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Five alumni were honored with the University’s Distinguished Alumna/Alumnus Awards as UNC marked its 224th birthday on Thursday. University Day, the anniversary of the 1793 laying of the cornerstone of Old East, also featured an...Read More
UNC’s Earth Day celebration, to be held April 19 and 21, will feature a keynote speech by “green” building expert Greg Kats ’81 and student-led events on Polk Place.
Kats’ Earth Day talk, “Climate Change, Energy Policy and National Competitiveness. Where are We Going?”, will be at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. An informal reception, giving UNC undergraduates and others an opportunity to meet Kats, will follow.
Kats is a principal of Capital E, a clean energy technology consulting firm for Fortune 500 and public sector clients, and a senior adviser to Cherokee Investment Partners of Raleigh. He is a former director of financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and is the author of Green Office Buildings: a Practical Guide to Development.
Kats was a Morehead Scholar at UNC, majoring in English. He also holds degrees from Stanford and Princeton universities.
Earth Day events continue on April 21 with informational displays by about 20 UNC-affiliated environmental organizations on Polk Place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The displays will focus both on Earth Day and on UNC’s activities related to the environment and sustainability. That evening, bands will perform in a concert on Polk Place in honor of Earth Day.
Proceeds from the April 21 Earth Day events will be donated to the UNC Micro-credit Investment Pool, which aims to raise $50,000 to invest in micro-credit initiatives that will help foster sustainable development abroad.
Carolina’s Earth Day events are co-sponsored by UNC’s Student Government, Student Environmental Action Coalition, Carolina Environmental Program and Sustainability Office.
Kats’ speech is free to the public. Those wishing to attend are asked to make a reservation by e-mail or by calling (919) 843-7284.