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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.

Each month, we will spotlight a member of the ACES family to learn about their passions, how they are connected to the Center and how their work with ACES has helped them create a bigger impact through our collaboration.


Thanks for Giving!

Whether you give of your time and energy or financially, we appreciate your support! There are lots of ways to engage and be involved with ACES and sustainability at UNC Kenan-Flagler.


Engage with ACES

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.

A key to success in sustainability is collaboration and partnership. Covering all industries and functions, we all need to collaborate in the pursuit of the triple bottom line and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. As we continue to engage with students across campus to achieve our mission, we are pleased to share how we are collaborating from Fordham to Franklin Street.

The Undergraduate Business Program added a new prerequisite course for undergraduate students applying to Kenan-Flagler Business School. The course is organized using some important tenets of sustainability: People, Planet, Profit and Purpose.

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.

LIFT challenges undergraduate and graduate student teams to create blended finance and impact investing strategies for sustainability solutions that will drive social equity and economic mobility. But what is blended finance?

As students return to Chapel Hill for the 2022-23 academic year, the ACES team (faculty, staff and our amazing summer interns) has been hard at work planning so that we can support the growing interest of Carolina’s undergraduates in sustainable business.

Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) faculty director Dr. Olga Hawn received a full-time MBA All Stars Teaching Award for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School has received an estate gift valued at $11 million from the late Charles S. Ackerman (BSBA ’55).

A group of 24 undergraduate business students trekked to Montréal, Québec over spring break for a Global Immersion Elective (GIE) to study sustainability and business with Jeff Mittelstadt.