For over 30 years, the Environmental Resource Program (ERP) has connected UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students to North Carolina communities, sharing emerging science and other resources to help communities address local environmental issues and increase environmental literacy. We are available to assist faculty on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus as you seek to expand the reach of your environmental science and health-related research to broader audiences.

ERP can help you design an outreach initiative that is tailored to your research interests and feasible given available funding and the capacity of ERP and other campus resources. In addition to project implementation, the ERP can provide grant-writing support, conduct project evaluation and administer learning assessments for reporting purposes. Contact Kathleen Gray at kgray@unc.edu to discuss collaboration opportunities.

K-12 Teachers and Students

  • The ERP has introduced thousands of teachers and hundreds of middle and high school students to emerging environmental science. We are experienced in partnering with scientists to develop broader impacts initiatives and regularly implement projects ranging from developing curricula to conducting professional development workshops for teachers and summer science enrichment programs for students.
  • ERP staff understands the realities of the K-12 classroom, adoption of state and national science education standards and the key attributes of today’s learning environments.

Communities

  • The ERP has decades of experience in partnering with community-based organizations to inform vulnerable populations about environmental exposures in their homes and communities.
  • The ERP also has experience partnering with scientists to communicate their research through the creative use of video, educational demonstrations and exhibits, science cafes, and public service announcements.

Policymakers

  • The ERP can assist you in translating your research for op-ed pieces in the news or communication with policymakers.

Extended Partnerships

For over a decade, the ERP has successfully partnered with researchers to conduct community engagement and research translation for multi-PI research centers such as the UNC Superfund Research Program and the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. To discuss opportunities for the ERP to be involved in your research center’s community engagement and research translation initiatives contact Kathleen Gray at kgray@unc.edu.