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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

News in Brief for January 30, 2019

Brad Ives recognized by NC Sustainable Energy Association

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association has given its 2018 Individual Energy Leader Award
to Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises and chief sustainability officer.

“The North Carolina clean energy landscape would look very different if it were not for Brad’s ongoing commitment to finding innovative, win-win energy solutions,” said Ivan Ur-laub, executive director of the association. “Brad’s willingness and ability to take on complex energy challenges and collaboratively work toward solutions is truly representative of a North Carolina energy leader, and selecting him to receive the award this year felt only natural.”

The Individual Energy Leader Award recognizes someone who has helped advance clean energy in North Carolina through commitment and leadership. Through his work supporting H.B. 589 Green Source Advantage provisions, Ives ensured that Carolina, as well as many other customers statewide, would be able to offset electricity usage with solar energy affordably.

Ives also directs the N.C. Policy Collaboratory, which provided the state legislature with an in-depth analysis of energy storage options to better inform energy policy.

“North Carolina has an incredible opportunity to expand and improve its infrastructure in order to provide affordable and reliable clean energy statewide,” said Ives. “I am grateful for this recognition from the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association and look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with them on policy changes in our state to improve our state’s energy future.


SOG’s Anita Brown-Graham’s‘ncIMPACT’ show premieres on public television

School of Government faculty member Anita Brown-Graham is hosting a new television show that highlights community solutions across North Carolina. The first episode of the new show, “ncIMPACT,” will air 8 p.m. Feb. 7, starting a weekly series on UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina.

“‘ncIMPACT’ is going to help local communities focus on challenges that are most important to them,” said Brown-Graham. “This television program will allow communities all across the state to learn from each other. To both recognize that their challenges are common challenges that other places are facing, but more importantly, perhaps, to be inspired by the stories of places that are tackling those problems successfully.”

The “ncIMPACT” series launches in Pittsboro as Brown-Graham follows Chatham County’s efforts to encourage and
recruit women to enter the fast-growing and important construction industry, where women are underrepresented.
Subsequent episodes look at how the City of Kinston (Feb. 14) is devising unique ways to revitalize its downtown to attract not just visitors but new residents; how ordinary people in Winston-Salem (Feb. 21) are doing extraordinary things to increase pre-kindergarten access to improve workforce outcomes; and how McDowell County (Feb. 28) is working to improve health access, with strategies such as paramedics making house calls to help people avoid costly trips to hospital emergency departments.

Brown-Graham launched the ncIMPACT initiative at the School of Government in 2016 to expand the school’s capacity to work with public officials on complex policy issues. Brown-Graham and her colleagues have developed programs to support communities working on challenges surrounding poverty and economic mobility, early childhood education, workforce development and opioid misuse.

The show is sponsored by Civic Federal Credit Union.

Find individual episodes and web extras at


Members selected for new faculty advisory committee on Confederate Monument

Faculty Chair Leslie Parise announced Jan. 25 that 13 faculty will serve on a new faculty advisory committee on the Confederate Monument, chaired by Theodore Shaw of the School of Law.

Two resolutions recently passed by the Faculty Council specified that that a faculty committee “be included by the university administration in all planning for the disposition of the statue and related actions or developments.”

Other members of the committee are:

  •  Adaora Adimora, infectious diseases, School of Medicine
  • Travis Albritton, School of Social Work
  • Rumay Alexander, associate vice chancellor, diversity and inclusion, School of Nursing
  • Maria Estorino, University Libraries
  • Rhonda Gibson, School of Media and Journalism
  • James Leloudis, history, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Malinda Maynor Lowery, director of the Center for the Study of the American South
  • Derrick Matthews, health behavior, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Mark McNeilly, marketing, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Enrique Neblett, psychology and neuroscience, College of Arts & Sciences
  • David Owens, School of Government
  • Dana Rice, public health leadership program, Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Kim Strom-Gottfried, School of Social Work and director of ethics education and policy management
  • Erika Wilson, School of Law

Brad Ives



Anita Brown-Graham