2017 NC BREATHE Conference

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Nature Research Center
Raleigh, NC

Learn how we are Bridging Research on Economics and Air Quality for The Health of Everyone

Air Quality Policy Changes

How will recent changes to NC air quality policies and rules impact our health?

Air Pollution and Human Health

Find out about the latest research showing the growing health impacts of air pollution.

The Economic Value of Clean Air

Participate in discussions about making changes that will improve not only the health of North Carolinians, but also the local economic picture.

2017 NC BREATHE Conference - Full Capacity

Thank you for your interest in NC BREATHE. We have reached capacity for our 2017 conference. To ensure that you receive information about the 2018 NC BREATHE conference and our other events, please join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. For more information, please contact Laura Wenzel at laura@cleanaircarolina.org or 919-428-6296.

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To join Medical Advocates for Healthy Air: http://cleanaircarolina.org/programs/medical-advocates-for-healthy-air/

Hotel Information

Some conference attendees will be staying at Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. You may book by calling 855-914-1878 or use the link below:

NC BREATHE/Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Reservations

Carpool to the Conference!

The 2017 NC BREATHE Conference has a Carpool Page to allow attendees to post and find opportunities to carpool with other attendees. By carpooling, you can help contribute to the carbon neutrality of the conference, reduce road congestion, and save money!

Make carpooling arrangements here

Mission Statement

To provide an interactive forum for North Carolinians to share the latest research related to the impacts air pollution has on human health, the environment, and the economy, and to discuss the critical role policy making plays.

Morning Session

Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies

William Schlesinger, Ph.D.

James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry Emeritus
Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Emeritus
Duke University

Welcome & Introductions

Welcome & Introductions

June Blotnick, M.Ed.

Executive Director
Clean Air Carolina

Perspectives on 21st Century Air pollution Health Research Priorities

Perspectives on 21st Century Air pollution Health Research Priorities

Sri Nadadur, Ph.D.

Health Science Administrator
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Economic Consequences of Air Pollution from Electric Car Adoption

Economic Consequences of Air Pollution from Electric Car Adoption

Andrew Yates

Associate Professor, Economics
UNC-Chapel Hill

Energy and Our Environment: A Systems and Life Cycle Perspective

Energy and Our Environment: A Systems and Life Cycle Perspective

Rebecca Dodder, Ph.D.

Physical Scientist
Environmental Protection Agency

Afternoon Session

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Robin Smith

Clean Air Carolina is pleased to announce the 2017 NC BREATHE keynote speaker, Robin Smith. Ms. Smith served as Assistant Secretary for Environment at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources from 1999 to 2012, where she oversaw regulatory programs dealing with water quality, air quality, water supply, coastal development, mining, oil and gas production, and hazardous waste. Previously, as Special Deputy Attorney General in the Environmental Division of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Smith litigated cases defending state environmental policies. Currently operating a solo practice focused on environmental and energy law (Robin Smith Law Office PLLC). Ms. Smith received a B.A. from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina  School of Law.




Julia Kravchenko, Duke University
Wayne Cascio, EPA
Kristie Gutierrez, NC State University
Sri Nadadur, NIEHS


Adam Terando, U.S. Geological Survey
Ivan Urlaub, NC Sustainable Energy Association
Jeff Petrusa, RTI
Andy Yates, UNC Chapel Hill
Vicky Foust, NC A&T


Chris Weaver, EPA
Louie Rivers, NC State University
Bill Schlesinger, Cary Institute
Rebecca Dodder, EPA
Sushma Masemore, NC Division of Air Quality




June Blotnick,
Clean Air Carolina

Policy-maker Perspectives Luncheon

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

Program Committee

June Blotnick
Executive Director
Clean Air Carolina

H. Kim Lyerly
George Barth Geller Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery
Duke University

William G. Ross, Jr.
Brooks Pierce

Bill Schlesinger
James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry Emeritus
Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Emeritus
Duke University

Gary Silverman
School of Public Health Sciences
UNC Charlotte

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky
Science Communications Editor
NIEHS/Kelly Government Solutions

Marion Deerhake
Senior Research Scientist
Environmental Engineering
RTI International

Stephen Keener, MD
Medical Director
Mecklenburg County Health Department

Leslie Rhodes
Mecklenburg County Air Quality

Beth Hassett-Sipple
Environmental Health Scientist
US Environmental Protection Agency

Nicole Kim
Air, Climate and Energy Associate
US Environmental Protection Agency

Laura Wenzel
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
Clean Air Carolina

Viney Aneja
Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
NC State University

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