CHAPEL HILL – This week, UNC-Chapel Hill’s seventh annual Clean Tech Summit will convene hundreds of students, faculty and staff members, professionals, executives and government representatives—all passionate about the future of the clean energy industry.
The event features two days of panels, keynotes and workshops covering innovation in the clean energy industry. Co-hosted by UNC’s Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler Business School, the summit will take place this Thursday and Friday, February 20-21, at The Friday Center on campus.
UNC Institute for the Environment Project Manager Kiersten Williams says the Clean Tech Summit has grown each year since its start in 2014. Williams anticipates a turnout of 1,000 attendees for this year’s program.
The overarching theme of the program is “Innovating to a Clean Economy,” which encompasses several sub-topics: Circular economy, regenerative agriculture, smart cities, transportation, energy management, future of energy, coastal resiliency and blue tech.
Within these topics are dozens of breakout sessions with over 100 speakers across academia, venture capital, nonprofits, corporations, startups, and city, county and state government. There will also be two workshops on Thursday, covering diversity in clean energy and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.