The Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill will expand its thanks to a new $5.7 million contract with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The institute has hosted the modeling and analysis center since 2003. It has developed a model for air quality and pollution levels, the information being used to address air quality issues.

The new contract covers seven years.

"This contract provides valuable environmental technology to the state and nation, and important high end research and development jobs to UNC and the state," said Lawrence Band, director of the institute. "This award is a good reflection of the vital role the CEMPD plays in the science and policy of air quality and human health."