AN APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL
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Best-selling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Appalachian Energy Summit, an annual gathering of progressive energy thought-leaders and innovators from 17 public institutions and seven private colleges and universities. Referred to by many as "the nation's leading environmentalist," McKibben is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. He has written over a dozen books, and is considered “the world’s best green journalist” for his features in publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic.
Following the keynote, McKibben will be joined by Amory Lovins for a lively discussion with the audience.
The 2016 Appalachian Energy Summit (AES) is the 5th annual energy leadership gathering of UNC’s 17 campuses and many colleges and universities from across the country. This one-of-a-kind event convenes academia, industry, and students in a transformational effort that is truly delivering meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit.
The Summit’s 2016 theme, “Knowledge. Collaboration. Action.” speaks to the knowledge we possess as a collective, the collaborative opportunities that exist between higher education and our valued business partners, and ultimately, the sense of urgency and action we all must embrace in this important work and its meaningful goals.