Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring & Research Center was created in 1991 as a division of the Waste-management Education & Research Consortium in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. It offers various programs to respond to emerging health and environmental needs, and functions as a nucleus of research excellence supported through grant funding and service contracts. As a part of New Mexico State University, the center's research programs are conducted under the philosophy of academic freedom and independence from direct external control of research activities and outcomes. It also offers various services to help ensure that the public, workers and the environment are adequately protected from exposure to contaminants. The center provides for objective, independent health and environmental monitoring, and offers advanced training and educational opportunities. It additionally develops improved measurement methods, procedures and sensors, and establishes a health and environmental database that is accessible to all sectors. The center is located in Carlsbad, N.M.