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At the heart of environmental problems lie the processes controlling environmental systems, the values of society, and the ways in which we conserve our resources. The CEP brings together scholars from a wide range of backgrounds to consider how past societies have designed, and future societies can design, environments that express their deepest values. It also builds an intellectual community through programs that stimulate discussion of environmental issues on campus and in the larger society, including overseeing a colloquium series, a public seminar series, and a listing of environmental events. Taken together, these students, faculty and staff, as well as our off-campus partners, make up the Carolina environmental community.
Environmental Faculty Environmental Units
UNC Sustainability Coalition Environmenatl Resource Program
Student Organizations CEP Faculty Listserv

Environmental Faculty at Carolina (click here for listing)

Environmental activities on the Carolina campus are carried out by a broad array of faculty in diverse departments, curricula, programs and centers. They have been brought together as the Carolina Environmental Faculty, representing all faculty engaged in education, research and/or outreach related to environmental science and studies. They support the environmental programs offered by all administrative units of Carolina, including the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Education, Government, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Social Work, as well as the CEP programs that cut across those administrative units. They collectively make up the intellectual and interdisciplinary community of environmental scholars to which students, faculty, administrators, and outside organizations can turn for expertise in environmental education, research, and outreach and public service.

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Environmental Units at Carolina

The Carolina campus contains an impressive array of activities in environmental education, research and outreach. These are carried out in the units listed below. To learn more about each of these, please travel to their web sites through the links provided:

African and Afro-American Studies, Department of
Anthropology, Department of
Applied Mathematics Program

Arts and Sciences, College of
Biology, Department of
Biostatistics, Department of
Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad
Carolina Environmental Program
Carolina Population Center
Center for Advanced Study of the Environment
Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
Center for Environmental Medicine and Lung Biology
Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents

Center for Math and Science Education
Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Center for Urban and Regional Studies
Chemistry, Department of
City and Regional Planning, Department of
Communication Studies, Department of
Drinking Water Research Center
Ecology, Curriculum in
Economics, Department of
Education, School of
Environmental Finance Center at UNC-Chapel Hill
Environmental Resource Program
Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Department of
Epidemiology, Department of
Geography, Department of
Geological Sciences, Department of
Government, School of
Institute of Marine Sciences

International Studies, Curriculum in
Journalism and Mass Communication, School of
Kenan Institute Asia
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, The Frank Hawkins
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Law, School of
Marine Sciences, Department of
Marine Sciences Program
Mathematics, Department of
Medicine, School of
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Philosophy, Department of
Political Science, Department of
Public Health, School of
Public Policy, Department of
Social Work, School of
Sociology, Department of
Statistics, Department of
Toxicology Program and Curriculum

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Environmental Programs Coordinating Committee

Since there is a wide variety of undergraduate environmental options for students, Carolina has created the Environmental Programs Coordinating Committee to oversee and integrate the programs. This ensures that students are directed to the program best suited to their interests, and allows for the sharing of educational resources. The members of the Environmental Programs Coordinating Committee are listed below.

Marc Alperin, Marine Sciences
Ray Burby, City and Regional Planning
Joseph Carter, Geological Sciences
Doug Crawford-Brown, Carolina Environmental Program
David Dill, Public Policy
Don Francisco, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
James Hevia, International and Area Studies
Aaron Moody, Geography

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UNC Sustainablity Coalition

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Environmental Resource Program

Leading the university's outreach activities in the environmental area is the Environmental Resource Program (ERP), run jointly by the School of Public Health and the CEP. Established in 1985 to link the environmental resources of the University with the citizens of North Carolina, the ERP is one of only a handful of university-sponsored programs of its kind in the nation. It provides training, technical assistance, educational materials, online resources and policy research to North Carolina's environmental and community groups, local governments and public schools. It also convenes workshops among diverse stakeholders on strategic environmental issues. It maintains the Carolina Health and Environmental Community Center (CHECC) web site and its CHECC Listservs. It undertakes environmental education. It publishes the Guide to North Carolina Environmental Groups. The Environmental Resource Program also ensures that community concerns and issues are incorporated into every aspect of each North Carolina-based site in the CEP’s field site network.

