Inaugural Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Put your "Green" thinking caps back on for the University's Inaugural Sustainability Summit. This year's summit will include workshops, break-out rooms and discussions led by local experts on a variety of local sustainability issues, with keynote remarks at the opening and closing session. The virtual event on Saturday, Dec. 5, is open to all students and employees and sponsored by the Student Government Association. 


10:00 a.m. – Welcome
10:05 a.m. – Guest Speaker No. 1 (Opening Speech)
10:20 a.m. – Mike Lizotte, Sustainability at UNC Charlotte: Long-term and short-term University Goals
10:45 a.m. – Guest Speaker No. 2
11:00 a.m. – Guest Speaker No. 3 
11:15 a.m. – Break Out Sessions

  • Session A: Opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. Help us explore ideas to study waste produced by athletic activities, herbicide use on playing fields, and learn about Plogging.
  • Session B: Improving Food and Dining. Discuss ways to reduce wasted food and single-use takeout items, address hunger in student populations, and provide healthy options.
  • Session C: Campus as Home. How can our campus meet the needs of students who want to live lighter? Join us to consider composting, recycling, and transportation options for campus residents.
  • Session D: Green Building. As the University continues its rapid growth and construction of new buildings, it is important that we do so in a sustainable way. When it comes to designing smarter and more efficient buildings, planning for alternative modes of transportation, or upgrading older inefficient buildings, how can we have to be consistent and use proven best practices?
  • Session E: Pantry and Community Service. Cause-driven volunteer programs are an excellent way to support something meaningful and have a big impact on your communities. Discuss philanthropic opportunities or projects you can be a part of.
  • Session F: Environmental Consciousness. As stakeholders of the university, it is our job to reduce our impact on the environment of our community. Join to discuss ways to discourage wasteful habits and increase green thinking culture at UNC Charlotte.

12:00 p.m. – Lunch break (Social or on your own))
12:30 p.m. – Sub-Committee Reports
  1:15 p.m. – Questions and Comments
  1:30 p.m. – Social half-hour  (Games/Break-out rooms/More sustainability talks with experts )
  2:00 p.m. – Adjournment

For more information about how to join, visit the Events Calendar