Energy Week

Energy Week

A week of events to increase visibility of the university’s energy use, research and opportunity to shape a clean energy future.


Friday, September 23-30, 2022

Energy Week Schedule of Events

Energy Week Solar Brunch

Friday, Sept. 23, 9 am – 12 pm, SolarSpace

The Sustainability Stewards invite you to kick off Energy Week with free waffles and smoothies, made using solar power. SolarSpace is the outdoor shade structure on the edge of Gardner Arboretum and across from Withers Hall.

Energy and Textiles

Friday, Sept. 23, 1 pm – 4 pm, Outside Talley Student Union 

Join Wolfpack Outfitters outside Talley Student Union in the Repreve mobile marketing unit as they showcase how NC State’s favorite fan gear is made using recycled plastic bottles, a process that saves both waste and energy in manufacturing by campus partners L2 Brands and Unifi. 

Sustainable Wolfpack Football Game

Saturday, Sept. 24, Carter-Finley Stadium

Join NC State Athletics as they host NC State’s Annual Sustainable Wolfpack Game as part of Parents and Families Weekend. Fans are encouraged to

  • Take the Sustainable Wolfpack Pledge and commit to using less energy
  • Ride the Red Terror bus to and from the game
  • Visit the Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena before the game to learn how NC State’s favorite fan gear is made using recycled plastic bottles, a process that saves both waste and energy in manufacturing by campus partners L2 Brands and Unifi

Save energy by recycling their cans, bottles and cardboard as part of the stadium’s Zero Waste Wolfpack program

Energy Research Spark Talks

Monday, Sept. 26, 4 – 5 pm, Engineering Building III 2236 and by Zoom, Register to Attend

Join the Student Energy Club at NC State as they share 3-minute lightning talks about their energy-related research. Students are welcome to Submit a Spark Talk by Sept. 21. There is a $100 prize (gift-card).

CANCELED: Energy Entrepreneurship Panel

Unfortunately, the Energy Entrepreneurship Panel has been canceled. Our goal is to reschedule later this Fall. Please contact sustainability@ncsu.edu for questions.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 pm – 8:30 pm

Have you thought about working for a cleantech startup? Maybe you’re really interested in clean energy or climate change but aren’t sure how to find a paying job that matches your passion. 

Join this event to gain insight from the CEO of a local company that installs EV chargers, a Founder of an NCSU startup that builds retrofit kits to convert work trucks into plug-in hybrids, and from a scientist who provides ocean system modeling for energy and other applications. This event is sponsored by FREEDM Systems Center and will be moderated by Liz Bowen, senior project manager for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

Panelists include:

Micah Ulrich, Flux Hybrids
Max Burden, Sovereign Energy
Jennifer Warrillow, Fathom Science

Nuclear Energy 101

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 1 – 2 pm, Partners Building I, The Garage Classroom, Register

Join the Student Energy Club at NC State as they host Dr. John Zino of GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy International, LLC to learn more about the principles of nuclear energy, questions and concerns, and the future of one of the world’s premier clean energy sources.

Centennial Campus Utility Plant Tour

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Centennial Campus Utility Plant, (Registrations Closed)

What does it take to power Centennial Campus? NC State Facilities Division staff will take you behind the scenes at the Centennial Campus Utility Plant. Learn how NC State generates energy on-site and reduces energy costs. 

This event will be hosted by the Staff Senate’s Resources and Environment Committee as part of its Sustainability Partners event series.

Electric Vehicle Showcase

Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 am – 1 pm, The Corner (941 Main Campus Drive)

Join NC Clean Energy Technology Center to celebrate National Drive Electric Week with an Electric Vehicle Owner Meet-Up/Car Show and Test Drive at The Corner on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. Come learn about and experience electric vehicles.

The Corner is the open area at the intersection of Main Campus Drive and Research Drive. There will be food trucks.

The Future of Clean Transportation in North Carolina

Thursday, Sept. 29, 3 – 4 pm, Partners Building I, The Garage Classroom, Register

What will North Carolina’s clean and sustainable transportation future look like? Join Jennifer Weiss, senior advisor for climate change policy with the NC Department of Transportation, as she presents the vision of the state’s 2022 Transportation Plan. Hosted by the Student Energy Club at NC State and FREEDM Systems Center, a reception (Centennial Social Hour) immediately follows.

Centennial Social Hour

Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4 – 6 pm, Partners Building I, Suite 1800

Join NC Clean Energy Technology Center and University Real Estate and Development as they host an energy-focused social hour to network, learn about new projects or just relax with colleagues.  

CANCELED: The 2023 NC State University Energy Preview

Unfortunately, the 2023 NC State University Energy Preview has been canceled. Our goal is to reschedule later this Fall. Please contact sustainability@ncsu.edu for questions.

Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 am – 12 pm, Talley Student Union 4140, Register

Join us for a preview of exciting developments in the who, what, where and how of advancements in energy with the NC State Energy Collaboratory. Results of a university-wide survey will be unveiled followed by a discussion led by the energy community at NC State focusing on the upcoming year and future.

This event is hosted by the Student Energy Club at NC State and Dr. Christopher Galik, NC State School of Public and International Affairs.

Schaub Food Science Building Tour

Friday, Sept. 30 at 1 -2 pm, Schaub Food Science, Register

The Facilities Division Commissioning Team has created a collective $10 million in utility savings for the university and reduced carbon emissions by 200 million pounds in the last 7 years. See their work first-hand during a tour of Schaub Food Science, the latest building to have its mechanical systems optimized. 

This event will be hosted by the Staff Senate’s Resources and Environment Committee as part of its Sustainability Partners event series.


Learn more about energy at NC State:

Previous Energy Week Events

  • Extreme Weather and the Grid (recording): Explore the electrical grid and the forward-thinking needed to strengthen the grid for future extreme weather.
  • Energy Entrepreneurs: Now is the Time (recording): Lessons learned and why now is the best time to start in this growing field.
  • Electricity 101 (recording): How does the grid work in the United States today, and where are we headed?
  • Centennial Campus Utility Plant Tour: Behind-the-scenes at how energy is supplied to campus buildings.
  • Energy Week Pitch Competition Winners
  • SparkTalks about innovative energy-related research across campus.
  • Reverse Pitch: Careers in Clean Energy and Cleantech: This virtual and fast-paced career event is designed to educate students from a diverse range of majors, interests, and backgrounds about the energy and cleantech sectors and connect them with relevant employers.
  • Contact

    Contact sustainability@ncsu.edu for more information or questions.