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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

3 E3P Students Awarded Richard (“Pete”) Andrews Fellow in Environmental Policy

Three E3P students have been awarded the Richard (“Pete”) Andrews Fellow in Environmental Policy. The Andrews Fellowship will be awarded to a rising senior majoring in public policy, environmental studies,. . .

E3P and Food Studies cosponsored event on Norwegian cooking hosted by Elisabeth and Victoria Bergquist

E3P and Food Studies co-sponsored an event, “La oss lage mat!”, on Norwegian cooking on April 13th. Elisabeth and Victoria Bergquist, a cooking duo from Fredrikstad Norway, walked attendants through how. . .

E3P Undergraduate Awards for the 2019-20 academic year

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Each year, we make a number of awards to senior E3P students in recognition of significant accomplishments. Those for the 2019-2020 academic year are:   Emerging Scholar Award Emi Mcgeady . . .