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UNCW To Host Climate Change Panel

WILMINGTON – University of North Carolina Wilmington Environmental Concerns Organization and North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition are hosting a free conference 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to discuss economic and environmental impacts of and solutions for climate change to our area.

The goal of the free forum in UNCW Dobo Hall, Room 134, is to communicate the importance of the Jacobson Resolution for the city of Wilmington. It supports a North Carolina goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050 and the creation of green jobs. This plan was presented to all 50 states in the country last year by Stanford University and UC-Davis. Chatham County, near Chapel Hill, is the furthest east of the current resolution signers.

This national and local group of expert guest speakers will include energy sector professionals, UNCW professors, business leaders, and politicians. It is an opportunity to learn, to collaborate, and join other concerned area citizens.

Featured guest, retired Rear Adm. Leendert “Len” Hering U.S. Navy, is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues and recipient of Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. He joins Bill McKibben, Dr. Kyle Horton and Dr. Harvard Ayers in discussing the impending challenges southeast North Carolina faces with climate change.

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