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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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Schools in Parks podcast cover.

Schools in Parks: Making STEAM Education Natural AND Fun! (Adventures in Learning Podcast | Feb. 28, 2024)

IE’s Sarah Yelton and Taylor Prichard journey where the classroom reaches the sky.

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Kristina Hefferle

Where are they now? Kristina Hefferle ’23

Kristina Hefferle ’23 discusses her path to amphibian ecology research technician at UGA.

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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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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


Upcoming Events

Saturday 8:00 am

Orange County Creek Week