The University of North Carolina Greensboro cordially invites you to attend the eighth annual Mid-year Appalachian Energy Summit – AMY for short! This one-day event will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Elliott University Center on the UNCG campus.

The Mid-year Summit brings together students, faculty, and leaders in academia and business to exchange ideas, share best practices in support of a clean energy economy, and catch up on important developments between the three-day, summer summits.. Since 2012, the Summit has provided a platform through which UNC System campuses have worked together to avoid more than $800 million in utility costs, representing almost 9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. All campus and community members are invited to mark their morning calendar for exciting speakers and stay for the networking lunch.

Examples of past speakers and agendas for both the summer and mid-year summits can be found here.

UNCG faculty considering the summit as extra credit for Spring courses are encouraged to contact the Sustainability Office with any questions.


Speakers announced!

Mr. Charles Schwarze, Director,  REPREVE Recycled Business, Unifi

Charlie leads the North American Recycling Business for Unifi and product manages Unifi’s REPREVE brand of recycled fibers and polymers. Prior to joining Unifi, he directed sustainability efforts for Amcor, with a focus on North American recycling programs and use of recycled content in Amcor’s plastic packaging.  Charlie holds degrees in engineering, business, and environmental science from the University of Michigan and is focused on improving recycling rates, consumer recycling awareness, and reducing the environmental and social footprint of Unifi’s products.


Mr. Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability, VF Jeanswear, Workwear, CASA

Roian Atwood is the Director of Sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans. Atwood leads brand sustainability strategy, engages suppliers globally to drive greater social and environmental performance, and works cross functionally with product development and marketing to create more sustainable products and share brand relevant stories.

With fifteen years’ experience in footwear & apparel sustainability, Roian has a track record of managing a diverse set of projects and leading teams into an action-oriented, results driven approach to corporate sustainability.

Atwood’s undergraduate work was in Complex Systems at Naropa University, and he holds a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.


Dr. Wenliang Li, Assistant Professor, UNCG Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

Wenliang (Will) Li, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He received his Ph.D. degree in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 and finished his Postdoc at the Iowa State University in 2018. Dr. Li’s teaching and research are in the areas of geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and building energy use. His publications appeared in prestigious journals, such as ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Energy, Building and Environment.


Jeremy Tarr is the policy adviser on energy, environment, transportation and natural resources in the Office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. He previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. Before joining the Nicholas Institute, Jeremy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson at the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Jeremy is a graduate of Davidson College and UNC School of Law.



Careers in Sustainability Panel


A great opportunity for students to hear from professionals in various industries who think about sustainability every day in their work. They will discuss career paths that you may find interesting.

This event is for students only. Seating is limited. Register via Handshake or e-mail Megan Walters:

Q&A Panel Discussion, 1:15 – 2:00
Networking Mixer with light refreshments, 2:00 – 2:45


Tori Carle, GSO Waste Reduction Supervisor
James Allred, Assistant Vice President, Bankruptcy Specialist II at Bank of America
Daniel Smith, environmental lawyer and Chair of Greensboro Beautiful