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Student Organizations

The Carolina Environmental Student Alliance (CESA)

The Carolina Environmental Student Alliance is a network of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing multidisciplinary academic work in environmental science and studies. Like the Carolina Environmental Program, CESA crosses traditional boundaries to involve students from a broad range of departments and professional schools, programs and institutes. It promotes cooperation and collaboration in both research and study and offers opportunities for outreach and public service. It serves as the professional organization for environmental students on the Carolina campus.

One of CESA’s primary goals is to provide an intellectual forum, professional network and source of educational programs for students. Programs may take the form of workshops, lecture series, symposia, panel discussions or job fairs. All students are encouraged to use CESA to initiate and/or participate in such activities.

The CESA listserve (cesalist) provides news about upcoming events, meetings and opportunities. It also offers a place for participants to post their own announcements, inquiries and other communications.

For more information about CESA, please contact Douglas Crawford-Brown, CESA Faculty Advisor, or go to the Carolina Environmental Student Alliance web site.

Net Impact

Net Impact is a network of emerging business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world, including a focus on sustainable enterprise. Originally founded as Students for Responsible Business in 1993, Net Impact has developed from a great idea shared by a few business students into a mission-driven network of 5,000 new leaders for better business. For more information about Net Impact at Carolina, please contact Monica Touesnard, Net Impact Faculty Advisor.

The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

SEAC is a student-run and student-led network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to address environmental injustices through action and education. It defines environment as including the physical, economic, political and cultural conditions in which we live. SEAC works to create progressive social change on both the local and global levels.

For more information about CESA, please contact Greg Gangi, SEAC Faculty Advisor.

Links Between the Carolina Campus and Other Campuses

Many of the university, college and community college campuses in the state of North Carolina have undergraduate and graduate degree programs in environmental science, environmental studies, or related fields. To coordinate, facilitate and advance environmental education at the campuses, the North Carolina Alliance of Environmental Science and Studies Programs (NCAESSP) was formed in 2000. It consists of representatives from each of the campuses with environmental degree programs.

Through the Alliance, the various programs share information on the design and implementation of teaching and research activities; conduct joint seminars, workshops and conferences; coordinate the search for new sources of funding for environmental programs; maintain contact with similar groups outside the state of North Carolina; establish limited guidelines for the content and standards of environmental programs; facilitate movement of students between the various programs; and arrange inter-institutional exchanges of faculty and students.

For more information about the North Carolina Association of Environmental Science and Studies Programs, please visit their web site or contact one of the founders, CEP Director Douglas Crawford-Brown.

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CEP Faculty Listserve

The Carolina Environmental Program has a listserve for faculty called "CEP_list." Its purpose is twofold:

1. To provide CEP's administrative staff with a central faculty e-mail address to which important announcements, breaking news, regular program updates, and other information of general interest may be posted;


2. To furnish members of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty who are interested in the environment with a convenient place to post their own announcements and messages, share ideas, and participate in group discussions.

Faculty Members may subscribe to "CEP_list" by going to the university's Lyris Mailing List Tool web page and following the directions provided.

For more information or assistance in subscribing, please contact Michelle Fox, Program Assistant, at 919-966-9922.

Listserve Basics

Many faculty members are already familiar with how listserves work. Here are the basics:

All e-mail messages sent to a listserve address -- in this case, CEP_list@listserv.unc.edu -- are distributed automatically to everyone on the list. For this reason, only important messages of general interest should be posted.

Every e-mail message must include a concise reference to its topic on the subject line; otherwise, it will not be delivered.

Subscribers may respond to a listserve message by replying EITHER to the whole list OR to just the sender of the original message. Generally speaking, replies that will not be of interest to everyone should be directed to the sender only.

For a complete, detailed run-down on how to use a listserve (including some helpful tips on privacy and etiquette), go to the ATN Documentation web page called Subscribing to a List.

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Carolina Environmental Program
CB# 1105, 100 Miller Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1105
Phone: 919-966-9922 | Fax: 919-966-9920 | E-mail: cep@unc.edu