UNC Institute for the Environment

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The UNC Institute for the Environment is committed to the health and sustainability of the ecosystems on which life depends. Our collaborations with partners across the UNC campus, North Carolina and beyond uniquely position us to address today’s environmental challenges. Together, we tackle issues from multiple perspectives to fuel discovery and innovation, turning scientific research into solutions for local and global communities.

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Explore Stories

Map of North Carolina state parks.

Bringing Students Outside

The value of outdoor learning


Experiential Education for Future Environmental Leaders

“This generous gift allows us to invest in the next generation of leaders in the environmental realm by funding transformational professional experiences for Carolina undergraduates,” says Michael Piehler, director of the UNC Institute for the Environment.


Taking Environmental Studies to New Heights

“Michael Piehler’s childhood inspired him to pursue his life’s work in restoring ecosystems in need.”


Living Shorelines

For coastal homeowners, hurricane season is often a stressful time.


Teachers ExPLORE NC 

This opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in new settings, with a supportive peer network, is a large part of what makes ExPLORE NC such a robust and helpful program.


Innovation for a Sustainable Future

“When we think about the future, we have to think about clean technology."