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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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sprinklers on crops

Informal water contracts could provide quicker, cheaper ways to reduce impact of droughts

A new study proposes cost-effective informal water contracts to reduce impacts of drought.

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Richard N.L. “Pete” Andrews (’70, ’72) leaves legacy of environmental leadership, service 

The Institute remembers Pete Andrews and his legacy of environmental leadership and public service.

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Jennifer Morgan

“Everyone has a role to play,” says Germany’s State Secretary and Special Envoy for International Climate Action

Jennifer Morgan came to UNC to speak to students about her career in the climate field. 

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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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Inclusive Excellence

The UNC Institute for the Environment is committed to inclusive excellence within our organization and our disciplines. We recognize that diverse perspectives strengthen groups and 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