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Upcoming Initiative Events

Mark your calendar and join us at upcoming Initiative events or watch/listen to recordings of previous Initiative events. We are building strong collaborative teams that will work with our coastal communities, and we welcome you to join us on our journey. (Contact Kelsey Hart for information concerning Initiative events.)

You can access each of the Initiative virtual events at

Recordings of our past events can be viewed on our NC State Coastal Resilience and Sustainability YouTube channel.

Join us for an evening of food, refreshments, and networking with folks working in the climate change arena. Limited bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available with funding provided by the Office of University Interdisciplinary Programs (OUIP). The Climate Change Happy Hour hosted by the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, Global One Health Academy, North Carolina State Climate Office, KIETS Climate Leaders Program and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Friday, September 8, 2023

5-6:30 pm

Talley Student Union, Third Floor Lounge

Space is limited to the first 50 people interested. Please register at

Other Events

Join NC State College of Natural Resources, The Tourism Management Association, and special guest Clark Twiddy for an exciting book launch event as Clark reads from his book “Outer Banks Visionaries: Building North Carolina’s Oceanfront” and we celebrate the power of words!

Join us at Duke Energy Ballroom AB at NC State’s Hunt Library OR online via live stram on Sept. 6 from 6:00 – 7:45 pm to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a conversation with Clark Twiddy, President of Twiddy & Company and President of North Carolina Vacation Rental Management Association to discuss the visionaries that helped grow the Outer Banks to the tourism hub it is. You will also get to hear a reading from Twiddy’s most recent book, Outer Banks Visionaries: Building North Carolina’s Oceanfront, and an Outer Banks panel discussion.

6-6:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres
6:30-6:45 – Outer Banks Visionaries with Clark Twiddy (Online Stream Starts)
6:45-7:15 – Clark Twiddy and Dr. Whitney Knollenberg: A conversation on the state of tourism in the Outer Banks
7:15-7:45 – Outer Banks Panel Discussion with the Tourism Management Association

From climate change to overfishing to pollution, there are many problems to be addressed to protect our ocean. Earlier this year, more than 190 countries came together to sign a treaty to protect our ocean life. Entrepreneurs, universities, and government are focusing on “what’s next” in protecting the ocean. Attend this conference to explore how Southeast North Carolina and others are embracing economic opportunities relating to the ocean.

Past Initiative Events and Recordings

Dr. Po-Yi Hung – 2021-22 Fulbright Scholar and Luce East Asia Fellow, National
Humanities Center and UNC-Chapel Hill; Associate Professor,
Department of Geography, National Taiwan University

What does the “green” mean in green energy? In Taiwan, the planned site for offshore wind farms overlaps with both oyster farms and the habitat of Taiwanese Humpback Dolphins, categorized as a critically endangered species by the IUCN. This has resulted in a clash between conserving the oyster farming landscape, protecting an endangered species, and developing green energy against climate change. Facing this dilemma, this talk reconsiders the spatial struggles over the “green” label affixed to offshore wind farm projects, and other forms of green energy in general.

Recording coming soon.

Learn about NC’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) and the NC Coastal Federation, their work, and how they partner with university faculty to do engaged research with communities. NCORR will discuss projects currently underway, where communities need help, and how NCORR has partnered with faculty to date. The Coastal Federation will also share examples of their collaborations with faculty and communities, and both will discuss opportunities coming in the future.

Andrea Webster, Resilience Policy Advisor
North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Todd Miller, Executive Director
North Carolina Coastal Federation

Presenter: Seth Theuerkauf, Science Coordinator for the Office of Aquaculture, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Seminar Series: This seminar was the ninth and last in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Presenter: Helena Mitasova
Professor at the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Associate Director and Faculty Fellow at the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics

Seminar Series: This seminar was the eighth in a weekly series where experts within and outside of NC State will address the same question: What is the future of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Research and Communications?

Older recordings can be viewed on our NC State Coastal Resilience and Sustainability YouTube channel.