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  • Measuring Eastern North Carolina’s Lakes

    By Grant Parkins Grant Parkins is the Watershed Education Coordinator with the UNC Institute for the Environment. The UNC Environmental Resource Program (ERP) has teamed up with a UNC researcher on a NASA-funded project designed to better understand how the … Continued

  • Solar Financing in a Changing Renewable Energy Landscape

    By Heather Payne  Heather Payne is the Assistant Director for the Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics (CE3), and an Adjunct Professor of Law at UNC School of Law In late June as the legislative session was winding down … Continued

  • Environmental Restoration Helps Drive Economic Growth

    Post By Todd BenDor Todd BenDor is an Associate Professor in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning and affiliate faculty member of the UNC Institute for the Environment.  Earlier this year I was invited to speak at an … Continued

  • Helping Teachers Explore the Electric Grid of the Future

    By Dana Haine Dana Haine is the K-12 Science Education Manager at the UNC Institute for the Environment. Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, writes that while electricity “is situated squarely … Continued

  • Evolving Electric Industry Represents New Career Opportunities

    Post by Jordan Kern Jordan Kern is a Research Assistant Professor at the UNC Institute for the Environment. You can learn more about his research and teaching portfolio at Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in the electric power industry might … Continued

  • Community Engagement: A Necessary Component of Policy Creation

    Post by Danielle Spurlock Danielle Spurlock is an Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning When creating local policy, community values and experiences can be marginalized if we limit public participation to unilateral flows of information … Continued

  • The Growing Interest of Students in the Clean Tech Industry

    Post by Greg Gangi Greg Gangi is the Associate Director for Education with the UNC Institute for the Environment. I’ve spent more than a decade as a faculty member here at UNC teaching environmental science classes. During that time period … Continued

  • Putting the Clean Air Act into Action

    Post by Zac Adelman Zac Adelman is a Research Associate at UNC’s Center for Environmental Modeling and Policy Development. The Clean Air Act is the cornerstone of U.S. policy to protect the public from the harmful effects of air pollution. … Continued

  • Engaging the Public through Citizen Science

    Post by Sarah Yelton Sarah Yelton is an Environmental Education Coordinator at the UNC Institute for the Environment. As the days start to get longer, and I can sense spring around the corner, I get excited about looking for those … Continued

  • Protecting Water Quality Across North Carolina

    Post by Jon Duncan Jon Duncan is a research assistant professor at the UNC Institute for the Environment. One of the special things about conducting research at a highly regarded public university like Carolina is the opportunity to engage in … Continued

  • The Science Behind Predicting Wildfires

    Post by Uma Shankar  Uma Shankar is a Research Associate with the UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Environmental Modeling and Policy Development The current severe drought conditions in western North Carolina are resulting in significant environmental and economic … Continued

  • Planning for an Unknowable Future: Uncertainty in Climate Change Adaptation Planning

    Post by Sierra Woodruff Sierra Woodruff is a Ph.D. candidate at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology. As a graduate student, there is a lot of uncertainty in my life: When … Continued

  • Aviation Emissions and Air Quality

    Post by Sarav Arunachalam Sarav Arunachalam is a research associate professor at the UNC Institute for the Environment In July 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its initial steps to address greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft engines. The … Continued

  • Drought Proofing the Triangle: Increasing the Resiliency of Local Water Supplies

    Post by Greg Characklis Greg Characklis is a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of IE’s Center for Watershed Science and Management. I had the opportunity to spend part of this summer … Continued