Southeast Sustainability Network Directors' Summit


June 10-12, 2019 at UNC Asheville

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UNC Asheville and the Southeast Sustainability Network (SESN) invite Chief Sustainability Officers and Sustainability Directors from higher education institutions throughout the Southeast and Southern Appalachian region to join us for our annual Directors' Summit in Asheville NC.

This highly interactive event will include sessions by leading higher education institutions, an in-depth look at key sustainability issues affecting our campus programs, peer-to-peer networking, and best practice session to further develop your skills as a lead sustainability change agent.

As part of the program, participants will also have the opportunity to learn from area experts on sustainable urban planning, climate data-related business activity, frontiers in sustainable urban park design and management, and efforts to develop and enhance the River Arts District area using sustainable design principles.

Regular sessions will take place beginning at 4pm on Monday June 10th and ending at 2pm on Wednesday June 12th. Attendees have the option of taking advantage of our optional pre- and post-Summit educational activities and field visits. These will take place on Monday June 12th from 12-4pm and Wednesday June 12th from 4-8pm.

The following SESN member institutions have been represented at the Directors' Summit in recent years:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Auburn University
  • Davidson College
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Sewanee, the University of the South
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Florida
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Virginia
  • UNC Asheville
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Charlotte
  • UNC Wilmington
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Winthrop University


Monday June 10

10:00am - 3:00pm

French Broad River Experience ($50, optional)

Join local changemakers on a guided river rafting experience that will highlight the history, ecology, culture, and current issues of the French Broad River basin. Lunch included.

4:00pm - 6:00pm


Check-in for on-campus housing, Mills Hall

4:30 - 5:45pm

UNC Asheville Campus Sustainability Tour

Meet in front of Mills Hall

6:00 - 8:00pm

Summit opening remarks & dinner

Ponder Hall 011

Tuesday June 11th

8:00am - 10:00am


Ponder Hall 011

8:30am - 10:00am

Concurrent Session A

Ponder Hall 011

10:00am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:45am

Concurrent Session B

Ponder Hall 011

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch & Biltmore Sustainability Introduction

Brown Hall

1:00pm - 4:30pm

Biltmore Sustainability Tour (included in Summit)

Explore the Biltmore Estate from a sustainability perspective guided by experts in agriculture, forestry, and animal husbandry. The Biltmore attracts over a million visitors a year and is marketed as America's largest private home. What many visitors don't realize is that it is also an important site for past and present sustainability initiatives that have impacted our nation as a whole.

4:30pm - 6:00pm Break
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Dinner & Tour of White Labs Asheville

During a 30 minute tour, we will see White Labs’ production facility, learn about the science of fermentation and how they are able to manufacture liquid yeast.

Dinner will follow at White Labs Kitchen & Tap, a brewpub at the intersection of science and craft. The boutique restaurant and brewery showcases foods with a fermentation twist including woodfired pizzas made with White Labs liquid yeast, fermented sauces, farm-fresh salads and other beer-infused dishes and desserts. Enjoy craft cocktails, wine and 32 rotating taps of White Labs brewed and guest beers.

Wednesday June 12th

8:00am - 10:00am


Ponder Hall 011

8:30 - 9:45am

Concurrent Session C

Ponder Hall 011

9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 11:15am

Concurrent Session D

Ponder Hall 011

11:15am - 12:00pm

Summit closing program

Ponder Hall 011

12:00pm - 1:00pm


Ponder Hall 011

2:00pm - 7:00pm

CANCELLED: E-bike tour of Asheville with Flying Bikes ($50, optional)

This sustainable food tour of Asheville by electric bicycle will highlight sites that are relevant to the history of African Americans in the area, including George Washington Carver edible park and the Burton Street Peace Garden. We will also get to sample some of the tastiest treats that Asheville has to offer along the way, ending at a top rated brewery.


Attendees can choose from one of three registration options:

  • Full Regular Summit: $125
  • Full Regular Summit plus pre-Summit program on Monday June 10th: $175 (includes lunch on June 10th)
  • Pre-Summit program only ($50)
  • CANCELLED: Post-Summit program ($50)

All full regular Summit registrations include the following:

  • Meals beginning in the evening of Monday June 12th through lunch on Wednesday June 12th
  • Participation in all regularly programmed activities both on and off-campus
  • Transportation in and around Asheville, including public bus tickets that can be used at any time

Registration does not include:

  • Transportation to/from the Asheville airport or bus station
  • Parking fees on campus
  • Housing, either on-campus or off-campus

We regret that we cannot accommodate campus sustainability staff who are not serving as the full-time lead sustainability officers for their campuses. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email


On-campus housing at UNC Asheville is offered as an optional add-on to your Summit registration. All rooms are double occupancy. Attendees can choose from one of three housing options:

  • Monday-Wednesday (2 nights @ $58/night plus one time $15 linen fee): $131
  • Sunday-Wednesday (3 nights@ $58/night plus one time $15 linen fee): $189
  • Sunday-Thursday (4 nights @ $58/night plus one time $15 linen fee): $247


There is a flat $10 fee for on-campus parking for the duration of the event. Please be sure to select this additional item if you plan to bring a vehicle to campus.

Note that transportation from the Asheville airport to campus is available via public bus ($1/person), ride sharing apps, and area taxi services. Fees vary for taxi service to the airport but tend to cost $30-$50, including gratuity.


Guests of attendees can take advantage of pre- and/or post-conference programs by registering for those separately. Non-university affiliated guests cannot register for the regular Summit program.

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