Thank you!

for 12 hours of giving back to North Carolina communities

Plug-in • Give Back

On November 10th, CleanAIRE NC hosted our annual State of the Climate celebration, a 12-hour online giving campaign. Thank you to those who joined us!
We are grateful to everyone who entered our trivia challenge, shared their feedback, attended our Climate and Health panel, and especially to those who gave back. Because of you, we were able to raise an incredible $25,893 in just 12 hours, exceeding our goal of $25,000.
State of the Climate 2021

A Conversation on Climate and Health in North Carolina

On November 10th, CleanAIRE NC hosted a virtual panel discussion to hear from leading voices in public policy, healthcare, and citizen science. Panelists spoke about climate solutions driving health benefits and opportunities to get involved. Moderated by WUNC climate reporter Celeste Gracia, the event featured:

Jennifer Lawson, M.D.
Pediatrician, Duke Health

DeAndrea Salvador
NC State Senator, District 29

Sarav Arunachalam
UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Each year, CleanAIRE NC honors individuals, organizations, and partners who have shown extraordinary commitment to tackling the climate crisis and improving North Carolina’s air quality. Congratulations to our 2021 Blue Sky Award winners! Learn more about our Blue Sky Award winners here.

Partner of the Year

Southern Environmental Law Center

Accepting the award: Nick Jimenez

The team at SELC (Derb Carter, Gudrun Thompson, Mary Maclean Asbill, and Nick Jimenez) have worked tirelessly with CleanAIRE NC to represent North Carolina communities going up against big polluters. We successfully petitioned the NC Environmental Management Commission for North Carolina to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, putting our state on a path to cut carbon emissions and build a clean energy economy. SELC and CleanAIRE NC also successfully challenged the biogas industry in eastern NC, securing improved community health protections at a Sampson County facility. Accepting the award on behalf of the SELC team is staff attorney Nick Jimenez, who leads SELC’s solar work in North Carolina.

Alan Burns Legacy Award


Accepting the award: Shruti Agrawal and Samiksha Pyndi

Framework4Future is a team of environmental youth activists committed to developing the next generation of civic leaders. Accepting the Alan Burns Legacy award are Shruti Agrawal and Samiksha Pyndi, members of Framework4Future’s sustainability program. Both Shruti and Samiksha successfully completed our NC Climate Ambassadors workshops to become community leaders in the fight against climate change. They co-organized last year’s Cool Globes event in Charlotte where youth members of F4F gave presentations about the climate crisis. Shruti is also the founder of New Normal, an environmental club that motivates high schoolers to think proactively about climate solutions.

Volunteer of the Year

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts has been a lifelong advocate for clean air and environmental justice. As Mayor of Charlotte she introduced a 100% Clean Energy Resolution for the City. Jennifer headed the Communities Program on climate solutions for ecoAmerica. She also Chaired the Mecklenburg County Commission, where she championed energy reduction and conservation in County operations and spearheaded a Clean Air Works initiative to reduce carbon emissions from local businesses. Jennifer is currently on the Steering Committee of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Climate Leaders, and is a lead trainer for our NC Climate Ambassador workshops.