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UNC Environment Newsletter | April 2022

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ICYMI: GiveUNC Hype Video featuring Mike Piehler and Susan Cohen

In case you missed it, please enjoy our GiveUNC hype video featuring IE Director Mike Piehler and Associate Director Susan Cohen. Scroll back through our social media posts to see all of the innovative and ground-breaking research, service and education we do at the UNC Institute for the Environment! Parts of this video were shot on the roof of the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, which features a green roof and drains to a cistern serving the toilets in the building.

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Thank you for helping the UNC Institute for the Environment have a “day like no other” for GiveUNC



The UNC Institute for the Environment had a day like no other on Mar. 29 for GiveUNC—Carolina’s 24-hour giving challenge. The Institute partnered with the Senior Class to raise money and awareness for a new environmental justice research program for undergraduate students. While the final totals are still being tallied, the Institute and Senior Class landed on the leaderboards among the top 10 in multiple categories for number of gifts raised and total dollars raised. The Institute unlocked all of its challenge gifts totaling $135,000. The Institute claimed 6th place for “giving total” among all units and institutes out of a field of 33. Read more


UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 2022 campaigned for the Environmental Justice Undergraduate Research Program on GiveUNC


As a part of their annual Senior Campaign, UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduating class of 2022 campaigned to raise money and awareness for the Environmental Justice Undergraduate Research Program, a program administered by the UNC Institute for the Environment. Funds raised for the Environmental Justice Undergraduate Research Program will be used to support research on environmental justice in underserved communities across North Carolina, communicate this research to these communities, and provide stipends to undergraduate student researchers. Read more

UNC study reveals surprising benefits of invasive marsh grass  
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Phragmites australis (P. australis), an invasive marsh grass that many consider a nuisance along the North Carolina coastline, may have surprising benefits, according to new research conducted by Mollie Yacano. Yacano is currently a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying marine sciences with an emphasis on coastal biogeochemistry. She recently completed research that analyzed P. australis’impact on the nitrogen cycle within North Carolina’s coastal marshes. Read more

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UNC Environmental Spotlight

Natural Spaces in Urban Places and Their Contribution to Coastal Resilience

By Anne Smiley
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Field Notes

Stephanie Caddell
endeavors | Mar. 9, 2022
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Planning for urban resilience to extreme heat with Sara Meerow
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Stay tuned for the release of Carolina's Water Plan on April 22 - Earth Day! While you wait, learn about the history of sustainable water management on campus. Follow the Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Carolina on your favorite social media platforms for more announcements and stories for Earth Month!

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