The Center mission is to facilitate and conduct environmental research, deliver environmental education and to provide environmental services to the public.
The Center accomplishes its mission by working internally with faculty and students and externally with other universities, public agencies, with the private sector and with private landowners.
The Center has worked with Troy University graduate students and faculty and the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority to develop a significant body of water quality information on rivers and streams in SE Alabama. The Center works with a number of organizations including the Wiregrass RC&D Council and Alabama Water Watch to deliver water quality education to teachers.
The Center worked with the Alabama Department of Environmental management to facilitate groundwater festivals in SE Alabama and facilitates the annual Pike County Groundwater Festival. The Festival is an educational event for all 4th grade students in Pike County that is funded with grants and generous donations from local businesses.
The Center was instrumental in the founding of the Environmental Education Association of Alabama, the Alabama Water Watch Program and the Alabama Water Watch Association. The Center also played a significant role in the initial creation of the very successful recycling program in the City of Troy. At the state level, CERS was instrumental in helping to design the Alabama Revolving Loan Fund for water and wastewater infrastructure which EPA recognized as one of the most innovative such programs in the nation.