Renewable-energy advocates need to emphasize economic development and jobs as they lobby North Carolina’s legislators to protect the state’s most important green-energy initiatives, saysMichael Youth, policy director of the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.

Youth spoke Wednesday to a crowd of about 50 at Northeastern University’s“Sustainable Energy: Policy and Practice” forum at the university’s Charlotte campus.

He was paired with Joan Fitzgerald of Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the school’s Local Leaders Global Impact series. The discussion was moderated by Charlotte Business Journal senior staff writer Erik Spanberg. The Charlotte Business Journal is a sister publication of The Business Journal.