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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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Johnson and Graves working together.

The Impact of Smoking and E-Cigarette Use on Asthma (DukeUNCTTS | May 6, 2024)

IE’s Neasha Graves speaks about the impact of smoking for national Asthma + Allergy Awareness Month.

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trees and blue sky

Legislation Would Address Harmful Bioenergy Emissions, Air Pollution (National Wildlife Federation | Apr. 17, 2024)

New legislation cites IE research on underreported bioenergy emissions.

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UNC Cleantech Summit celebrates 10th anniversary with banner line-up of speakers, panelists

Around 1,200 attendees registered for this year’s event, many of whom traveled to North Carolina.

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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