Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

The Sustainable Energy Speaker Series was created to deepen campus and community understanding of contemporary energy issues and spur conversation, reflection and collaboration around energy topics. The series is a joint effort of the Appalachian Energy Center and the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment.

Energy is fundamental to modern life, requires immensely complex social, technological and economic systems and, therefore, poses many intriguing questions - how we harness it for human use, how we prioritize its use, how we ensure equitable access, how we transition to cleaner sources, how we weigh economic and environmental impacts and so on. Our aim with this series is to give students, faculty, staff, and the community a chance to learn, engage, connect, collaborate, and gain new perspectives on energy issues.

Fall 2017 Schedule

September 18
Gregg Marland, Climate Change 1001: What, Why, How, Who? 
Plemmons Student Union, Room 417 Beacon Heights

October 16

Brian Bednar, Solar Electricity Development in the Southeast: Process and Prospects for the Future
Plemmons Student Union, Room 201B Table Rock Room

November 13

Katharine Kollins, Utility-Scale Wind Energy Development in the Southeast
Plemmons Student Union, Room 201B Table Rock Room


 Previous Speakers

September 23, 2016
Dr. Brian Southwell, Behavior Change to Reduce Home Energy Use.
Belk Library, Room 114. 
October 31, 2016
Jeffrey Tiller and Chuck Perry, Implementing Energy Conservation Policy via the North Carolina State Building Code.
Belk Library, Room 114.
January 30, 2017
David March, Managing Partner of Entropy Investment Management. Financial and Economic Analysis for Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Markets.
Belk Library, Room 114.
April 24, 2017Robin Aldina, Manager of Energy Research at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
North Carolina's Clean Energy Industry: Status and Prospects.
Belk Library, Room 114.

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The lectures are free and open to the public and student attendance will be kept should instructors be interested. Look for more speakers to be announced! Have an idea for a speaker? Email

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