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Renewable Energy and the Wild Wild West

On Tuesday, five UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA candidates traveled to Washington, DC for Novogradac’s annual Renewable Energy Finance Conference.  I’ve wanted to transition into the renewable energy space for quite some time; however, during my experience at business school, I have learned just how important finance is to getting renewable projects off of the ground.  With this in mind, I was excited to get my finger on the pulse of renewable energy finance on Capitol Hill. The conference was both informative and social.  I learned about the current tax credit options available and made a couple of leads that could turn into internship opportunities this summer. The general sense of the conference was that the rules of renewable energy finance change Read More

Defining Energy Independence and Causes of Global Warming

On  Oct. 30th, Brett Carter, the President of Duke Energy – Carolinas, visited UNC Kenan-Flagler for a discussion with MBA candidates around Duke Energy’s role regarding climate change. Carter was an excellent presenter, and while I disagree with some of his positions, he guided the conversation in an incredibly skilled, productive manner. Before digging into Duke Energy’s strategies to mitigate climate change, he raised the question, “How do we define energy independence?”  One student proposed that it means the ability for America to generate all of its energy within its own borders.  Another student expanded the definition to mean the freedom to generate energy.  To me, the second definition is a more plausible scenario; however, it sounds more like energy Read More

Sustainability Forum

On Friday, October 23, KFBS hosted the 8th Annual Careers in Sustainability Forum.  The forum consisted of a series of panels around numerous types of functional roles in the world of sustainability.  Each panel consisted of roughly six practitioners.  The roles covered by panels included: •    Renewable Energy •    Green Building •    Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital •    Sustainabiltiy Consulting •    Corporate Social Responsibility It was especially encouraging to see that individuals can impact environmental and social bottom lines in a host of different roles.  In other words, it is possible to get the type of job you want, and have it be sustainably focused too.  This is a hopeful proposition for anyone entering the sustainability focused. Joel Thomas (Class of Read More