Welcome to the Wayne State University Center for Leadership in Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR)! This new National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences center is dedicated to understanding and mitigating adverse birth outcomes and serious developmental health problems that have been associated with exposure to volatile organic chemicals, a class of pollutants frequently present below the ground surface, especially in post-industrial cities like Detroit. These pollutants can migrate as a vapor into homes and buildings, creating an exposure pathway for human health impacts. We are excited that CLEAR will provide new methods for assessment, testing and mitigation to help reduce toxic exposures and improve health outcomes. It also will offer an important training component for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, providing them with an opportunity for hands-on field and laboratory research, micro-internships and a graduate certificate in urban environmental health.