Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

About the Sustainable Energy Speaker Series

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

We have put the Speaker Series on hold for this Fall and we look forward to resuming it in the Spring, be it in-person, virtual, or a hybrid of the two!


Spring 2021

Sophie Mullinax

Sophie Mullinax, the Project Coordinator for the Blue Horizons Project, will present "The Blue Horizons Project: Community Energy Planning in Action". To be scheduled in Spring 2021.

March 15, 2021 speaker details coming soon.

April 12, 2021 speaker details coming soon.

Previous Speakers

  • Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Dionne Delli-Gatti

    Dionne Delli-Gatti, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs and Southeast Climate and Clean Energy Initiatives at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present "Promoting Clean Energy Through Community-Based Solutions" on Monday, February 3 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 420 Parkway Ballroom. 

  • Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Tommy Williamson

    Tommy Williamson, Utilities Engineer at the NC Utilities Commission Public Staff will present "Grid Modernization and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Integration in North Carolina" on Monday, November 18 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 201A Price Lake Room. 

  • Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Ronald DiFelice

    Ronald DiFelice, Ph.D., Managing Partner at Energy Intelligence Partners will present "Near-Term and Long-Term Prospects for Grid-Scale Energy Storage"on Monday, October 21 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 137C Attic Window.  

  • Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Ryan Miller

    Ryan Miller, Founder & Executive Director for the North Carolina Building Performance Association will present "Building Energy Efficiency: The Foundation of North Carolina's Clean Energy Future" on Monday, September 23 from 4:00-5:00pm in the Plemmons Student Union, Room 201A Price Lake Room.

  • Cindy Shea

    Cindy Shea

    Sustainability Goals and Initiatives at UNC Chapel Hill

  • Maria Kingery

    Maria Kingery

    Her life on the "solar coaster"

  • Lisa Poger

    Lisa Poger

    Electric Vehicle Strategies for Electric Utilities

  • Landon Williams

    Landon Williams

    Duke Energy: Utility Initiatives for a Low Carbon Future

  • Sean Hayes

    Sean Hayes

    The Oberlin Project: Achieving Community-Scale Sustainability

  • Bill Pfleger

    Bill Pfleger

    The New Energy Landscape: Microgrid Trends & Future Directions