Our mission: Improving understanding of current environmental science and building capacity to protect the environment and public health.

ERP_catch 1We recognize that research results can be a powerful springboard for transforming thought and actions. Current, peer-reviewed environmental science and health research drives all of our outreach and engagement efforts. At the same time, we are aware that scientific research often requires thoughtful translation to be understandable and useful to both our partners and the public at large.

Our staff engages diverse audiences using a variety of tools including hands-on demonstrations, interactive workshops, and technical training. ERP_workshopOur science communication and research translation efforts ensure that the public is better able to understand how the environmental science emerging from UNC is important and relevant to our daily lives.
Our partners are a diverse and committed group of professionals who share our mission of using science-based evidence to improve the health of humans and the environment.

Our work connects us to nearby neighborhoods as well as communities throughout North Carolina. In addition to our long-term collaborations with the Town of Chapel Hill, we have worked extensively in communities ranging from the mountains of Jackson County in the west to the coastal waters of Pasquotank County in the east. We also collaborate with partners throughout the country on environmental issues with a national scope.

Last year we directly engaged over 2500 North Carolinians in schools, churches, community centers, office complexes, and anywhere else that people gather. We also used conventional media and social media as tools to extend our reach into communities throughout the state and nation. 


Core Center for Public Engagement with Science funding comes from the UNC Institute for the Environment.

Additional funding is provided by the UNC-Chapel Hill Superfund Research Program and the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility through grants from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences.

Funding is also provided by the National Science Foundation.

Specific projects are supported by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fundthe Wallace Genetic Foundation and The Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation.