3rd Annual Clean Tech Summit

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Summit will bring together professionals in business, policy, and academia from across the state and region for two days of discussion, problem-solving, and networking to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina's clean tech industry.


  • The Internet of Things: smart cities, smart energy, smart homes, smart water, and much more
  • The energy transition in the Southeast amidst a changing landscape
  • Exploring new approaches and solutions to environmental challenges, including industry water usage, restoration projects, and innovations in transportation
  • Advancing clean tech economic growth through the power of collaboration between industry and universities
  • Innovative financing for clean tech


The Summit will include keynote addresses by clean tech industry leaders and key government officials. In addition, the Summit will feature more than a dozen panel discussions with industry, governmental, and academic leaders. These panels will consist of big-picture trends as well as in-depth explorations of factors influencing the growth of the clean tech sector.


One of the unique aspects of the Summit is the substantial student participation from UNC and other universities across North Carolina. For some students the Summit serves as an introduction to clean tech and its potential as an economic driver in our region. For other students the event serves as a springboard to internships and job opportunities. As in past years, the Summit will provide sessions specifically targeted to student attendees and potential employers. More Information

"One of the most rewarding aspects of attending the NC Clean Tech Summit was talking with the students. Their ideas and enthusiasm were energizing and I was thrilled to share my experiences and mentor future leaders in the clean tech sector."

Richard G. Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Energy and Sustainability

Connecting Today's Clean Tech Industry with the Leaders of Tomorrow.

This video follows UNC undergraduate environmental science student Amanda Gaffey as she explores the 2015 NC Clean Tech Summit held February 19-20, 2015.

Featured Speakers

Energy Thought Leaders

Jay Faison

Jay Faison
Founder and Managing Partner, ClearPath Foundation

Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes
CEO, First Solar

North Carolina Elected Officials

Tim Moore

The Honorable Tim Moore
Speaker, NC House of Representatives

Janet Cowell

The Honorable Janet Cowell
State Treasurer of North Carolina

Innovation Experts

Andrew Clinton

Andrew Clinton
Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting

Rob Glass

Rob Glass
Vice President of Technology, CREE

Sustainability Leaders

Jon Radtke

Jon Radtke
Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola North America

Jennifer Vervier

Jennifer Vervier
Director of Strategy and Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing

Clean Tech Finance Specialists

Henrik Holland

Henrik Holland
Venture Principal, Shell Technology Ventures

Truman Semans

Truman Semans
CEO, Element Capital Advisors

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors:

Summit Sponsor

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States,
supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers.

Platinum Sponsors

Wells Fargo is a provider of banking, mortgage, investing, credit card, insurance, and consumer and commercial financial services.

Gold Sponsors

Birdseye Renewable Energy provides turn-key financing, development, and operation of commercial and utility scale renewable energy
Capstrat is a strategic communications firm offering interactive, marketing communications, public affairs and public relations.
Element  helps clients optimize performance of investments in both financial returns and sustainability impact through analytics and advice.
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster: Our members are inventing and deploying smart transportation, water technologies, and grid solutions.
Southern Company's regulated electric utilities serve a 120,000-square-mile territory in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Our competitive generation business extends to markets in six southeastern states.
Strata Solar is a turn-key solar provider.  With over 300 MW installed and more
than a gigawatt under development ��� Strata Solar ranks among the top solar providers in America.

Silver Sponsors

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve
performance while lowering environmental impact.
First Solar
Lee-Moore Capital Company
Restoration Systems, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

O2 Energies