UNC will honor 25 students from Professor Don Hornstein's Environmental Law and Policy class for their contributions to victims of Hurricane Florence on Friday at the UNC School of Law.
The recognition of these students' work will kick off UNC’s Research Week, a semi-annual event which highlights the wide variety of ongoing research at Carolina and promotes ways for undergraduates to get involved.
Don Hornstein is a professor in the School of Law, where he is the Aubrey L. Brooks Chair. He is also a member of the University's Institute for the Environment and UNC’s Curriculum in Environment and Ecology.
For the past several years, he and his students have been working to pass legislative policy to assist rebuilding homeowners in coastal areas routinely affected by hurricanes. Over the summer, he and his students convinced the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association — a nonprofit insurance company that currently is state's largest single insurer of property at the North Carolina coast — to adopt a new endorsement to their insurance policies. This endorsement would allow homeowners who could prove hurricane wind and rain damage to have parts of their homes rebuilt at no additional cost.
“If their roofs are really damaged, and we need to replace their roofs, we will not just replace it, but we will put on … call it a 'super roof," Hornstein said.