Meet Our 2023 Blue Sky Award Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of our 2023 Blue Sky Awards!

Each year CleanAIRE NC honors individuals, organizations, and partners who have shown extraordinary commitment to combatting climate change and air pollution in North Carolina. 

Winners accepted their awards on November 4, 2023 at a CleanAIRE Affair, our annual fundraiser.

The 2023 Blue Sky Award Winners:

sherri white

COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sherri White-Williamson, Environmental Justice Community Action Network

Sherri White-Williamson is a native of Sampson County, NC, where she co-founded the Environmental Justice Community Action Network (EJCAN) to help surrounding communities improve the environment where they live, work, play, and pray. Through EJCAN she empowers communities with the technical, scientific, legal, educational, and funding resources they need to overcome environmental injustices. White-Williamson is also the Director of Environmental Justice Strategy at the North Carolina Conservation Network (NCCN), where she focuses on aligning NCCN’s policy and outreach efforts with environmental justice goals. She earned her Juris Doctor and a Masters in Energy Regulation and Law at Vermont Law School.

kwame alexander

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander has served as the Chair of CleanAIRE NC’s Board of Directors since 2020. Throughout his tenure he has confidently guided CleanAIRE NC through several major transitions, including an organizational rebrand and the search for a new Executive Director. Alexander has worked in the construction industry for 17 years, showcasing his passion for collaborative teamwork and a depth of industry knowledge. His adaptable, enthusiastic leadership has been instrumental to CleanAIRE NC’s growth and success over the past several years.

Yancey Fouche

ALAN BURNS LEGACY AWARD

Davidson Sustainability Scholars, Yancey Fouché

As Director of Sustainability at Davidson College, Yancey Fouché works to bring diverse people together to create positive change for communities and the natural world. Since 2017 Fouché has led the development and implementation of Davidson’s Climate Action Plan targeting 50% emissions reduction over five years, along with campus transportation planning, and wide-ranging projects and educational programming connecting students, alumni, faculty, staff and community. She is particularly proud of heading Davidson’s Sustainability Scholars summer internship program, matching students with a passion for the environment with Charlotte-area organizations and mentors (including CleanAIRE NC) and helping them launch impactful careers.

ray addison

COMMUNITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Ray Addison, Go-Station

Originally from the Northeast, Ray Addison II found his calling in sustainability, innovation, and mobility after moving to Charlotte 13 years ago. He currently serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Go-Station, a start-up deploying EV charging solutions across the United States. Always seeking to make a positive impact on his adopted Charlotte community, Addison was thrilled by the opportunity to help build a Green District in the Historic West End.  He works closely with CleanAIRE NC and community advocates to deploy charging stations in neighborhoods that are often an afterthought for EV infrastructure.

ron ross

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Ron Ross

Community leader and citizen scientist Ron Ross lives in Charlotte, where he serves as President of the Northwood Estates Community Organization. Ross partners with other local leaders and CleanAIRE NC to collect air quality data from BIPOC communities in the Historic West End. In 2019 he presented evidence demonstrating the Historic West End’s unequal pollution burden, ultimately securing the installation of a federal air monitoring station within the community. Ross continues to collaborate with local leaders and CleanAIRE NC to establish a Historic West End Green District that spreads clean air awareness, mobilizes residents to reduce harmful air pollution, and creates new green infrastructure.