Highlights from KIETS Climate Leaders Program Fall 2023 Symposium

KIETS Climate Leaders Program Fall 2023 Symposium on Sept. 28-29, 2023 at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus offered a comprehensive exploration of climate challenges and the pursuit of mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The symposium featured a diverse panel of distinguished presenters who shared their expertise on climate science and policy. Additionally, poster presentations illuminated innovative research.

Lonnie G. Johnson, president and founder of Johnson Research and Development Co. Inc. and inventor of the Super Soaker, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Johnson shared his efforts around entrepreneurship, research and development of clean energy technologies. He also gave his perspective on how the approaches to and conversations around energy have changed and advice for pursuing one’s dreams and making an impact.

Ariana Eily, a Biology lecturer at Elon University, kicked off day two with a presentation on the value of art serving as a tool to connect science and society, while providing action items for people wanting to begin or continue with the process.

Breakout sessions explored clean energy options, energy actions, carbon and climate, Climate Leaders Program Lightning Talks, food and climate, and adaptation to extreme weather.

Thanks to all of our speakers, panelists, and attendees. Special thanks to the N.C. State University Sustainability Fund and the R.L. Rabb Science and Society Symposia. Due to their generous support, there was no cost for attendance.

Download the full agenda for a complete summary of session topics and speakers.