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Vibrant blue butterfly rests on pink flower as inspiration for the development of sustainable paint

Energy-Saving Paint Production Based on Nontoxic Colorless Materials

In the ever-evolving world of science and innovation, researchers around the globe are continually seeking inspiration from nature to develop groundbreaking technologies. One such fascinating endeavor involves biomimicry in the paint production process. Recently, we had the privilege of sitting … Read more

Process of green hydrogen by Matt White during UNC Burch Cleantech Europe trip

Green Hydrogen and Sustainability as the Future of Design

The day began with students gathered in the UNC Winston House with coffee in hand. The morning was dedicated to working on a challenging case study paper. We bounced ideas off one another, allowing us to think critically and approach … Read more

UK building

UK Colonial History, Rich in Sustainability

The UNC Burch Fellowship group had the honor of listening to a lecture by Professor Jim Endersby this morning. Dr. Endersby is the current Associate Dean for People, Culture and Inclusion in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH) … Read more

Kings Cross Station

Social Media Marketing and More in Hull

Another day, another adventure with the Burch Sustainability program! I started the day off bright and early at 5:30 as I was getting ready for our 3-day, 2-night trip to Kingston upon Hull, a port city in East Yorkshire, England. … Read more

Train station

Burch Students Travel to the University of Hull

Today’s day started out a little rough but ended up finishing very strong. We had to be at the train station by 7 am, as we were supposed to take a train straight to Hull. Suffice to say, it did … Read more

BlueCity, a circular economy incubator, and an innovation hub

Rotterdam, Netherlands: Burch Tackles Resilience in Action

Students in the UNC Burch Sustainability program have learned one main concept from this day: how to move cities forward in a sustainable and resilient way. We feel as though we could conquer anything and it has only been the … Read more

Marieke van Doorninck, director of Kennisland

Fireside Chat with Marieke van Doorninck, Amsterdam’s Former Deputy Mayor

The myriad of environmental issues lying before us marks a moment where diversity of thought is more important than ever. As the next generation of innovators, the UNC Burch Fellowship program had a one-on-one fireside discussion with Amsterdam’s former deputy … Read more

The Centraal railway station, Rotterdam

Rotterdam: Dynamic Designs and Public Spaces

Stepping off the night train from Freiburg to Rotterdam, anticipation ran through my veins. Rotterdam is a city in the Netherlands that has gained recognition for its urban landscape and sustainable architecture. After dropping off the luggage at the hostel, … Read more

Rieselfeld, Germany green landscaping

Rieselfeld and Vauban: Bike Tour of Europe’s Most Sustainable City

By embarking on a cycling tour throughout the city of Freiburg, students in the Burch Sustainability Research Field Seminar were able to immerse themselves in the mobility and residential aspects of living in Europe’s most sustainable city. We rose at … Read more


Empower Cleantech in NC with Anna J Siefken

The 2023 UNC Cleantech Summit included several tracks, including one called “Building Foundations for Cleantech in the Mid-Atlantic.” North Carolina has many resources that can propel the region into a nationally recognized powerhouse for cleantech, but what does that path … Read more