the university's outreach activities in the environmental area is the Environmental
Resource Program (ERP), run jointly by the School of Public Health and the
CEP. Established in 1985 to link the environmental resources of the University
with the citizens of North Carolina, the ERP is one of only a handful of university-sponsored
programs of its kind in the nation. It provides training, technical assistance,
educational materials, online resources and policy research to North Carolina's
environmental and community groups, local governments and public schools. It also
convenes workshops among diverse stakeholders on strategic environmental issues.
It maintains the Carolina Health and Environmental Community Center (CHECC) web
site and its CHECC Listservs. It undertakes environmental education. It publishes
the Guide to North Carolina Environmental Groups.
The Environmental Resource Program also ensures that community concerns and issues
are incorporated into every aspect of each North Carolina-based site in the CEPs
field site network. ERP staff work with environmental organizations and agencies
in the host communities of the CEP field sites Highlands and Macon County;
Manteo and Currituck, Dare and Tyrrell Counties; Morehead City and Carteret County;
and the Research Triangle Area. They strive to assemble a diverse group of local
leaders in each area who advise site staff, particularly with regard to the key
environmental issues facing each host community. These Community Advisory Board
members also help the CEP create a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience for
its field site students.