation awarded two new transformational arts grants. One to Michigan Opera Theatre, the premier producer and presenter for opera, musical theatre, and dance in the Great Lakes Region, for $1 million to broaden audiences through...

Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment
November 1, 2021December 21, 2021
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Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Dr. Amanda Herzog to its team. Dr. Amanda Herzog was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. She brings over 10 years of experience in environmental engineering research with a background in agricultural and environmental sustainability. She will collaborate closely with our Great Lakes...