Leadership for Good

The Appalachian Energy Summit and Team Sunergy
Friday, July 27, 2018

On Monday, July 30, some of the brightest minds in the energy arena from academia and industry will gather on our campus for the seventh annual Appalachian Energy Summit.

“Leadership for Good” is the theme of this year’s summit. The leadership of the attendees — groups of students, teachers and industry leaders have convened twice each year since 2012 — has resulted in an extraordinary reduction in energy use across the UNC System. To date, more than $499 million in energy costs to the citizens of our state have been avoided, with a projected savings of $1 billion by 2020 and $2 billion by 2025.

Because of this group’s collective effort, Appalachian’s 2016–17 energy reductions could power 2,160 average North Carolina homes for a year. Our reduced water usage would fill 8 million standard-size bathtubs. Leadership? Yes!

Our solar vehicle team also takes its leadership role seriously and is working to change the future of transportation. Team Sunergy recently overcame amazing odds and secured podium positions in both the American Solar Challenge (ASC) and the Formula Sun Grand Prix.

The team’s Cruiser Class car is a prototype of a road-ready automobile most would be eager to drive. And drive it they did — some 1,700 miles across a portion of the Oregon Trail for the ASC.

I am proud to be part of the Appalachian Community — people who live like they mean it. So many of our faculty, staff and students are intentional about their commitment to protecting the resources we have and securing a better future for us all.

Leadership for good! It’s definitely the Mountaineer way.

/s/ Sheri Everts

Sheri Everts, Chancellor