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2020 Year in Review

This year held challenges that few anticipated and brought untold adversity to so many. We are grateful that our research, education and outreach endeavors could continue in modified capacities. The environmental field sites sustained in-person instruction with stringent public health … Continued

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A special holiday message from Mike Piehler and the UNC Institute for the Environment

Happiest holidays from Mike Piehler + the faculty and staff of the UNC Institute for the Environment. Thank you for your steadfast support this year. Michael Piehler Director, UNC Institute for the Environment Professor, Marine Sciences and Environmental Sciences and … Continued


waterloop #67: Philip Berke on Planning for Resilient Communities (waterloop podcast | Dec. 14, 2020)

In this episode Philip explains the pressing need for communities to focus on planning to become more resilient to climate change. He discusses a variety of approaches, from hardening of infrastructure to managed retreats, that communities are taking in places … Continued

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IE makes hands-on geoscience learning possible for Northeastern NC’s students and teachers

The UNC Institute for the Environment recently received $319,000 to connect students and teachers in Northeastern North Carolina with field-based geoscience learning opportunities. Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC, also known as GET OUT in NC, will take advantage of the … Continued

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