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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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Ecological restoration industry generated $9.6 billion and supported more than 53,000 jobs, according to new UNC study

Wetland and stream restoration market is a full-blown industry, according to study.

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Smiley research

Urban habitats mitigate coastal flooding impacts, UNC study finds

The study found urban estuarine habitats to be effective at permanently removing nitrogen.

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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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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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Measuring Water from Space

Students with environmental monitors.

Creating Climate-Resilient Communities


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