The 2016 Mid-Year Summit will be held February 16, 2016 at UNC Pembroke.
The theme of the event is an action and results‐oriented summit. Over the course of the three‐ day agenda, invited guests will participate in a joint‐educational effort that is designed to create and execute the path to a sustainable energy future for the University. Facilitated by Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain institute, and co‐facilitated by leading North Carolina universities, this event will feature a mix of keynote addresses, educational workshops, and planning discussions that are combined with opportunities for recreation, relaxation and networking. The summit will be multi‐disciplinary in nature, combining a broad range of expertise from University faculty, staff, administrators and students alongside insightful and influential government and business thought leaders. It is envisioned that this would be a recurring event, with year‐one focusing on education and the creation of aspirational goals. These goals will be the springboard to create the cultural and organizational commitments necessary for large‐scale energy savings and sustainable energy infrastructures. At future summit events, universities will report on their collaborative efforts, strategic achievements and quantifiable tactical results. These results, savings, successes and challenges will be tracked centrally and best practices will be promoted and facilitated as appropriate. It is anticipated that those campuses who have already demonstrated successes in these areas will have the opportunity to lead by example in educating and empowering their colleagues from other North Carolina campuses. In addition to UNC institutions, select North Carolina private institutions have been targeted for inclusion into the summit and initiative. The institutions include: Catawba College, Davidson College, Duke University, Warren Wilson College, and Wake Forest University. In order to promote broad participation, the inaugural summit event will be staged free of charge to all participants. This is possible through the generosity of numerous private and industry donors. Further, this initiative has been endorsed by University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross, and he has encouraged the meaningful participation of all University campuses.
The 2015 Appalachian Energy Summit (AES), July 13 - 15, was the fourth annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. Our goal is to jumpstart a national transformative effort across higher education and with this year's attendance of more than than 425 attendees, we broadened our reach with the most diverse gathering thus far.