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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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Hsu selected as one of six U.S. scientists to scope special IPCC report on cities and climate change

Hsu has been selected as one of six U.S. scientists to participate in IPCC report.

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Rada Petric

Join the BatPack to Help Conserve Bats

International Bat Appreciation Day is Apr. 17! Join the BatPack today! #EarthMonth #CitSciMonth

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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