July 18, 2014. The public is invited to attend the opening session of the third Annual Appalachian Energy Summit July 28 at Appalachian State University.
Keynote speaker Amory Lovins, chief scientist from the Rocky Mountain Institute, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center on campus. His lecture is titled “Applied Hope.” The Rocky Mountain Institute is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit think-and-do tank focused on the efficient and restorative use of the world’s resources.
A panel discussion will follow Lovins’ remarks. Panelists are Lovins, UNC System President Thomas Ross and David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College.
Lovins has been active at the nexus of energy, resources, economy, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries for over 40 years. He is widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy—especially its efficient use and sustainable supply—and a fertile innovator in integrative design and in superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles.
Appalachian is a leader in sustainable initiatives, specifically in the area of energy and renewable energy. The Appalachian Energy Summit is the annual gathering for the University of North Carolina Energy Leadership Challenge. In this initiative, campus leaders from across higher education in North Carolina share the goals to reduce energy expenditures, transform energy utilization and reduce the environmental impacts of both higher education and the entire state.
For more information, visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/energy-summit.