No one group alone can slow climate change and improve air quality to advance public health. The solution requires the work of many. We’re stronger when we work together, and we strengthen our ability to address these issues. We achieve our mission through partnerships with communities, policymakers, medical professionals, teachers, industry leaders, volunteers, and individuals.
In 2018 Clean Air Carolina led the creation of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Climate Leaders, a broad coalition of Charlotte-area organizations. Our mission is simple: to push Charlotte to set ambitious climate goals, and then ensure we meet them. We are improving the health of our communities by advocating for clean energy and carbon-reducing strategies.
Through our partnership with ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities we are equipping civic leaders and community advocates with the knowledge, communications skills, and resources to speak and act confidently on climate change solutions. The Climate Ambassadors Program provides an opportunity for you to learn the latest about climate change impacts on North Carolina communities, solutions available right now that would decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs, and how to communicate these issues to everyone from members of your book group to your state representatives. Two-day virtual trainings are held throughout the year.
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.