Education & Research

UNC Charlotte is privileged to have a number of Research Centers and Institutes on campus focusing on different aspects of sustainability.  Below you will find information on the work of some of these Centers and institutes.

Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability IDEAS   

The IDEAS Center is a UNC Charlotte Research Center focused on accelerating change. Specifically, IDEAS seeks to hasten the shift from unsustainable infrastructure, housing, and technology design to practices more attuned to the challenges of the 21st century.

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The Environmental Assistance Office for Small Business

The EAO is a part of the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability Center (IDEAS), located at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the EPIC building room 1150.

The goal at the EAO is to increase effective pollution prevention practices in the Charlotte area by bringing together talented students and faculty and to team up with government agencies and small businesses sharing the common goal of pollution prevention The EAO, for small businesses, provides non-regulatory, client-confidential pollution prevention assistance to small businesses in the greater Charlotte region.

The office staff can provide you with timely assistance for pollution prevention planning, including information about industry-specific case studies, waste specific case studies, and new technologies. Your small business advocate also works to reduce the regulatory burdens that federal policies impose on small firms and to maximize the benefits small businesses receive from government.

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The Daylighting + Energy Performance Laboratory

The Daylighting + Energy Performance Laboratory is an applied research unit of the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Center for Integrated Building Design Research.

The primary mission of the laboratory is the advancement of applied knowledge through the specific study of architectural energy systems and lighting technology research. Through the dissemination of its research, the laboratory takes an active role in shaping public policy, as well as offering design assistance to architectural firms. Both compliment the primary mission of the university to meet the teaching needs of our regional community.

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The Center for Applied Geographic Information Science

The Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (CAGIS) at UNC Charlotte is an applied research center that focuses on the use of GIS concepts and technologies to address spatial dimensions of environmental and socio-economic problems. Landscape ecology, human-environment interactions, and land-use/land-cover change modeling are three core areas of our current research. The Center pursues interdisciplinary multi-scalar analysis through the integration of field and laboratory data, interviews, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and predictive modeling.

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UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute has over forty years of experience seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.  The Mission of the institute is; to seek solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities.

The Institute is one of the non-partisan applied research and community outreach centers of UNC Charlotte. Founded in 1969, the Institute provides a wide range of services, including technical assistance and training related to operations and data management; public opinion surveys; land-use and natural resources consulting; economic development research and community planning to meet the needs of the Charlotte region and its citizens.

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Energy Production & Infrastructure Center EPIC

The Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte was formed in response to the need from industry to supply highly trained engineers qualified to meet the demands of the energy industry. EPIC is a highly collaborative industry/education partnership that produces a technical workforce, advancements in technology for the global energy industry while supporting the Carolinas’ multi-state economic and energy security.

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