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The Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) partners with faculty to translate environmental knowledge and research results into action in North Carolina communities and beyond.

Through informal science education and community engagement initiatives, the CPES enhances public understanding of current environmental science and health research and its relevance to daily life, empowering North Carolinians to make informed decisions that protect the environment and public health.

By leveraging UNC-Chapel Hill’s extensive capabilities in environmental science, we help build our partners’ capacity to support healthy communities. In partnership with community leaders and with funding from NASA, NIH, NSF, NCDHHS, NCDEQ and private foundations, the Institute directly engages more than 2,500 North Carolinians annually.