By Ken Keuffel
The sixth Appalachian Energy Summit will take place July 10-12 at Appalachian State University, focusing on a theme called “Perspectives: Policy & Practice.” More than 500 people are expected to participate – including 100 select students from UNC system institutions and other state institutions and private colleges.
Students will have numerous opportunities to present their work, exchange ideas and network with potential employers. More than 30 will present their energy-related ideas on posters as part of the summit's poster competition, having been chosen by summit organizers. Winners of the competition will receive a nominal cash prize.
Additionally, students will compete for the chance to serve as a highlight speaker on policy, sustainability or implementation ideas. The audience consists of all the summit’s attendees, affording students high visibility with potential employers and educators.
As the initiator and host of the summit, Appalachian has assumed a leadership role in reducing the UNC system’s energy costs. Since 2012, its inaugural year, the summit has provided a platform through which UNC campuses together with industry partners have avoided more than $499 million dollars in utility costs, representing almost 9 billion pounds of CO2 emissions.
Student attendees are encouraged to build on this progress by implementing clean energy initiatives on their respective campuses.
Here is a sampling of the student research to be presented:
Lucy Baron, a 2017 graduate of Appalachian State University, will present a poster on a water purification system at the 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit. Photo by Elliot Baron
Benjamin Hauck, a German exchange student at UNC Charlotte, will present a student poster on ways to ensure benefits of PV systems during the 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit.
“I think this summit is a great opportunity for us to learn from each other.”
– Benjamin Hauck, a German exchange student at UNC Charlotte