NC Policy Collaboratory names advisory panelists

Al Segars

Al Segars (Photo: UNC)

A watershed expert, a marine scientist and an environmental engineering professor are among on a advisory panel for the controversial NC Policy Collaboratory, a new UNC initiative created by the state legislature.

Coastal Review Online first reported the story last night.

The panelists include the chairman, Al Segars, who is the faculty director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise;

  • Jaye Cable is the chairwoman of the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology within the UNC Marine Sciences department. Cable’s expertise includes coastal aquifers, groundwater discharge and wetlands.
  • Greg Characklis is the director of the Center for Watershed Science Management within the UNC Institute for the Environment. His research focuses on engineering issues, such as water supply and treatment systems and the management of environmental financial risks.
  • Reggie Holley, who chairs the Board of Visitors for the UNC School of the Environment, is also a lobbyist with the Longmire Group.
  • Jeff Hughes, director of the Environmental Finance Center at UNC, specializes in water resources.
  • Rick Luettich, professor and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences, is an expert in coastal systems and resilience, including storm surge modeling.

Conspicuous by his absence, Jeffrey Warren was not named to the advisory board. Warren, who is Sen. Phil Berger’s science advisor, spearheaded much of the state’s harmful environmental legislation. His name was originally floated as a leading candidate for the director’s job.

A permanent director for the Collaboratory has not been named, but Brad Ives, the university’s chief sustainability officer, is serving in the interim. Ives was also an assistant secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality in the McCrory administration. He served under then-secretary John Skvarla, who is now the head of the state commerce department.


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