Resources for the Community

A guiding principle for the Institute is the conviction that a public university should serve society. One of our main objectives is to encourage and support UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff in their efforts to assist citizens through an active outreach and public service program. The Institute is proud to have received two Office of the Provost Public Service Awards.

We carry out this mission in several ways, all of which can be explored through the links below:

  • The Environmental Resource Program is housed within the Institute and acts as the primary organization for environmental outreach and public service for the campus. Its mission is to promote environmental stewardship and public health through education, research, and community service.
  • Our Field Sites work with communities to examine environmental issues of local concern. Each domestic site is guided by a Community Advisory Board to ensure our students and faculty are focused on the most significant environmental challenges facing those communities. The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, rich multimedia experiences put together by photojournalism students, features some of the research at the Albemarle Ecological Field Site and Highlands Field Site.
  • Our undergraduate and graduate students participate in interdisciplinary, team-based Capstone Research Projects that are defined by environmental clients throughout the state, nation and world. One such project is the One North Carolina Naturally program providing a state-wide database and decision support tool for conservation and planning.
  • The Carolina Center for Public Service leads the University's engagement efforts and service to the state of North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff and students to the needs of the people.

Contact the Institute's Outreach and Public Service Office

Send inquiries to the Associate Director for Outreach and Public Service, Kathleen Gray