U-M experts available to discuss Rio sustainability conference

June 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan experts are available to discuss this week’s U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.

They include:

Arun Agrawal, professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Agrawal can discuss the politics of international development, community-based conservation, forest governance and adaptation to climate change. He coordinates the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network and is currently conducting research in East Africa and South Asia. He is attending the Rio conference and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]. More about Agrawal: www.snre.umich.edu/profile/arunagra.

Andrew Hoffman, director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. He can field questions about business strategy and sustainability, as well as the social debate over climate change and why people reject the scientific consensus. Hoffman is the Holcim Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, a position that holds joint appointments at the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He can be reached at (734) 763-9455, (617) 285-0920 (cell) or [email protected]. More about Hoffman: www.andrewhoffman.net.

Bradley Cardinale, associate professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. An ecologist, Cardinale can talk about the importance of preserving biological diversity while pursuing sustainable development. In the June 7 edition of the journal Nature, Cardinale and 16 other prominent ecologists called for renewed international efforts to curb the loss of biological diversity, which they said is compromising nature’s ability to provide goods and services essential for human well-being. He can be reached at (734) 764-9689, (734) 585-6266 (cell) or [email protected]. More about Cardinale: http://snre.umich.edu/profile/cardinale.

Sunmin Kim, a doctoral candidate at the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, is attending the Rio conference and is blogging about it at http://erb.umich.edu/erbperspective.



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