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Measuring lake levels

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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Strategic planning retreat.

IE Center explored droughts, floods, infectious disease and extreme temperatures at 7th annual retreat

The retreat convenes people from a broad range of backgrounds to advance research.  

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Carolina Square

A home near campus

We’ve moved and are excited to advance our work closer to campus. Come see us at Carolina Square.

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Carolina global leader in oyster reef research, study finds

Carolina and several researchers are internationally prominent in the field of oyster reef research.

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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.


braided river

Measuring Water from Space

Students with environmental monitors.

Creating Climate-Resilient Communities


Wild Things Make Their Hearts Sing