CleanAIRE North Carolina

Healthy Climate. Healthy Air. Healthy People.

aka CleanAIRE NC   |   Charlotte, NC   |


We advocate for the health of all North Carolinians by pursuing equitable and collaborative solutions that address climate change and air pollution.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

June A. Blotnick

Main address

P.O. Box 5311

Charlotte, NC 28299 USA

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Formerly known as

Clean Air Carolina



NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We champion a statewide initiative to raise North Carolina’s air quality to exceed that of scientific recommendations. Energized by the research-proven fact that even the smallest air pollutants are toxic to our health, and by the urgency of pollution-induced climate change, we are a team driven to advance our mission: to ensure cleaner air quality for all North Carolinians through education and advocacy and by working with our partners to reduce sources of pollution.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


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.

Join our Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA) to get involved!

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

The CleanAIRE NC Citizen Science program engages North Carolinians in the fight for cleaner air.

Volunteers in the program take measurements, track, and help interpret the air quality captured by air monitoring devices. This allows us to collect data about the air we share. All across the state, scientists and change-makers can use the data we collect to make a difference in the air we breathe.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We equip people with the knowledge and tools to take action and chart a better future.

We partner with schools, healthcare systems, and community organizations to provide education on the health impacts of climate change and air pollution, and on effective strategies to improve health in their communities.

Become an NC Climate Ambassador! The Climate Ambassadors Program provides an opportunity for people across our state 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 both friends and family to their state representatives. Two-day virtual trainings are held throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 construction sector in North Carolina is seeing an increase in their business especially in the growth of hospitals and health care facilities. Because of the highly toxic nature of diesel exhaust Clean Air Carolina is focusing our outreach to healthcare systems to protect the health of patients, visitors, staff and construction workers. Clean construction projects take steps to reduce diesel emissions on construction sites by prioritizing the use of new equipment with particulate filters and enforcing an anti-idling policy.
Before 1996, diesel construction equipment had no emissions standards. The EPA adopted standards for diesel engines to reduce particle pollution by 90%. These standards have been phased in through 2015. While new engines meet the clean air standards there are still thousands of pieces of old equipment operating throughout North Carolina. But hospitals can include language in their bid contracts requiring cleaner equipment with modern pollution controls be used on site and limit unnecessary idling.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

No community should suffer more environmental burdens and subsequent health risks because of their race, class, or socioeconomic status.

As the world warms, and as communities across the globe organize to address widespread environmental damage, the issue of environmental justice has gained new urgency. A toxic mix of politics, economics and racism means that the damage done by pollution often weighs most heavily on the world’s most vulnerable communities. Environmental justice efforts target the root causes of the damage, identify its disparate impacts, and chart paths to restoration. Environmental justice is fueled by empowered communities that have the skills and knowledge to identify environmental risks, hold polluters accountable, and work with stakeholders to improve the health of residents and communities.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
American Indians
People of Latin American descent
Chronically ill people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are working to ensure North Carolina's air quality exceeds science-based air quality standards.

Core initiatives are: 1) Clear the Air for Kids, a school-based air quality program designed to engage public school students in the study and
measurement of air pollution using ozone gardens and citizen science monitoring; 2) Clean Construction Partnership, a program which currently reduces toxic diesel emissions at hospital and university construction sites; 3) Medical Advocates for Healthy Air, a statewide network of medical and public health professionals leading the call for healthier air and climate action by training other physicians, speaking with elected officials and serving on boards and commissions; and 4) AirKeepers, a program which engages individuals, organizations, government and schools in measuring hyper-local levels of invisible fine particle pollution using portable air sensors; 5) SolarCAC, a program in partnership with Renewable Energy Design Group, a North Carolina based solar energy company, which incentivizes solar installations for Clean Air Carolina members.

Clean Air Carolina also sponsors an annual NC BREATHE Conference, an interactive forum which brings together scientists with medical and public health leaders, university professors, advocates, government officials, and students. The goal is to share current research on air pollution's impact on health, the environment and the economy to better inform and make recommendations to policymakers.


New environmental issues and invitations to engage are brought to our attention on a daily basis from local, state, and federal groups. Decisions need to be made about whether or not we have the capacity to address them. One of the tools we’ve developed is a strategy screen which allows us to consider these requests through the lens of organizational priorities—both from a programmatic viewpoint and an organizational development viewpoint. The tool helps us decide if we get involved, and if so, what outcomes we hope to achieve, what our level of involvement should be, how long will it last, and which staff members are affected.

Staff and board also review our strategic plan several times a year to ensure we are on track to meet our goals and adjust those goals if necessary. At board and staff retreats in January we have the time to reflect on the plan and learn from our current practices, challenges and successes. Staff also reviews their individual work plans with their supervisor on a regular basis and adjustments are made regarding
goals and tactics if necessary.

