Sustainability has emerged as a primary concern for many sectors, including academic institutions and industries around the world. The 2017 Sustainability Symposium will engage community individuals, university faculty and staff, industry, and agencies interested in Sustainability, with a primary focus on Agriculture and Food Sustainability (food, water, and energy). This symposium will present thought-provoking examples of sustainability ideas, analyses and practices. The event will promote approaches that adopt/implement inclusive views of the key dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) to address present and future needs. The goal of the event is to catalyze and stimulate discussion on how sustainability can be integrated into research and industry practices, especially those that will benefit eastern North Carolina.
ECU will host the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Program. The Program consists of a series of lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance, over eight consecutive weeks.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.

This one-day symposium is open to community residents and leaders, faith-based organizations, allied health and public health providers, nurses, dentists and oral health providers, physicians, other health care providers, ECU faculty/staff/students, and members of the general public.