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The ACES Team is proud to celebrate 60 UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA students graduating with the concentration in Sustainable Enterprise this year! That represents 20% of the class, who took 7.5 credit hours or more in the sustainable enterprise curriculum.

Green Heffa Farms is a Certified B-Corporation and is minority woman-owned. They are the only B-Corp farm that has a Black woman as CEO. The plants they grow, the teas and steams they make promote and strongly tie with African and African-American cultures. The owner, Cee, organizes the W.A.S.H. conference (We Are Still Here). The conference aims to connect Black and Indigenous farmers with one another.

FlexGen provides access to clean energy at all hours including access to electricity during natural disasters, which provides more grid reliability. They recognize the value in energy storage is between the hardware (battery storage) and the software that enables it to perform. Their social impact includes creating a more reliable grid at a quicker pace by implementing utility scale and microgrid storage projects for power generation all over the world.

Bennett Wetch, UNC-CH Class of 2007, consistently mentors our students, visits our classes, speaks with faculty and helps ACES maximize our impact. Bennett exemplifies an intense dedication to his alma mater and positive sustainability impact.

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.

Please join the UNC Center for the Business of Health, Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA Healthcare Club, and the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability for the 2023 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Exchange.

In March 2023, the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability will host the inaugural ACES Roundtable, where this year’s focus will be on carbon removal. This invitation-only event will provide a unique opportunity for leaders of carbon removal companies, pioneers in an industry that is essential to averting the worst effects of climate change, to convene in a pre-competitive, Chatham House Rules discussion forum.

Join us for the largest event of its kind by a university for the 2023 UNC Cleantech Summit on March 27 and 28: Innovating to a Clean Economy. ACES and the UNC Institute for the Environment will once again host this exciting conference featuring leaders in business and the public sector for keynotes, panels and networking

The undergraduate student club Solar Equity has achieved an important milestone by receiving 501c3 status. ACES Executive Director, Jeff Mittelstadt, serves as their faculty advisor. Solar Equity’s mission is to revolutionize access to solar energy.

Each month, we 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

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

Is your company exploring how positive social and environmental impact can drive your business forward? The Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability (ACES) has created a comprehensive program for companies to engage with us on thought leadership, industry research and innovative exploration of sustainability ideas and frameworks.