One of the problems we experience is the lack of continuous, strategic coordination of North Carolina environmental groups to identify and work towards a common agenda. While we collaborate often on issues, we rarely discuss our collective work to achieve the broadest impacts. A statewide environmental planning conference would provide the space for this kind of discussion and enable individual
organizations to set their priorities based on strategic partnerships.

In terms of capacity-building needs within our sector, we need a statewide EJ training and conference for leaders of all environmental organizations in the state, perhaps conducted by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. If we are going to make progress, it’s critical that every organization working to foster healthy and sustainable communities understand what racial equity and environmental justice are, how these issues are manifested in communities across the state and how we can move forward with creating a common agenda to make this a priority for all organizations. It would also be helpful for EJ communities to have some kind of formal relationship with, or process for serving as a resource to, the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s new Environmental Equity and Justice Board. This is an opportunity to bring EJ issues to the forefront of DEQ’s agenda and we need to be diligent in what we need and what we have to offer to this new board.

staff and board, reputation, experience and knowledge, use of advisory board to extend staff work, state and national partnerships, strong connections to elected officials

Targeted STEM education in schools in the Historic West End
Expansion of the ozone program to J.T. Williams Montessori School
Historic West End Clean Air Corridor Report
Air quality education to 700 students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
No-idle signs and educational materials distributed to 400 schools in a 5-county region
Co-sponsored with Duke University’s Environmental Health Scholars Program a special issue of the NC Medical Journal on environmental health
NC BREATHE Conference in Winston-Salem focused on air pollution’s connection to community health
Organized 2019 NC BREATHE planning team which recruited keynote speakers and breakout session leaders for April, 2019 conference in Wilmington focused on environmental justice
Air quality health training to 400 health professionals
Held “train the trainer” session in Charlotte so MAHA members can deliver monthly air quality health training to pediatric residents at Levine Children’s Hospital
State of the Climate
Invited by EPA to present at first international air sensor conference on citizen science and AirKeepers program; Board member had poster presentation
Made presentations at seven additional conferences on the AirKeepers program
Filed new legal claims in lawsuit against Highway 540 in southern Wake County with Sound Rivers and Center for Biological Diversity
Filed lawsuit with NC NAACP challenging the legislature’s efforts to place four state constitutional amendments on the ballot this November that would threaten voting rights, radically restructure the government, and significantly erode the separation of state powers; we won an injunction which forced the legislature rewrite two misleading amendments about judicial appointments and board and commission appointments to explain the real purpose of the amendments. Voters rejected these amendments by wide margins
Filed comments against the proposed EPA’s transparency rule which would restrict the use of the best science in policy making; new partnerships with Michael J. Fox Foundation and Medical Consortium on Climate and Health
Led a stakeholder process resulting in the passage of Charlotte’s Strategic Energy Action Plan with goals of 100% low-carbon energy sources by 2030 in city operations and 100% low-carbon energy sources for the whole city by 2050
Comments presented to Durham County re: their 100% renewable energy resolution and Charlotte City Council re: their resolution and Strategic Energy Action Plan
A total of nine comments presented to government agencies on issues related to air pollution and climate change and a signed on to 20 joint sign on letters with other organizations
Invited to and attended Governor Cooper’s press conference on Executive Order 80: NC’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy
Formally celebrated the Clean Construction Partnership with Novant Health and Atrium Health; added UNC Charlotte to the Partnership as the first educational institution
Successfully advocated for a change in state oversight of companies using toxic methyl bromide to fumigate wood being shipped overseas which led to the state proposing an AAL (Ambient Air Level) being developed on this pollutant—the first state in the country to do so
Advised Historic West End leaders on a rezoning petition by a new source of pollution which was successfully defeated
Wood Pellet Industry: Met with Director of the NC Division of Air Quality and staff from the Governor’s office about the expansion of Enviva Wood Pellets re: permitting issues on their facilities in NC; set up air monitors in Richmond County where a new facility is under construction; presented comments at public hearing in Richmond County urging maximum control technology to reduce emissions
No-idle signage and educational materials distributed to 400 schools in five counties to reduce pollution from idling cars and buses

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve all North Carolinians. We work with health professionals, environmental justice communities, and citizen scientists.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


CleanAIRE North Carolina

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CleanAIRE North Carolina

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kwame Alexander

R.J. Leeper Construction

Term: 2019 - 2023

Board co-chair

Michael Jemison

Bank of America

Term: 2020 - 2024

Kwame Alexander

R.J. Leeper Construction

Donnetta Collier

Self-Help Credit Union

Leroy Fields

Well Fargo

Andrew George

Sigma X

Eric Hall


Michael Jemison

Bank of America

Brian Magi

UNC Charlotte

Joy Marshall


Allison Navarro

RESET Integrative Health Coaching

DeAndrea Salvador

NC State Senator

Allison Shockley

Becker Morgan Group

James Smith

Executive Sellers Realty

Deb Watt

Foundation for the Carolinas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/01/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.