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“Transitioning to a low carbon economy,” 2022 UNC Cleantech Summit features in-person event, virtual career fair

February 4, 2022

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The 2022 UNC Cleantech Summit will be held in person on Mar. 29-30 at UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. In its eighth year, the Summit spotlights the latest innovations, trends and challenges in the clean technology industry and how North Carolina is playing a key role in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. This annual event has grown to one of the largest cleantech conferences by a university on the global stage and is co-hosted by the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“The Summit is a signature event for the University,” said Mike Piehler, director of UNC Institute for the Environment; chief sustainability officer and special assistant to the chancellor for sustainability and professor in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences. “It is a wonderful celebration of the advances we are making around clean technology that attracts regional, national and international participants.  I am particularly excited about the continued movement toward ocean activities, with a new track this year focused on offshore wind and maritime shipping.”

This year’s Summit, “Transitioning to a low carbon economy,” will feature 42+ panel sessions, keynote presentations, workshops, a virtual career fair, and the return of the popular Mentor Match program. All programming will be in-person with the exception of the virtual career fair and kick-off Solar Decathlon workshop. View the complete agenda and speaker line-up for more details.

This two-day event will include seven tracks for attendees to choose from including

Green Hydrogen for a Carbon-free Economy, The Off-Shore Energy Revolution, The Global Energy Transition, Green Finance: Investing in Our Future, Weaving a Sustainable Future through Textile Innovations, The Rise of Alternative Proteins, and Moving Cities Forward Through Innovative Designs.

Registration is now open and an early bird rate is available through Feb. 12.

The UNC Cleantech Summit convenes nearly 1,000 students, business professionals, international speakers, policy members, and academics for two days of engagement to foster leadership, share new ideas, and bring growth opportunities to the Southeast’s cleantech economy and highlight the advance of clean technology across the globe. The event will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To find more cleantech content visit the Cleantech Corner, which includes a webinar and podcast series, blog posts and more.

For more information on the Summit, contact event organizers Greg Gangi, associate director for clean technology,, (919) 962-9805 or Kiersten Williams, public communications specialist,, (917) 873-3266.