Building Thriving, Sustainable Cities Is Subject of UNC Symposium

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Examining factors that create healthy and innovative communities where people and businesses thrive will be the focus of the April 2-3 event.

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Examining the factors that create healthy and innovative communities where people and businesses thrive will be the focus of a symposium hosted by the University of North Carolina April 2-3.

Entitled “The Story of Cities: Global and Local Perspectives on the Quest for Thriving and Sustainable Communities,” the symposium will include a documentary viewing, a keynote address, discussions and networking among practitioners, scholars, students and community members.

“How can we intentionally create cities that foster the well-being of people and economies? Answering that question and examining the social and environmental sustainability challenges will be the focus of the symposium,” said Carol Hee, director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Lessons will be drawn from innovative models from around the world: Mumbai, Dubai, Shanghai, The Hague and Durham, N.C.

The documentary “The Cola Road” will be shown April 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill. Director Claire Ward and Lisa Jones, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, will lead a discussion after the viewing.

The symposium will continue at the FedEx Global Education Center on April 3. Events include:

  •     A session on “Cross-Atlantic Lessons in Sustainable Communities” with a presentation by UNC students and Elizabeth Shay, research assistant professor at the UNC Institute for the Environment and director of the Sustainable Triangle Field Site
  •     A keynote address by Daniel Brook, author of "A History of Future Cities"
  •     A panel discussion with Cor Rademaker, President, STRATEQ, smart city design consultancy, The Netherlands; Matthew Coppedge, chief operating officer and director of marketing and communications, Downtown Durham, Inc.; and Daniel Rodríguez, director of the Carolina Transportation Program, professor in City and Regional Planning and adjunct professor of epidemiology

The symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information and to register, go to

It is presented by the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Institute for the Environment, Center for European Studies & European Union Center of Excellence, African Studies Center, Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Department of City and Regional Planning. It is partially supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Education.


About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online [email protected], UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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