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EPA, A&T partner on research, education

January 27, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency and N.C. A&T have formally agreed to work together to increase the number of environmental engineers and scientists, to improve the region’s environment, and to develop new solutions to environmental issues.

Those are among the objectives of an agreement signed on January 19 by Chancellor Harold L. Martin, Sr., and Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, the EPA’s regional administrator.

Under the broad-ranging memorandum of understanding, the EPA and the university will provide mutual technical assistance in such areas as environmental health research, computational toxicology, climate change research, and workforce development.  N.C. A&T will take the lead in research programs on brownfields.

The creation of Center for Environmental Health & Community Risk Information Management at A&T also is envisioned in the document, as well as a climate change research and modeling program.

The agreement includes these general goals:

  • An increase in the number of minorities with careers in environmental science and environmental engineering.
  • The improvement of the environment in the Piedmont Triad region.
  • Greater understanding of local pollution causes and effects.
  • Greater awareness of environmental stewardship ethics among students and local residents.
  • Research and development of novel techniques for radiation cleanup using, for example, discoveries in nanoengineering and nanoscience.
  • Research for discovery and innovations relevant to understanding and mitigating environmental health issues in the community.
  • Offering opportunities for research experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in the area of molecular environmental toxicology and environmental research.