ENVIRONMENT

Aug 17, 2010
I’ve traversed some rugged country in the Uwharries.  My dad and I have bushwhacked through laurel thickets and scrambled up and down steep and slippery slopes to blaze trails and mark property lines.  In general, though, our land is more accessible than isolated coves in the mountains or...
Aug 16, 2010
“They come from Tennessee in a covered wagon.”  That was all I could get out of my grandfather..." So begins this essay by Ruth Ann Grissom, first published in 1998 in the newsletter of The LandTrust for Central NC.  Guest contributor Ruth Ann Grissom is a freelance writer who splits...
Aug 10, 2010
The Carolina Raptor Center is a unique local resource.  Please check out this video to learn more about this organization.
Aug 10, 2010
The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte expanded the urban growth mapping and forecasting into 19 counties in the Western part of North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Swain,...
Aug 10, 2010
From 1976 to 2006, land development in the North Carolina mountains increased 568 percent - from 34,348 acres to 229,422 acres - and is expected to increase another 63 percent by 2030.  Population, meanwhile, increased only 42 percent between 1976 and 2006 and is projected to increase only...
Aug 03, 2010
The Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at UNC Charlotte expanded the urban growth mapping and forecasting into 19 counties in the Western part of North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Swain,...
Jul 23, 2010
Photos by Nancy Pierce
Jul 09, 2010
The Charlotte metropolitan region’s future depends on the health of its natural and built environment, from tree canopies to preserved natural areas to sound land use planning and urban design. The institute offers articles and research on a variety of environmental topics. For even more articles...
Mar 30, 2009
  The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute has more than 40 years of experience seeking solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges facing our communities. Click on the images above to explore how these issues are being addressed in the Charlotte region today.