The mid-year meeting for the seventh annual Appalachian Energy Summit took place at the Wake Forest Biotech Place Conference Center in Winston-Salem. Students, faculty, and industry leaders convened to, in the words of Appalachian State University’s (ASU) Chief Sustainability Officer Dr. Lee Ball, “share best practices, frustrations, and accomplishments.” Highlights of the event included a presentation of a web portal for collaboration on university sustainability projects and a panel discussion on energy policy in North Carolina. ASU launched the meetings in 2012, working with the Rocky Mountain Institute. Through the years, ASU has continued to host collaborations of seven working groups across all 17 of the UNC system campuses, with summits, featuring big names in sustainability like Amory Lovins and David Orr. The summit works toward a more sustainable future by brainstorming ways to integrate environmental stewardship across college curricula, design efficiency into campus capital projects, and stimulate the economy by developing green business. Since the inaugural summit, the UNC system is estimated to have saved $499 million in utility costs and 9 billion pounds in greenhouse gas emissions. The annual meeting will be held at the home base, ASU, from July 30-August 1.