CleanAIRE NC Health

Clean Construction Partnership

We’re working with some of the largest hospital systems and universities in the state to adopt construction practices that reduce air pollution and its adverse health effects.

Hospitals should be a place we go to improve our health and recover. But whenever hospitals expand their facilities and campuses, diesel-powered construction equipment can become a major source of local air pollution, including particulate matter. CleanAIRE NC works with major healthcare systems and universities to protect the health of patients, visitors, students, staff, and construction workers through clean construction practices that reduce harmful diesel emissions on construction sites.

Diesel Pollution

Diesel-powered construction equipment can become a major source of local air pollution. It contains 40 toxic compounds and produces fine particulate matter, which can cause many adverse health outcomes including asthma, heart and lung disease, stroke, and cancer. Diesel exhaust may linger in the atmosphere around construction sites, contaminating the air and resulting in exposure long after the machines are turned off.

The Partnership

The universities and healthcare systems that join the Partnership commit to implementing construction standards that will ensure healthier air for their communities. Best practices include prioritizing the use of newer equipment with modern pollution controls and limiting unnecessary engine idling by construction vehicles.

Partnership Members

patients, employees, and students served by the hospital systems and universities in the Partnership


Want to learn more? Our Clean Construction Toolkit can help you get started.


CleanAIRE NC is looking for new partners to join us! Email us at [email protected] to find out how you can get involved.

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