UNC Institute for the Environment

Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences takes water samples at a beach near Morehead City.

Dr. Rachel Noble of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences takes water samples at a beach near Morehead City.

The UNC Institute for the Environment is leading UNC’s world-renowned environmental community in developing solutions to critical environmental challenges. In doing so, it educates future environmental leaders and engages with the people of North Carolina and the nation to address and solve environmental challenges. Today, there are programs throughout the campus, covering literally every aspect of environmental study, through the Center for Sustainable Community Design, the Center for Watershed Science and Management, the Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development – and field studies. The UNC Institute for the Environment helps these individual departments and centers join together in interdisciplinary research, education and engagement, and creates new areas of study in response to some of our most pressing environmental challenges, including:

  • The sustainability of communities:  Focus on the ways in which communities of the future – their buildings, transportation systems, and other aspects – must be designed to make them environmentally, economically and socially sustainable
  • Watershed science and management: Focus on the ways in which changes in the landscape – development, conservation, engineered change, etc. – affect human health and the natural services of ecosystems
  • Environmental modeling: Focus on the development of tools needed to understand the relationships between environmental policies, environmental processes and key indicators of environment and health
  • Experiential education opportunities: Focus on themes specific to the Institute’s field sites and where they are located, with locations throughout North Carolina and abroad

Louis Bacon and The Orton Foundation support the UNC Institute for the Environment. Learn more here.