Healthy people, healthy planet

Our Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering focuses on the interface between people and the environment. Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, safe and sustainable water resources, climate change and One Health draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy.

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We’re Celebrating our Centennial!

Read about our students and alumni, watch student speed talks and special guest seminars on our Centennial Celebration page.

The ESE Chair supports the open letter to the Carolina Community by Dr. Mimi Chapman, Chair of the University Faculty, regarding the tenure of Ms. Nikole Hannah-Jones.
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Well-researched investment in renewable energy can improve global equity

In many low- and lower middle-income countries, great natural wealth contrasts with a desire for economic development.
Noah Kittner, PhD, is an assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering, where he examines the relationship between energy systems, low-carbon development and human health. In two recent publications, he explores the ideal balance of wind, solar and hydropower in Myanmar and discusses financial compensation for solar energy generation in the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Our research strengths include:

  • Characterizing exposures to contaminants in air, water, soil and workplaces
  • Developing engineering and policy solutions to environmental risks
  • Using molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment
  • Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries
For information about returning to campus this fall, please visit the UNC Gillings Return to Campus Roadmap page.

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