Preparing the next generation of energy leaders
The Duke Energy Foundation committed $845,000 to fund programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that promote science and technology education on campus and in communities across the state — preparing the next generation of energy leaders. The multi-year grant is split among programs at the UNC Institute for the Environment, the UNC Morehead Planetarium & Science Center and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Energy Center. At IE, this funding supports our Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP), a summer science enrichment program for 9th-12th grade students. Read more.
IE’s Center for Public Engagement with Science recognized with a 2020 Best of Green Schools Award from the U.S. Green Building Council
The UNC Institute for the Environment’s Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) was recognized this year with the 2020 Best of Green Schools Award for Higher Education for their Outdoor Wonder and Learning (OWL) Initiative at Northside Elementary in Chapel Hill, NC. Principal investigator and project lead, Sarah Yelton, accepted the award at the national Green Schools Conference and Expo Mar. 2-4 in Portland, OR. Read more.
Dubbs recognized by U.S. Dept. of Energy for leadership in clean energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized nine accomplished women for their achievements and leadership in clean energy as part of the U.S Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Initiative.
The winners of the 2020 U.S. C3E Awards, who will be honored at the Ninth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium, represent a diverse range of women leading in clean energy. Read more.
Reflecting on remarkable career, CMAS Center honors retirement of Adel Hanna
When the air quality modeling community thinks of CMAS (Community Modeling and Analysis System), they instantly think of Adel Hanna. Hanna has been the director of the CMAS Center since 2003. Institute for the Environment Director Michael Piehler announced at the 19th annual CMAS Conference that Hanna will be retiring after nearly two decades at the helm. Rather than gathering at UNC’s Friday Center, which is customary, the event was held virtually via webinars Oct. 26-30 due to public health concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
BenDor named Institute’s distinguished chair of sustainable community design
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was Todd BenDor’s first job choice back in 2007 after finishing graduate school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Ph.D. in regional planning. Fast forward more than a decade and he is a full professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC, director of the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science and now he is adding the title of Distinguished Chair of Sustainable Community Design with the Institute for the Environment. Read more.
Berke rejoins Institute to lead Center for Resilient Communities and Environment
Research professor Phil Berke recently returned to Chapel Hill and was selected to lead the Institute’s newly launched Center for Resilient Communities and Environment.
“The Institute for the Environment, by its nature, cuts across the campus. We will be doing interdisciplinary research that’s transformational for communities while simultaneously training the next generation of students,” Berke says. “In every project, we will build that in.”
Berke’s vision for the center will be to collaborate with faculty and students from across campus and beyond to engage communities in understanding their vulnerability to natural stressors, particularly in an era of climate change. Read more.
Piehler named Carolina’s chief sustainability officer
In his new role, Mike Piehler will provide leadership and coordination of broad sustainability efforts on campus, develop a consistent plan to reach short- and long-term goals and serve as chair of the University’s Sustainability Council. He will continue leading the Institute for the Environment and his research endeavors. Read more + listen.
After 18 years as Morehead City Field Site director, Noble passes the helm to Rodriguez
Gathering together for lunch on day one of each semester is Rachel Noble’s tradition. She aims to get to know students from their first day together at the Morehead City Field Site and she said she enjoys seeing many of the students stay in the family of researchers and scientists through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for Marine Sciences (IMS) well beyond the end of their few months together.
As director, Noble spent a lot of her time planning the logistics of classes, housing, field trip programming and other details to run the program smoothly. She also is doing research, working on molecular diagnostics and teaching classes. After nearly two decades, Noble has decided to help Antonio Rodriguez take over as field site director. She will remain on the leadership team as an assistant director along with Joanna Rosman. Read more.