North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

"The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) works to protect North Carolina's environment and natural resources. DEQ administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public's health. DEQ also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs provided at DEQ facilities and through the state's school system. Through its natural resource divisions, DEQ works to protect fish, wildlife and wilderness areas, along with ensuring drinking water is safe."

NC DEQ Divisions

There are several divisions of the DEQ that aim to support environmental education throughout the state of NC.  Please click on each division to learn more.

Air Quality

"Protects and improves outdoor, or ambient, air quality in NC for the health benefit and economic well-being of all, through a statewide air quality monitoring network to measure the level of pollutants in our air..."

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Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources

"Seeks to promote the wise use and protection of NC's land and geologic resources."

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Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

"Helps expand the use of sustainable practices regarding waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and emissions reductions."

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Division of Coastal Management

"Works to protect, conserve and manage NC's coastal resources through an integrated program of planning, permitting, education and research."

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Environmental Education & Public Affairs

"Supports DEQ's initiatives and objectives through communications, outreach and dissemination of information to the public in a professional and universally understood way."

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Water Infrastructure

This division "provides financial assistance for projects that improve water quality."

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Marine Fisheries

"This division is responsible for the stewardship of the state's marine and estuarine resources. The DMF's jurisdiction encompasses all coastal waters and extends to 3 miles offshore."

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Water Resources

This division ensures safe drinking water in accordance with federal requirements, issues pollution control permits, monitors permit compliance, evaluates environmental water quantity and quality, and carries out enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations."

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Mitigation Services

"This division restores and protects wetlands and waterways for future generations while offsetting unavoidable environmental damage from economic development."

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Waste Management

"The primary purpose of this division is to protect public health and the environment by assuring that solid and hazardous wastes and underground storage tanks are managed properly, and that existing contamination is cleaned up."

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Outreach and Education

The NC DEQ's aim is to "increase environmental literacy" in the state of North Carolina.  It does this by offering "environmental education opportunities to the public and provides teachers...with the training and tools they need...." Training and assistance is also provided to citizens and businesses regarding environmental issues and resources.

Educator Resources

From resources on air quality, water, recycling, geology, coastal areas, and erosion and sediment control, teachers can find a wealth of resources to share with students in their classrooms.

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Enivronmental Justice

"DEQ’s mission, 'Provide science-based environmental stewardship for the health and prosperity of all North Carolinians,' can only be accomplished if fighting for Environmental Justice is part of every DEQ activity."    

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Preserving our state's natural resources is an important goal of the NC DEQ; the department does this by "encouraging widespread stewardship of NC's water, air and land" resources.

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Learn more about programs offered, organic and compost recycling, general recycling information, and much more.

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Distance Learning

Access to "free teacher and student materials" for distance learning activities; more content is added as new content becomes available.

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Access to all types of grants for local businesses and governments pertaining to Air and Recycling, Water, and Coastal resources.

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Public Involvement Programs

"Public participation is an integral part of the environmental process which helps to ensure that decisions are made in the consideration of and to benefit public needs and preferences."

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Recognition Programs

Recognizing businesses and other entities in the state of NC, who contribute to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

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NC Environmental Education

Find resources on professional development, field trips, curriculum and lesson plans, justice, diversity and inclusion, and much more.

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