Skip to main content
Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Environment; Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Policy
(919) 843-3385


Richard “Pete” Andrews is a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for the Environment and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Public Policy, with joint appointments in the  Department of City and Regional Planning, the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology. From 2004 to 2009 he held the first Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professorship in Public Policy, and in 2015 he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, conferred by the Governor for a record of exceptional public service to the people of North Carolina.

Andrews’s research and teaching are on environmental policy in the United States and worldwide, including a book on the history of U.S. environmental policy and research on environmental policy innovations in the United States, the Czech Republic and Thailand. He also directed the National Database on Environmental Management Systems, a major research initiative developed with support from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency in cooperation with the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Management Systems (MSWG). His recent work also includes research on state policy innovations for addressing air pollution reduction, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and global climate change, and on energy behavior in business organizations.

Beyond the university, Andrews has chaired and served on study committees for the National Research Council, the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Public Administration and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. Within North Carolina, he was principal environmental staff member for the 1984 NC 2000 study, which was commissioned by the governor and chaired by UNC President William Friday; he also served as a member of North Carolina’s Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change.

A member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty since 1981, Andrews directed the UNC Institute for Environmental Studies from 1981 to 1991, and chaired the 1991 review committee on the university’s environmental programs; he also served as elected Chair of the UNC Faculty from 1997 to 2000, and chaired the Department of Public Policy from 2006 to 2011. Before joining the Carolina faculty he taught for nine years at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, and was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer and an analyst for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of Sigma Xi, Delta Omega (the public health honor society) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.


Ph.D., Environmental Planning and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972
Master of Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1970
A.B., Philosophy,  Yale University, 1966

Selected Publications

Andrews, R. N. L. 2020. Managing the Environment, Managing Ourselves: A History of American Environmental Policy (3rd edition). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Andrews, R. N. L. 2013. State Environmental Policy Innovations: North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act. Environmental Law 43(4):881-940.

Andrews, R. N. L. 2011. The EPA at 40: An Historical Perspective. Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum 21:223-258.

Andrews, R. N. L. 1998. Environmental Regulation and Business “Self-Regulation” Policy Sciences 31(3):177-97.

Andrews, R. N. L. 1976. NEPA in Practice: Environmental Policy or Administrative Reform? Environmental Law Reporter 6:50001-50009.