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Students gather field date for their capstone project at the Outer Banks field site.

Institute for the Environment

Welcome to the UNC Institute for the Environment (IE).

IE fosters and conducts collaborations with faculty, students and staff across the university to identify and solve the world’s environmental challenges and sustain and improve the environment.

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Earth Day graphic by NASA

NASA’s Earth Day toolkit features IE’s Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists and Satellites program

Click the “Citizen Science” button to learn more.

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Thank you with GiveUNC Old Well graphic.

Institute for the Environment receives record number of gifts, lands on leaderboard for GiveUNC 

The Institute placed fourth on the Unit Leaderboard and seventh overall for total dollars raised. 

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Illustration of people caring for Earth.

Happy #EarthMonth!

See all of the ways Carolina is celebrating Earth Month.

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Our vision is to become a global leader in catalyzing innovative environmental research and harnessing the research output to educate tomorrow’s leaders, engage communities and meet environmental, energy and development challenges.
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Diversity and Inclusion

The UNC Institute for the Environment is committed to building diversity within our organization and within our disciplines. We recognize that diversity in gender, ethnicity, race, class, sexual orientation, national origin, ability and age strengthens any group. We know that environmental challenges and solutions do not affect people equally. We value the knowledge and resources that all communities bring to understanding and sustaining the environment.

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Geo Science interns in the creek.


River and bridge.

braided river

Measuring Water from Space

Students with environmental monitors.

Creating Climate-Resilient Communities