Appalachian Energy Summit

Save the date! The 2014 Summit will take place July 28 - 30 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

The 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit is the third annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Through this ongoing initiative, campus leaders from across higher education in North Carolina from the 17 public institutions and six private university partners are convening to share best practices.

The Opportunity: In the 2012- 2013 academic year, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system spent over $224 million on energy, or approximately $1,000 per student per year. Our financial goal is to save the state $1 billion over 20-years. During this time of restrictive budgets and necessary fiscal responsibility, higher education in North Carolina is leading the way in transforming our energy use and future.

Our Goals: Embraced at the UNC General Administration level as a system-wide initiative, our long term objectives are as follows:

    1. Educate our students to be the leaders of tomorrow through our active and demonstrative pursuit of the initiative's goals.
    2. Reduce and stabilize the university's average annual energy expenditures, currently equaling $1,000 per student. Target costs associated with the university's rising annual $226 million expenditure on energy. Focus on initiatives that will cumulatively save the university system in excess of $1 billion over 20 years.
    3. Transform and stimulate the North Carolina economy through the support of Green Energy business infrastructure, creating jobs in the new energy economy.
    4. Position the University of North Carolina system and our Private university colleagues as national leaders in sustainability education and for reducing reliance on environmentally damaging fossil fuels.
    5. Create a culture of environmental and economic sustainability across the UNC system through administrative leadership, student involvement, curricula development, campus operations, and new partnerships between the university, its benefactors, and industry. 

The commitment and contribution towards our common goals was seen at the Mid-Year Meeting where over 200 participants gathered at N.C. A&T State University on February 25, 2014. Representatives from each of the University of North Carolina's 17 institutions and General Administration were joined by individuals from affiliates, private colleges, business partners, and non-profits.

During the 2014 Appalachian Energy Summit Mid-Year Meeting six working groups specialized teams working year-round in collaborative activities. The working groups are an opportunity for experts and participants to examine specific topics and together create solutions that will guide the Universities of North Carolina to a sustainable future. The groups met to examine the status of specific topics, strategize solutions, and share best practices.

The 2014 Mid-Year Meeting attracted 63 students who participated in the Student Leadership and Engagement working group. The student's working group was charged with envisioning how they, as students, will be engaged in campus energy and sustainability efforts and further empowered to lead.

Please see right for Working Group Documentation.

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