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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

Michael F. Piehler speaks on Carolina’s new Climate Action Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions

E3P faculty member Michael F. Piehler works as UNC’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Sustainability, and Director of the Institute for the Environment (IE). Piehler helped. . .

Ph. D. Student Diamond Ebanks Holloman awarded 2021 Impact Award

Photo of Diamond Holloman

Ph. D. Student Diamond Ebanks Holloman has been awarded a 2021 Impact Award. Her award-winning work is titled: ‘I Didn’t Want to Be a Victim’: Examining Grassroots, Long-Term Hurricane Recovery. . .

PhD student Zofia Knorek awarded Royster Dissertation Completion Fellowship

photo of Zofia Knorek UNC-CH Environment, Ecology and Energy Program graduate student and member of the Fodrie lab

Fodrie lab Ph.D. student Zofia Knorek has been awarded a Royster Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2021-2022! More information about the fellowship is available at