Meet A Student


Brady Blackburn

Brady Blackburn
Class of 2017

Brady is a native of the mountains of North Carolina majoring in Environmental Studies. During his time at UNC he has been active in student environmental groups and will be spending the fall semester at the Outer Banks Field Site. Read more about his UNC experience

Research Spotlight


Nikhil Kaza
Nikhil Kaza, Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning

Nikhil studies the phenomena of plans and their uses in public and private decision-making, including urban development processes, energy planning, and land use impacts. His latest work explored the relationship between home energy efficiency and mortgage risk. Read more here

The Institute for the Environment (IE) catalyzes and advances interdisciplinary environmental research to solve local to global challenges, educates the next generation of leaders committed to the health and stewardship of our planet, and informs and engages the public to enable environmental problem solving.

IE seeks solutions to critical environmental issues - including those related to water resources, public health, energy, climate change, air quality, land-use change, and biodiversity - to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems.