The New Economy Summit Featuring Gar Alperovitz

About the Summit

Schedule of Events

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The New Economy Summit April 4th – 7th 

  • Keynote Speaker: Gar Alperovitz, Thursday April 4th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Parkway Ballroom -Appalachian State Plemmons Student Union


  • Endnote Speaker: Juliet Schor, Saturday April 6th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Summit Trail Solarium -Appalachian State Plemmons Student Union

The purpose of The New Economy Summit is to explore local efforts and initiatives being made to transition to a just and sustainable economy.

The Summit will facilitate networking opportunities between students, business owners, and local non-profit organizations through workshops, panel discussions, and information exchange. The Summit is designed to maximize collaboration between all members of the High Country community.

The Goals of The New Economy Summit include:

  • Build Relationships between the student population, the greater High Country community, and enterprises that incorporate more community-based, environmentally-sound practices in the High Country and beyond,
  • Encourage Engagement with the High Country’s New Economy through patronage of local businesses and restaurants, or support of local non-profits and initiatives, specifically through volunteering, internships, and job opportunities,
  • Skill Building activities to promote communication, self-reliance, and creative thinking necessary in the New economy and changing world,
  • Educate students and citizens about possibilities and solutions towards a New Economy.


Thursday - April 4th
• Gar Alperovitz, Keynote Speaker
• Information Exchange
• Workshops (TBD)
• High Country Food Tour
Friday - April 5th
• Information Exchange
• Workshops (TBD)
• First Friday Art Crawl
• High Country Food Tour
Saturday - April 6th
• Juliet Schor, Endnote Speaker
• NC Convergence Student Organizers Retreat
• High Country Food Tour
Sunday - April 7th
• Howard Street Exchange Pedestrian Fair
• High Country Food Tour

If you would like to get involved with the Summit by speaking, leading a workshop, participating in the street fair, setting up an information booth, or helping to organize, please contact someone with the Core Planning Team:

  • Joelle Justiz- Phone: 828-406-3268 | Email:
  • Maureen Jackson- Phone:919-623-3598 |
  • Ben Loomis-  Phone: 757-876-1093 |

Dates and Times

Date and Time Admission Location Map Link
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 10:00am - Sun, 04/07/2013 - 6:00pm n/a Various locations: Student Union, Downtown Boone, Local Businesses n/a

Contact Information

Joelle Justiz
(828) 406-3268
Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program
New Economics Institute


Dr. Richard Rheingans, Chair
Sustainable Development Department
Living Learning Center

Sandy Wilson
Administrative Assistant

QEP Global Learning