The CEC works on a variety of projects to support our partners and impacted communities to address environmental health issues. On these pages, you will find information on some of our projects, and additional resources to use in your own community.
The CEC runs a Community Grant program to help nonprofits and community groups address environmental health issues. A call for proposals is issued once every two years. This year, grantees received up to $8,000 to collect information, analyze data, engage communities, and educate stakeholders.
Thanks to Transfer Co. Food Hall, CEC is hosting a free event series called Beer-Reviewed Science. CHHE researchers sit down with community members to discuss popular environmental health topics while enjoying brews and food from Transfer Co. This is a great way to be introduced to CHHE, environmental health research, and local experts in a super casual environment (no boring graphs allowed!).
Since 2017, the CEC and Center researchers have been working with communities in North Carolina impacted by PFAS chemicals in drinking water. More recently, we are learning about how to address exposures through air and soil.
High school science teachers participate in an 8-week summer professional development program at NC State University, hosted by CHHE. The PD program provides teachers with immersive lab research experiences under the guidance of a mentor scientist. Additionally, educational and outreach activities are embedded in the program to support teachers’ development of content and pedagogical knowledge in environmental health sciences.
Most fish in North Carolina are safe to eat, but some fish in some lakes and rivers are unsafe due to high levels of contaminants in those waterbodies. When that happens, a fish consumption advisory is set for those species. The CEC has been working with UNC, Duke, state agencies, and fishermen to improve how we communicate these advisories, especially to vulnerable populations.
The CEC works closely with partners in Durham, NC to address toxic metals in the environment and in the home.