In the summer of 2016 the North Carolina General Assembly established and funded the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory (Collaboratory) at UNC-Chapel Hill (UNC). The Collaboratory was created to utilize and disseminate the environmental research expertise of the University of North Carolina system for practical use by state and local government.
My role as a policy associate at the UNC Institute for the Environment has allowed me to support the operations of the Collaboratory since its formation. The Collaboratory is playing an important role in leading research projects that address the most critical environmental and natural resource issues in the state. The Collaboratory is also increasing the capacity of UNC to engage with decision-makers at the state and local levels to ensure that timely research is informing management and policy choices.