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Youth in the Teen Climate Ambassador program create a model climate resilient city using cardboard.

YES Resilience: SEE Solutions

A multi-site project to support informal educators and diverse youth in developing locally relevant solutions to climate impacts in their communities, fostering youth environmental health literacy for climate resilience.

Johnson and Graves working together.


Through professional development focused on identifying and reducing exposure to environmental hazards in home and community settings, we propose to enhance the capacity of childcare and public health professionals to recognize hazards and recommend risk reduction strategies.

Mason jar with water sample

Superfund Research Program

With leading roles in the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Research Translation (RT) team for the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP), CPES increases understanding of harmful environmental exposures such as inorganic arsenic and develop solutions to prevent exposure to these contaminants in well water.

a group of teachers and park rangers at Pilot Mountain State Park

Schools in Parks Collaborative

A year-long professional development program for elementary teachers and NC State Park rangers to foster collaborative development of memorable learning experiences for students in State Parks.

Jordan Lake

Nutrient Management Study

As part of the Jordan Lake Nutrient Management Study, the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) engaged key stakeholders.

NC Energy Literacy Fellows

A year-long teacher professional development program showcasing current energy science, technologies and careers to enhance Energy Literacy Fellows’ ability to deliver energy-related content, conduct STEM-based activities and promote STEM career opportunities to students.

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NC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

For over a decade, we have educated NC health professionals and residents about lead as an environmental health hazard for young children. Those efforts were recently expanded to partner with NC DHHS to implement federal guidelines aimed at protecting pregnant women and their children from lead poisoning.

Megan Lane in lake measuring elevation for LOCSS project

Lake Observations by Citizen Scientists & Satellites (LOCSS)

We are enlisting citizen scientists to collect lake height measurements all over the world. These measurements, paired with satellite imagery of lake area, are helping us learn how water storage varies regionally.

teachers working in a group

IDEA Learners Teacher Fellowship

Iterative Design to Engage All (IDEA) Learners Teacher Fellowship Program is a long-duration professional development program for grades 9-12 science teachers to incorporate the science of PFAS into classroom instruction.

People look at a sediment core in a pond.

Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC

Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC is designed to engage middle and high school STEM teachers and their students in hands-on, inquiry-based activities to support student learning about earth and environmental science.