Other Environmental Centers, Programs and Institutes on Campus

The campus is home to more than a dozen centers focused on research into fundamental and applied aspects of environmental study. Some of these centers are housed within departments, some are housed within the College of Arts and Sciences or the professional schools, and others are campus-wide collaborations. Most of these integrate research by applying scientific methods to a specific set of environmental problems such as population and development, environmental health, or drinking water. For more information on any of these, contact the center through the links provided.

The Carolina Population Center provides its more than 50 faculty fellows from 16 departments of the university an organizational nexus, technical staff, facilities and resources for the conduct of their population research, and for research training of graduate students and post-docs. The Center's research program incorporates several projects on population/environment relations, including land use and population dynamics in Southeast Asia, environmental impact on obesity in the U.S., demographic influences of pastoral land use in Tanzania, and the environmental impact of colonist and indigenous land use in Amazonian Ecuador.

The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility develops knowledge concerning how individual and group susceptibilities interact with environmental and occupational factors to cause disease, fosters collaborations between Center scientists and community groups, educates the public on these issues, and provides information for public health programs and policy.

The Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma, and Lung Biology of the School of Medicine is broadly concerned with environmental impacts on human health and on respiratory health in particular. Its research programs are closely related to those of U.S. EPA's Human Studies Division located on the UNC-Chapel Hill medical campus.

The Center for Galapagos Studies is a collaborative partnerships between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) designed to foster research, education, and outreach programs in the islands, with the larger goals of advancing conservation efforts in the Galapagos and promoting better understanding of ecologically sensitive and protected areas worldwide.

The Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR) addresses emerging environmental law issues, particularly serving as a leader on the laws related to climate change adaptation. The center helps inform policymakers, leaders, and practitioners about the circumstances brought about by environmental disruption, options for legal change given this disruption, and it provides a forum for educating the North Carolina and national legal and business communities about opportunities related to these changes.

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise (CSE) at Kenan-Flagler Business School offers education programs, research and outreach to help companies and non-profit organizations grow and profit in non-traditional and emerging markets with economically, environmentally and socially sustainable strategies. The Kenan-Flagler Business School was recognized in Beyond Grey Pinstripes: Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship as the first and only business school to achieve excellence in all three categories of competitive strategy-Business School Innovation in Environmental Stewardship, Social Impact Management, and Sustainability.

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) serves as a campus center for research on urban and regional affairs, examining a wide variety of issues and problems faced by the nation's cities and regions. It is the second oldest, university-based, urban research center in the country.

The Environmental Finance Center is dedicated to enhancing the ability of governments to provide environmental services in fair, effective and sustainable ways. It provides a bridge between students and faculty working principally on environmental financing, management and planning tools, and governments who use these tools for the public interest.

The Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases is a pan-university Institute that was created to unify and bolster global health research, teaching, and service across UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Institute of Government is a core component of the UNC School of Government. It was established in 1931 to provide educational, advisory, and research services for state and local governments. Today, the Institute of Government is the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, offering up to 200 classes, seminars, schools, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. In addition, faculty members annually publish approximately 50 books, periodicals, and other reference works related to state and local government. Each day that the General Assembly is in session, the Institute's Daily Bulletin, available in electronic format, reports on the day's activities for members of the legislature and others who need to follow the course of legislation. The Institute of Government and School of Government collaborate closely with the Institute for the Environment and its Environmental Resource Program in providing environmental public service and engagement for the people of North Carolina.

The Institute of Marine Sciences conducts basic and applied research on important scientific questions related to the nature, use, development, protection, and enhancement of marine resources; develops and applies technologically-advanced approaches to field, laboratory, and analytical problems; communicates research results to professional and public audiences; and provides consultative assistance to facilitate the application of knowledge to practical problems. The Institute of Marine Sciences hosts the Institute for the Environment's Morehead City Field Site.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a regional center for research, conservation, and interpretation of plants, particularly those native to the southeastern United States, but also including those with special botanical and human interest. The University of North Carolina Herbarium, a unit of the Garden and the largest museum collection of plant specimens in the Southeast, is a fundamental resource for the study of plant identification, evolution and distribution, endangered species, and new weeds in North Carolina and surrounding states. The Garden protects Nature Preserves, including the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, holds the region's National Collection of Endangered Species as a last resort against extinction in the wild, and has programs in restoration, plant invasions, plant propagation, ecology, and public education.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) is the service and outreach arm of the School of Public Health, bringing the public health scholarship and practice communities together.

RENCI (RENaissance Computing Institute) develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. RENCI partners with researchers, policy makers, and technology leaders to engage and solve the challenging problems that affect North Carolina, our nation and the world. The institute was launched in 2004 as a collaborative effort involving the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina State University.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program studies the human health and environmental risks associated with hazardous waste sites, which will ultimately help devise strategies for remediating such sites in order to minimize public health concerns.

The Water Institute at UNC brings together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health through academic leadership in research, information, and education. The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognizes that water is a lynch pin of public health in the 21st century, and that we have both the unique opportunity and the responsibility to take our leadership role in water and health to a new level. The school's commitment is demonstrated by the creation and support of The Water Institute at UNC.

The Institute for the Environment also collaborates closely with two field research stations of the University of North Carolina - the Coastal Studies Institute and the Highlands Biological Station.

The UNC Coastal Studies Institute (UNC-CSI), formed in 2003, is an inter-university research institute located in Manteo on Roanoke Island. It is the mission of the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to undertake research, offer educational opportunities, provide community outreach programs, and enhance communication among those concerned with the unique history, culture and environment of the maritime counties of North Carolina. UNC-CSI's research focuses on four main areas: Estuarine Ecology and Human Health, Estuarine and Coastal Processes, Coastal Sustainability and Maritime History. While the institute emphasizes northeastern North Carolina in its outreach and education programs, its research draws on the resources of the entire region and encompasses all of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern coast of the United States. CSI is a near-neighbor of the Institute for the Environment's Outer Banks Field Site (OBXFS) and offers internship opportunities to OBXFS students.

The Highlands Biological Station, located in Highlands, North Carolina, was founded over 80 years ago to foster education and research focused on the rich natural heritage of the Highlands Plateau, while preserving and celebrating the integrity of the "biological crown of the southern Appalachian Mountains." The Highlands Biological Station hosts the Institute for the Environment's Highlands Field Site.