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The Richard N. L. (Pete) Andrews Environmental Policy Fund

This fund will support a competitive award to a rising senior major in public policy, environmental studies or environmental sciences engaged in research and/or service on solutions to local, state, national and/or global environmental policy challenges.

Andrews is a 1966 graduate of Yale University, and he earned both the professional master’s degree in regional planning and the Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from Carolina. Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 1981, he served for nine years on the faculty of the University of Michigan, and previously as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

Andrews is widely recognized as one of the leading researchers and scholars of U.S. environmental policy, and has compiled a distinguished record of scholarship on the history of American environmental policy and on the effectiveness and limitations of public policy incentives for preventing and correcting environmental damage and preserving natural resources and ecosystems. Over the forty years of his career at UNC and the University of Michigan, Andrews has had great influence in this area of public policy scholarship. Andrews teaching is marked by his creative use of “teachable moments” on current public policy issues, and engaging students directly with policy-makers and advocates on different sides of important issues.

Andrews, who held the inaugural Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, has helped bring UNC through critical moments of identity formation and has been unswervingly committed to helping UNC fulfill its mission as the “University of the People.” Pete served with distinction as Chair of the Faculty through a particularly challenging period, including not least the transitions of three chancellors, nine new deans, and a new president of the university. In this role, he championed the implementation of the faculty’s recommendations on improving the UNC’s intellectual climate, and the creation of a Priorities and Budget Committee to engage faculty, staff and students as well as administrators in deliberations over budget priorities. He was an effective voice for the faculty both internally and publicly in UNC’s transition to a more strongly need-based tuition and financial aid policy, and in persuading the General Assembly to increase financial support for graduate students.