The Third Annual Sustainability in Global Contexts Symposium will focus on the topic “Water and Energy in the Crosshairs: Collisions and Synergies.”
It kicks off Feb. 6 with a screening of the documentary “Switch: The Future of Energy” at the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion with energy industry representatives.
On Thursday evening, Feb. 7, there will be a keynote address by Christian Parenti, author of “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.”
On Friday, Feb. 8, the water-energy nexus will be examined, first, through a panel that focuses on water implications of renewable and traditional sources of energy; and, second, through a panel of business leaders from energy- and water-intensive industries, who will speak about their water and energy sustainability efforts.
This symposium is a pan-university collaboration between the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Center for International Business Education and Research and UNC’s Center for European Studies; Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European Studies; African Studies Center and Institute for the Environment supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union.
Participants in the symposium will include business, academic, community and philanthropic leaders as well as undergraduate and graduate students.