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Sustainability and Innovation Symposium

The Global Business Center and UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise partner with other leading centers at UNC to host an annual symposium focused on entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to complex challenges facing the world today.

Renowned speakers examine such topics as poverty, climate change, food crises, energy costs and health care access with an eye toward innovation that promotes sustainable business development.

2014 Symposium: "The Story of Cities"


Experts in city and regional planning, environment and business will convene April 4, 2014, for the fourth annual Sustainability and Innovation Symposium, focused on best practices in sustainable development.

"Building Thriving Communities: Best Practices from Around the World," will explore factors that create healthy and innovative communities and share examples of communities that are thriving.

The event is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Learn more or register at www.gbc.unc.edu/SustainabilitySymposium.


2013 Symposium: "Water and Energy in the Crosshairs"

2013 Symposium: “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs”

Local and global experts explored key issues related to water and energy in the 2013 symposium, hosted by GBC, UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, African Studies Center and UNC Institute for the Environment.

Faculty, students, business and civic leaders, and community members examined global issues of importance to human and ecological peace, health and well-being. Presenters offered innovative solutions and shared best practices.

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Watch the opening keynote by Christian Parenti, Author of Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence!

Watch the closing keynote by Ted Howes, Chair of The World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption!


2012 Symposium: "Shared Tables"

2012 Symposium:  “Shared Tables”

A Triangle Symposium on Global and Local Food Studies convened local and global experts in February 2012 to explore key issues related to food studies.

GBC and UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise co-hosted the 2012 symposium with Triangle University Food Studies and UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.


2011 Symposium: "Microfranchising & Global Poverty"

Three prominent experts discussed global micro-franchising as an innovative model for alleviating poverty in February 2011.

GBC and UNC Center for Sustainable Enterprise co-hosted the 2011 symposium with the UNC Institute for the Environment, African Studies Center, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas and Carolina Microfinance Initiative.

This program is supported by a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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