Meet A Student


Joseph Townsend

Joseph Townsend
Class of 2016

Joseph Townsend is a junior from Charlotte, NC.

Joseph is a communications/biology major and is participating in UNC’s Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) program. Read more about his time at UNC and his experience with the IDEA program. Learn more about the IDEA program

Research Spotlight


Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez, Professor, City and Regional Planning, and Director, Center for Sustainable Community Design

Daniel Rodriguez is an expert in the field of transportation planning, public transit, and transportation policy. Daniel was recently named a distinguished professor and the director of the Institute’s Center for Sustainable Community Design. Read about that announcement here. Read more about his work

The Institute for the Environment (IE) 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 - including those related to water resources, public health, energy, climate change, air quality, land-use change, and biodiversity - to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems.