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Opportunities and Challenges for Offshore Wind Development in NC

The UNC Cleantech Summit is an annual event that brings together experts and stakeholders from the clean technology and sustainability sectors to discuss the latest trends and innovations in these fields. As part of this year’s summit, I had the … Read more

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Rapidly Evolving Energy Strategies in Europe

During the recent Cleantech Summit, one panel, in particular, broadened the international boundaries: “Europe’s Rapidly Evolving Energy Strategies.” The three speakers – Victor Marcos Morell, Hardy Boeckle, and Paul Rennie, who respectively represented Spain, Germany and the UK – unanimously … Read more

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The Case for Deep-Sea Mining

At this year’s Cleantech Summit, Deep Sea Mining is on the agenda for both speakers and panelists. For many, the term “mining” often elicits fear and anger. Mine tailings and deforestation are two of the enormous planetary costs of mining … Read more


Terry Boston: His Story, Lessons for Today

As part of the IE Cleantech Corner Initiative, the UNC student group that helps develop content and speakers for the Cleantech Summit, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Terry Boston who will be speaking on many panels at this … Read more

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Environmental Solutions – Pieces Are Sorted, but How Do We Put Them Together?

Imagine you are putting jigsaw puzzle pieces together. Despite having the puzzle box photo as your key, the 5,000 pieces may drive you nuts. Contemporary environmental challenges are similar to, or even more mind-binding than, puzzling. We have the vision of a clean and equitable economy … Read more

Behind the Scenes of Clean Energy Investment – Regional Powers

Aaron Brickman thinks that North Carolina is a powerhouse of renewable innovations. Track 5 of UNC’s Cleantech Summit focuses on the development of cleantech in the Mid-Atlantic region. With North Carolina leading the way, the region is quickly attracting major … Read more


ESG Integration: Is it enough?

There is no doubt that sustainability issues are dominating today’s headlines. As the public and private sectors are increasingly recognizing the urgency of addressing the challenges raised by climate change, corporate firms, and investors are seeking to consider environmental, social, … Read more

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Paving a Path in Clean Energy with Mr. David Nenon, Supply Chain Manager for Ford Motor Company

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview one of the Cleantech panelists and a 2014 UNC-Chapel Hill alum, Mr. David Nenon, for the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Track. Mr. Nenon currently works as a supply chain manager for … Read more

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Bridging the Gaps in the Battery Supply Chain and Manufacturing Crisis

UNC’s 2023 Cleantech Summit on March 27 – 28 will feature discussions on the growing concerns around the security of our domestic supply chains and manufacturing capabilities. As echoed in several White House released statements, it is in the interests … Read more

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Talking with Sid Fowler – Law in Sustainability and More on Storage

As part of the IE Cleantech Corner Initiative, the UNC student group that helps develop content and speakers for the Cleantech Summit, I’ve been working on articulating the content that will be covered in a mini three-panel track called “Hydrogen … Read more