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Our mission is to understand and provide solutions to the most challenging resource issues facing our planet.UNC Environment Ecology and Energy Program logo
We explore systems on our planet through basic research and applied solutions. As such, we bring together natural and social sciences to propel North Carolina as a leader in local and global environmental research and innovation. We elevate research into understanding by investigating the diverse and interactive systems that regulate the environment, including consequences for humans and other organisms. We are committed to educating students to improve understanding for future generations.


We offer undergraduate degrees (BA, BS) in environmental sciences and environmental studies and graduate degrees (MA, MS, PhD) in ecology.  Our degrees include tracks in quantitative energy systems (BS) and in sustainability (BA).
We collaborate with professional schools at UNC to create career pathways for our students. Some specific examples include our dual bachelor’s-master’s degrees in environmental informatics (Information Sciences), environmental and science communication (Media and Journalism), and public administration (Government).

Recent News and Science

Diamond Holloman awarded the 2021 GEAB Impact Award

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Diamond Holloman awarded the 2021 GEAB Impact Award. More details about her achievement to follow. Her achievement has been added to the official list of recipients at

Dr. Piehler featured in “The Well”

Dr. Mike Piehler, the Chief Sustainability Officer for UNC, is featured in the latest issue of The Well in an article titled: “Focus Carolina: Mike Piehler”. In the article, Dr.. . .

E3P Graduate Student Diamond Holloman Named Council Member of the University’s Sustainability Council.

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Congratulations to Diamond Holloman, who is an E3P graduate student, on her appointment as a council member of the University’s Sustainability Council. Holloman is a graduate student in the E3P. . .