2014 Sponsors

The Water Institute at UNC is extremely grateful for the support of other organizations in making Nexus: 2014 Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference possible.

We hope that you will share in our commitment to address the connected, but distinct, relationships between water, food, climate, energy, security, sustainability and development by becoming a sponsor.

Platinum Level

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Gold Level

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GRM International and Futures Group

GRM International and Futures Group offer clients and partners access to a top-tier development group with expertise in agriculture and food security; economic growth, trade and livelihoods; education; governance and accountability; and health.



The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Silver Level

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The Swiss-based Biovision Foundation combats hunger and poverty, and is committed to the dissemination and application of ecological methods that sustainably improve living conditions in Africa whilst also conserving the environment. Biovision implements projects, mainly in East Africa, and is also engaged in international policy dialogue at national and international levels, e.g. in the framework of the SDGs and the Committee on World Food Security.

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The Millenium Institute

The Millennium Institute (MI), has 30 years of experience in working closely with governments, international organizations, NGOs and private business to develop and implement policies to foster sustainable development and poverty reduction. Through its integrated simulation models, MI provides stakeholders with tools to formulate sustainable and equitable development policies, monitor progress, and evaluate impact to meet the goals set in multi-stakeholder national and international decision forums. This integrated approach will be critical to achieve the SDGs.

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UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment

UNC Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment catalyzes and advances interdisciplinary environmental research to solve local to global challenges, educates the next generation of leaders committed to the health and stewardship of our planet, and informs and engages the public to enable environmental problem solving. IE seeks solutions to critical environmental issues to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems.

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WSPA is a global organization seeking to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended. Our focus is on the nexus between animals and humans as true sustainable development can only be achieved when the needs of both, and the environment they share, are respected.

Bronze Level



The Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR) at the University of North Carolina School of Law addresses emerging environmental law issues, particularly serving as a leader on laws related to climate change adaptation. The Center helps inform policymakers, leaders, and practitioners about the circumstances brought about by environmental disruption, options for legal change given this disruption, and it provides a forum for educating North Carolina and national legal and business communities about opportunities related to climate change.

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Water in Our World

An outgrowth of the 2011 Academic Plan, UNC’s two year pan-campus theme, “Water In Our World,” calls for the University and all of its members and resources to mobilize around a common issue facing our society, which in this case is water. The significance of water as the selection for Carolina’s first attempt at a campus-wide effort is encapsulated in the following quote by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in which she comments: “In the United States, water represents one of the great diplomatic and development opportunities of our time. It’s not every day you find an issue where effective diplomacy and development will allow you to save millions of lives, feed the hungry, empower women, advance our national security interests, protect the environment, and demonstrate to billions of people that the United States cares, cares about you and your welfare. Water is that issue.”

Global Research Institute

Global Research Institute

The Global Research Institute–currently focusing on the theme Making Scarce Water Work for All–is a center for scholarly research on key global issues, also serving as a channel through which knowledge can be circulated and applied to real world problems. Research fellowships are granted annually on a competitive basis for scholarship on targeted themes, bringing both talented faculty members at UNC and distinguished visiting scholars together to collaborate on the most pressing global challenges facing North Carolina and the world.

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The Luc Hoffman Institute

The Luc Hoffmann Institute responds to the urgent issues facing global conservation and sustainable development. We link the best science to policy planning and effective field practices to create evidence-based solutions.

Securing Water for Food & Powering Ag

Securing Water for Food & Powering Ag

Securing Water for Food & Powering Ag GCDs source, incubate, and accelerate water, energy, and food technologies and business model innovations to produce more food using less water and less energy.



Monsanto Company is dedicated to providing farmers the broadest choice of products and services that will help them produce more, conserve more and lead improved lives.

Media Sponsor

CSR Wire

CSR Wire

CSRwire is a digital media platform and the leading global source of CSR and sustainability news, views and reports. We are our members’ most trusted CSR adviser, working with them and their agencies on a wide range of communication services and solutions, specializing in targeted content and social media.

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

For sponsorship inquires contact Marissa Streyle at the Water Institute: streyle@email.unc.edu.