UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


April symposium explores innovations that create sustainable global communities


Business, academic, government and nonprofit experts in sustainable planning, environment and business will gather April 4 in Chapel Hill to discuss innovations that create sustainable global communities.

“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. Registration will begin February 17.

“We are witnessing seismic shifts in the way people live, work, play and connect, driven by such factors as globalization, rapid urbanization, technology advances and climate concerns,” said Carol Hee, director of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, who is coordinating the symposium.

“Our goal is to bring together best minds and innovators from business, government, academia and nonprofits to share their knowledge, stimulate conversation and inspire innovation in community building,” she said.

The April event is the fourth annual Sustainability and Innovation Symposium hosted by the CSE in collaboration with UNC’s Global Business Center, Institute for the Environment, African Studies Center, Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Euroasian, and East European Studies. The series focuses on major issues of sustainability that face the planet. Past symposia focused on issues of energy and water, food security and microfranchising.

Panel discussions at the community building symposium will focus on challenges and strategies for:

  • Building connected communities.
  • Fostering economic revitalization.
  • Ensuring broad economic opportunity.
  • Sustaining vibrancy in post-industrial cities.
  • Planning for sustainable mega-cities in emerging market.

For more information, visit www.gbc.unc.edu/SustainabilitySymposium or contact Hee at (919) 962-3785 or Carol_Hee@kenan-flagler.unc.edu.