Coastal Studies Institute
An interuniversity research institute that undertakes research, offers educational opportunities, provides community outreach programs, and enhances communication among those concerned with the unique history, culture and environment of the maritime counties of North Carolina.

East Carolina University Coastal Resources Management Program
Provides a unique, integrated and multidisciplinary approach to coastal studies that emphasizes science and public policy.

Duke University Marine Lab
Promotes education and research in the basic ocean processes, coastal environmental management, marine biotechnology and marine biomedicine.

Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
The institute helps decision makers create timely, effective,and economically practical solutions to critical environmental challenges.

North Carolina Coastal Federation
The state’s only nonprofit organization focused exclusively on protecting and restoring the coast of North Carolina through education, advocacy, and habitat preservation and restoration.

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
A nonprofit organization that helps protect locally and regionally valuable natural areas and waters.

North Carolina State Bar
Responsible for regulating the practice of law in North Carolina.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment
Leads UNC’s world-renowned environmental community in developing solutions to critical challenges. In doing so, it educates future environmental leaders and engages with the people of North Carolina and the nation to address and solve environmental issues.

UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences
The institute’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge research, train young scientists, provide expertise to governmental agencies and industry, and to promote new knowledge to inform public policy.

UNC Environmental Finance Center
The center focuses on enhancing the ability of governments and other organizations to provide environmental programs and services in fair, effective and financially sustainable ways.

UNC School of Government
The mission of the School of Government is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government.

UNC-Wilmington’s Center for Marine Science
Promotes basic and applied research in oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The institute conducts interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educates students and citizens, and provides advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public.

Water Resources Research Institute of the UNC System
WRRI supports statewide research and outreach efforts related to water resources.