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by Calvin Cupini Equipped with air quality sensors, Charlotte’s Historic West End is trying to reverse decades of environmental injustice. During the separate-and-unequal era of Jim Crow segregation, African American neighborhoods all over the country faced racially targeted land-use decisions. These policies pushed communities into areas with fewer resources that were often at greater risk...
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by Jessica Jones “We are a community of learners, who through relationships are building awareness of environmental, racial, social, and economic inequities. This knowledge inspires us to serve with our communities to advocate, to heal, and to ‘lift as we climb.'” I have the privilege of exploring science with the most passionate, curious group of...
by Calvin Cupini Communities in Charlotte’s Historic West End frequently live in close proximity to major sources of harmful air pollution. For the past several years Clean Air Carolina has been partnering with community residents to tackle this environmental justice challenge, working together to monitor local air quality, convene stakeholders, write reports, and hold meetings...
by Andrew Whelan For something that impacts us every second of every day, air quality can seem very intangible compared to other day-to-day concerns. “Most people don’t even think about air pollution,” explains Thomas Hillis. “It can be easy to just forget about, because it’s often invisible.” As the Air Awareness Coordinator for Forsyth County,...
by Mary Ellis Stevens A lot has changed since my first climate strike in the freezing rain back in February — I’ve swapped my beanie for sunglasses and a trucker hat and replaced my down sleeping bag with a bottle of sunscreen. Friday’s security shift at the Government Center has finally stopped eyeing me curiously,...
by Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky At last week’s Sustainable Fleet Technology Conference & Expo, the NC Clean Energy Technology Center presented Clean Air Carolina with the 2019 Mobile CARE Award (Organization Category). This award is given to an organization that has shown leadership in reducing transportation-related emissions in North Carolina. This can be achieved through educational efforts...
by Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky If you’ve been outside at all in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that it’s brutally hot out. We are in the midst of a record-breaking heatwave, and just experienced the hottest June on record. We can expect future heatwaves to be longer and more intense as the climate crisis worsens....
by Daniel Parkhurst As you may have seen from our recent posts about the wood pellet industry in North Carolina, Clean Air Carolina is working hard to reduce dangerous emissions from Enviva and other biomass producers. Manufacturing wood pellets releases air pollutants that cause serious health concerns for surrounding communities. Now, a new report is...
by Pamela Grundy and Andrew Whelan As part of our ongoing effort to make air pollution visible, Clean Air Carolina has built and maintained dozens of ozone gardens at schools and other venues through our Clean Air for Kids program. Last week, we brought our campaign right to the steps of the governor’s mansion. On...
by Daniel Parkhurst This month Clean Air Carolina, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), won a settlement with Enviva Hamlet and the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that will result in a 95% reduction in dangerous emissions from a key unit at the Enviva Hamlet facility....
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