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Earth Month ended with our 2023 UNC Sustainability Awards, a wonderful celebration of North Carolina businesses, alumni and students who all work to take initiative through innovative products or practices that have a positive impact for people and the planet. Our undergraduate and graduate students determine who wins our business awards by researching North Carolina businesses, nominating them and then voting to determine the winner.

You are invited to join us for the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability’s (ACES) annual 2023 UNC Sustainability Awards gala on April 28 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The gala is a fun and social event that celebrates our local sustainability community (you!), companies nominated for the awards, our sustainability alumni and our students!


March 2023

ACES will host the 2023 UNC Sustainability Awards gala on April 28 above the Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium. MBA students graduating with the concentration in Sustainable Enterprise will also be celebrated.


February 2023

The 2023 LIFT Challenge came to an exciting conclusion on Saturday, February 11, with team Hempact Collective taking home the top prize of $10,000.


January 2023

Happy New Year from the ACES Team! We look forward to an action-packed Spring semester with some of our favorite events including the LIFT Challenge, the 2023 Cleantech Summit, the first ACES Roundtable as well as our 2023 Sustainability Awards.


December 2022

The ACES team wishes you a wonderful holiday season!


November 2022

UNC Chapel Hill’s Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) would like your help to promote our FREE global challenge to students in your area who work with you and your company and from any other alma maters you may have. We will provide you with everything you need: a template email and a flyer, which also has a list of projects by last year’s finalists. All you need to do is email or call the students and/or schools you know to offer them the opportunity to form a team.


October 2022

ACES is proud to support the 2022 Careers with Impact Forum—Making your Mark! The event is open to the public and will highlight business innovators who have advocated for sustainable change and made an impact within their organization. It will be held at UNC Kenan-Flagler in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 28, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. The day will conclude with a keynote by Jim Geike, Partner at One Better Ventures.


September 2022

Help us grow and strengthen our connection to you by completing our “Engage with ACES” form. We want you to join us, share how we can support you, and lend your expertise to work with our students, as well as faculty and staff, to drive responsible thought leadership and inspired action to accelerate progress in social and environmental sustainability. We have many opportunities for you to deepen your engagement with ACES.


August 2022

The Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) expands our 20+ years of sustainability coursework for MBA students as Sustainable Enterprise becomes a full concentration.


July 2022

We are thrilled to be joined in our work this summer by 11 amazing student interns. The interns are divided into two teams: the Communications, Marketing and Multimedia team and the Finance and Investment team. Future newsletters will feature their work.


June 2022

From May 16-20, 2022 the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) hosted BLiS (Business Leaders in Sustainability) summer interns and ambassadors for a sustainability orientation experience in Asheville, NC to engage both local alumni and other professionals in our work. They took a deep dive into sustainability as they explored Asheville. Learn more about our amazing BLiS participants and their orientation experience in the story map story map they created.