Category: Blog

September 26, 2022September 26, 2022
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Building a Community with the #GreatLakes500

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the #GreatLakes500 ranking of influencers on Twitter. Published every Tuesday, the listing has come to be regarded as a go-to source for making connections, building relationships, and spreading awareness about the Great Lakes. So, what have we learned from its success in year one, and...

Why We Need to Change Detroit’s Anti-Idling Policies
July 25, 2022August 4, 2022
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Why We Need to Change Detroit’s Anti-Idling Policies

By Raquel Garcia, Executive Director, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision I moved to Southwest Detroit in 2005. A good friend drew me to the neighborhood. Every year, she would throw parties and I could hear happy music from other houses along with ice cream trucks and the excited voices of children buying ice cream treats. When...

The Erb Institute at 25: Ready for the Transformation
June 10, 2022June 10, 2022
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The Erb Institute at 25: Ready for the Transformation

Pictured above from left to right: John Erb, chair of the Erb Family Foundation, Jonathan T. Overpeck, Ph.D., dean of the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, and Thomas Gladwin, Professor Emeritus of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business during a 25th-anniversary event for the Erb Institute. By...

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...

Foundation Shares Study About Keeping Sewage Out of Rivers
January 13, 2022September 6, 2022
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Foundation Shares Study About Keeping Sewage Out of Rivers

For over 10 years, the Foundation supported programs and projects to improve Great Lakes water quality and reduce untreated combined sewer overflows, which pollute the region’s rivers and lakes. In total, the Foundation’s support for combined sewer overflow reduction efforts amounted to more than $20 million over the last decade. The Foundation recently commissioned a...

New Ranking of Great Lakes Twitter Influencers Promotes Positive Dialogue
September 13, 2021September 15, 2021
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New Ranking of Great Lakes Twitter Influencers Promotes Positive Dialogue

Launch of the #GreatLakes Top 500 Launching September 13th, the #GreatLakes top 500 ranking of influencers on Twitter will be an online community resource and business network to help promote positive dialogue and increase stewardship engagement across the entire Great Lakes Basin and beyond. Sponsored by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation...

Three Ways the Arts Help Make Metro Detroit Vibrant
July 30, 2021September 15, 2021
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Three Ways the Arts Help Make Metro Detroit Vibrant

Fred and Barbara Erb understood and valued the role that the arts played in daily life and the collective impact that artists, organizations, and audiences have on our community. Today, Erb Family Foundation works to further strengthen the sector in the Detroit area in recognition of the role it plays in creating a culturally vibrant...

We Can End Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Detroit Children
July 14, 2021December 21, 2021
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We Can End Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Detroit Children

Environmental justice is hard work – and complex – but just because we can’t do everything doesn’t mean we can’t do something. And this particular something is really, really important: lowering elevated blood lead levels in babies and children. The amount of lead in kids’ blood has decreased dramatically in the past several decades thanks...

A ‘Value Proposition Framework’ for Sustainable Development
July 14, 2021December 21, 2021
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A ‘Value Proposition Framework’ for Sustainable Development

This article was originally published by GreenBiz on July 7, 2021. By Neil Hawkins, President, Erb Family Foundation and Laura Asiala, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wholeworks Value. It’s the name of the game. Create it economically; capture it distinctively. Whatever theoretical economic framework (such as game theory or decision analysis) or business model you want to...

Four Ways Jazz Education Impacts Youth
June 10, 2021December 21, 2021
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Four Ways Jazz Education Impacts Youth

Kris Johnson has first-hand knowledge of the impact that jazz education can have on youth in metro Detroit. Over the years, he’s learned and played with each of the JazzEd Detroit partner organizations—and has returned to share his artistry and inspire students in those programs as an educator and professional jazz artist. In this video,...

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