Center for Energy Research and Technology

The Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT) at North Carolina A&T State University is an interdisciplinary energy research center, created to foster collaborative research and development of new energy-related technologies. CERT focuses on basic and applied research, outreach and extension activities, and education related to: renewable energy; energy efficiency; alternative fuels and vehicle technologies; sustainable green buildings; and the environment.

N.C. A&T Launches
Southeast Urban Sustainability Summit Event


Dr. Vicki Foust at N.C. A&T has received a $50K (agency) grant to fund an upcoming event to advance research in urban sustainability. The Southeast Urban Sustainability Summit (SEUSS) will develop a research network comprised of academics, municipalities, industries, and advocacy groups with the vision of advancing research in urban sustainability in the state of North Carolina. SEUSS will be held August 14-15, 2019 on the campus of N.C. A&T in Greensboro.

SEUSS will convene a diverse network of stakeholders from across the state committed to identifying and addressing North Carolina’s most pressing sustainability and resilience issues related to energy, water, waste, transportation, housing, health/safety and food/agriculture. The collaborations formed at SEUSS will seek additional research funding to conduct the needed initiatives identified at the conference. The resulting research agenda will have implications for the entire southeast of the U.S.

SEUSS is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Vicki Foust with the Center for Energy Research (CERT) and Technology at N.C. A&T, in collaboration with leadership from Co-PI Dr. Greg Monty, Director of CERT, Co-PI Dr. Selima Sultana, Professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Co-PI Dr. Jamie Russell, Interim Director of Appalachian Energy Center, Appalachian State University.

The SEUSS Steering Committee includes Steve Kalland, Executive Director of the Clean Tech Center at NC State University; Lori Collins, Environmental Programs Consultant, NC Department of Environmental Quality; Meg Jamison, Executive Director of the Southeast Sustainability Director’s Network; Marilyn Marsh-Robinson, US Climate and Energy Partnerships and Alliances Manager, the Environmental Defense Fund; and Zach Ambrose, EDF Cities Initiative Consultant; Dr. Stephen Sills, Associate Professor, Dr. Marcia Hale, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Sarah Praskievicz, Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Grace Marasco-Plummer, Program and Research Development, Appalachian Energy Center, Appalachian State University.

For more information about SEUSS and to register for the event, please contact Dr. Vicki Foust at, 336-285-4738.



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