UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC to host symposium on water and energy


The University of North Carolina will host a symposium on “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs: Collisions and Synergies” Feb. 6-8.

Local and global experts will explore key issues related to water and energy, and present potential solutions and best practices about issues like climate change and water.

The event kicks off Feb. 6 with a screening of the documentary “Switch-The Future of Energy” at the Varsity on Franklin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion with energy industry representatives. 

On Feb. 7 Christian Parenti, author of Topic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, willdiscuss the effects of the loss of biodiversity at 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center.

The symposium will resume Feb. 8 at the Kenan Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School from 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. It will include panel presentations on water-energy production and consumption, a discussion of Germany’s renewable energy policy, and an address about sustainable consumption and the power of individual behavior by Ted Howes of the World Economic Forum.

This symposium is a pan-university collaboration between UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise Center for International Business Education and Research, and UNC’s Center for European StudiesCenter for Slavic, Eurasian & East European StudiesAfrican Studies Center and the Institute for the Environment. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union, the event is the third in a four-part series on global sustainability.

All events are free. To register and get more information, visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/sustainability-symposium/.


Symposium contact: Erica Edwards, eedwards@email.unc.edu 919-962-6765
Media contact: Allison Adams, aadams@unc.edu, 919-962-7235