21st Century EducationWe will fund an endowment for an environmental scholarship fund to participate in field site education and international enrichment experiences at IE field sites in Morehead City, Highlands and Manteo, NC, the Galapagos and Thailand regardless of a student's need or major including support for expanded research experiences and internship opportunities.
Outreach and Public ServiceWe will support K-12 environmental science education programs to bring current environmental science with an experiential component to educators and community-based organizations statewide. In addition, we continue to translate science into action by connecting research with improved public policy and community well-being.
Our MissionResearch: To strengthen our cross-campus environmental research capacity by supporting a multi-disciplinary community of scholars that enhances collaboration, increases sharing of knowledge, and identifies solutions to the world’s critical environmental problems. Education: To work in partnership across UNC and with external partners to coordinate and deliver 21st century educational programs that provide students with the experience and skills to thrive in a growing global economy. Outreach: To engage and serve communities in North Carolina and around the world by putting new environmental knowledge into action.
Critical ResearchFirst and foremost, we must continue to push the boundaries of research in areas that represent our core strengths, such as air quality and water management, and affect the most lives worldwide. We will implement semester-long research projects, pairing scholars with undergraduate and graduate students to deliver environmental solutions that beneﬁt populations worldwide.
UNC researchers are shedding light on past hurricanes while providing the tools to predict which areas will be most vulnerable to flooding in the future.
“It is more effective to fund resilience strategies than it is to rebuild after damage occurs," said Piehler, who is leading a $2 million research study.