CleanAIRE NC Health

Doctors, nurses, and health professionals are among the most trusted messengers on the health impacts of air pollution and climate change.

Through CleanAIRE NC Health, we provide resources to help health professionals discuss climate change and air pollution with their patients, train health professionals to leverage their trusted voices and advocate for equitable solutions that improve health in our communities now and for future generations, and work with healthcare systems and universities to rein in their harmful emissions. Health professionals can join our statewide NC Clinicians for Climate Action network to lead the call for clean air and climate health.

Education

We provide health education to prepare clinicians for clinical practice and leadership in a changing climate, to help patients identify and adapt to climate impacts and air pollution, and to build resilience in our healthcare infrastructure. Our work includes:

  • Advocating for curriculum reform in North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Residency Programs. 
  • Leading training sessions with residents and other medical professionals on the impacts of climate change and air pollution on health, and the implications for clinical practice. 
  • Working with grassroots community groups to provide education on the health effects of climate change and air pollution to community members.

Advocacy

CleanAIRE NC holds polluters accountable and advocates for policy solutions that lead to better health for our communities. A rapid and fair transition to clean energy is needed to ensure North Carolinians have clean air to breathe now, and a stable climate for the health and prosperity of future generations.

NC Clinicians for Climate Action (NCCCA) is a key component of our advocacy work, and we provide the training and tools to help our NCCCA members effectively communicate the health co-benefits of clean energy, clean transportation, and clean air.

CleanAIRE NC Health also enables us to center our policy and citizen science work in solutions that benefit health. Citizen scientists in Charlotte’s Historic West End, after monitoring particle pollution for several years, presented a report to the Mecklenburg County Commission and requested a federal monitor be placed in the community. Residents can now check air pollution levels at that monitor on the County’s website at any time.

Clean Construction Partnership

Diesel-powered construction equipment has long been a major source of air pollution on construction sites. As one of the fastest-growing states in the country, the demand for construction continues to climb. The Clean Construction Partnership aims to reduce particulate matter exposure and its adverse health effects by adopting clean construction standards. Clean construction projects take steps to reduce diesel emissions on construction sites by prioritizing the use of new equipment with modern pollution controls and limit unnecessary idling.

Current members of our Clean Construction Partnership include some of the largest hospital and university systems in the state: Atrium Health, Novant Health, UNC Charlotte, and East Carolina University.

To learn more about clean construction standards, view this Clean Construction Contract Specification.

NC Clinicians for Climate Action Advisory Board

We couldn’t do it without the dedication of our amazing board members. Board members are leaders for the program. They provide support, review CleanAIRE NC Health initiatives, give expert feedback and advice, and attend quarterly meetings. If you or someone you know would like to join our advisory board, please contact us.

Meet our Advisory Board members from across the state, consisting of medical and health professionals:

Stephanie Johannes

Stephanie Johannes

Manager, Health

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Resources

Find all our current resources on heath.