2022 Climate Science

Experience firsthand the real-world complexity of international climate talks by role playing as a lead negotiator in a world climate summit.  Use state of the art Climate Science Models to understand how our energy and economic choices affect greenhouse gas emissions and develop real world climate solutions. Be exposed to the most up-to-date climate science, learn what we must do to prevent further damage and discover how our communities can adapt to live in this new world.

Registration Details

  • June 12-17, 2022
  • $1,200
  • Price includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions
  • Students reside in campus residence halls and dine in campus dining hall
  • Due to the continued effects of COVID-19, we are maintaining a flexible refund policy.  There is a full refund available minus a $50 administrative processing fee
  • Enrollment is open until spaces are filled
  • Students that register for two back-to-back Pre-College programs, have the option to also register for an optional stayover weekend in-between programs for an additional $350.  The stayover weekend is all-inclusive of housing, meals and activities in and around Asheville


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  • Climate change
  • Mitigation vs adaptation
  • Climate communication
  • Atmospheric and environmental science
  • Climate and environmental justice

Sample Schedule

  • Morning

  • 8 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – Biltmore Estate Sustainability Tour / Visit Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch & free time
  • Afternoon

  • 1 p.m. – International Climate Negotiation / Climate Change Solutions Simulator
  • Evening

  • 5 p.m. – Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. – Activities / recreation / free time
    Options include: swimming, beach volleyball, Asheville Tourists game, observatory, game night, movie
  • 11 p.m. – Lights out

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  • Use climate models to explore how various human activities cause greenhouse gas emissions, which, in turn, causes global temperatures to rise.
  • Take part in a world climate negotiation simulation and work with other world leaders to solve the climate crisis.
  • See first-hand how UNC Asheville promotes sustainability and climate action by touring campus facilities including solar photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle chargers, gardens and composting, forest preservation, and more!


Meet Your Faculty

Dr. Evan Couzo is an atmospheric and environmental scientist. He has been teaching at UNC Asheville since 2015.

Dr. Couzo’s graduate work in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill used complex computer models to study how air pollution is formed in the atmosphere. He was known to go to a basketball game or two and could be found at the Carrboro Farmer’s Market on most Saturdays. After grad school, Dr. Couzo moved to Boston for postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied how climate change will impact air pollution. When he wasn’t doing research, Dr. Couzo was playing in the snow with his dog. In a previous life, Dr. Couzo taught 7th grade math in the Mississippi Delta.

At UNC Asheville, Dr. Couzo has mentored a number of undergraduate research projects including an investigation of air pollution reductions caused by the retirement of the local coal-fired power plant, and an estimate of carbon dioxide emissions associated with Asheville’s craft brewing industry.

Dr. Couzo enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, reading, playing rugby, and other sorts of things that make him seem interesting and well-rounded.


Contact Us

Questions? Please contact us at camps@unca.edu.