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Invitation to Celebrate Sustainability and Business in the Triangle on April 28!


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! This reception provides an opportunity for innovators to share stories while we enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres (with vegan and vegetarian options), beer, wine and a signature non-alcoholic beverage. Please register by April 14.


The UNC Sustainability Awards recognize leadership and best practice for three winners: A North Carolina company that demonstrates innovation, initiative and impact in sustainability, and (new this year) an entrepreneurial business that also demonstrates excellence in sustainability, as well as a Distinguished UNC Alumnus in Sustainability. We will announce the winners live at the event and will also honor our MBA students graduating with the Sustainable Enterprise concentration.


As part of the celebration, you are also invited to our Student-Athlete Sustainability Initiative showcase featuring speakers working at the intersection of sustainability and sports including Bennett Wetch, Sr. Director of Sustainability Analytics at Nike, and John Hwang, CEO of PLANLED. The showcase also takes place on April 28 in the same location, from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Registrants will also enter the sweepstakes for a baseball signed by Mariano Rivera! Mariano will not be able to join us in person, but is part of the PLANLED team.



$40 for access to both events, but you can join us for however long you are able.


Want a larger presence because of your leadership in Sustainability?

You can reserve a table for your company/group in the registration link by choosing TABLE – UNC Sustainability Awards and SASI Showcase.


Sponsor the event

Want to sponsor the event to support student attendance and build awareness throughout the business community? Please email us:



Friday, April 28
2:30 – 4:30 PM: Student Athlete Sustainability Initiative Showcase
5:00 – 7:00 PM: ACES’ UNC Sustainability Awards



The Concourse Club at Kenan Memorial Stadium (the football stadium), in the heart of campus.
3rd Floor of the Loudermilk Center for Excellence, 104 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Parking is available at the nearby Rams Head Parking Deck.


Contact Us › Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability


UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Campus Box 3490, McColl Building
300 Kenan Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
Phone: (919) 962.1499


The Center for Sustainable Enterprise drives responsible thought leadership and inspired action to accelerate progress in social and environmental sustainability through innovative and profitable business solutions. We accomplish this by engaging with and connecting stakeholders to empower students, faculty and businesses to create impactful solutions, strengthen resiliency and identify breakthrough opportunities.


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