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Institute for the Environment Director Larry Band. Photo credit: University of North Carolina

Energy business professionals, policymakers, local leaders, and academics from across the state will gather in Chapel Hill for the second annual NC Clean Tech Summit, February 19 and 20 at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

The event, hosted by UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, will feature panels on innovations and emerging technologies, and will provide a forum to discuss challenges and trends in the industry. Retired four-star general and former presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark will deliver the event’s keynote address, following a discussion on the military’s role in driving renewable energy.

The summit agenda also includes a keynote panel on “Adapting to a Changing Industry: A View from the Utilities” featuring perspectives from the chief executives of Duke Energy, Southern Company, and Tennessee Valley Authority. Other areas of focus will look at smart cities and the adaptation of new technologies to build strong communities and sustainable growth. For the rising generation of energy leaders, UNC students and other university attendees are invited to participate in breakout sessions highlighting careers in clean technology and renewable energy, as well as graduate opportunities in these areas.

Registration information and the full agenda are available on the summit website.