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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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Neasha Graves

Outreach manager protects NC families ( | Feb. 19, 2024)

Neasha Graves provides information and resources to communities about environmental health hazards.

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Hallie Turner

Student Spotlight: Hallie Turner ’24

Hallie Turner ’24 decided to study environmental science to solve complex modern problems.

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air pollution over a city.

US Air Pollution Has Changed Its Chemical Makeup Since 2006 (Newsweek | Feb. 16, 2024)

IE’s Sarav Arunachalam and Bin Cheng share study results with Newsweek.

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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