CAC Honors Airkeepers for Improving Air Quality

Mar 25, 2015

Raleigh, NC – Four North Carolinians working to improve air quality will be recognized at a special Airkeeper Awards reception on March 26, the eve of the first NC BREATHE Conference in Raleigh. Clean Air Carolina’s annual tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their leadership in air quality protection will highlight the contributions of a diverse group including an elected official and a respiratory therapist working with pediatric asthma patients. Representatives from the medical community, environmental organizations, government and universities will gather to honor the work of the following individuals:

  • William G. Ross, Jr., JD, Raleigh attorney, visiting scholar at Duke University, and former Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources when the NC Clean Smokestacks Act was passed to reduce emissions from 14 coal plants;
  • Rep. Verla Insko, ten-term NC House member from Chapel Hill with a long record of clean air and health policy advocacy;
  • Lisa C. Johnson, RRT, RCP, BAS, AE-C, Coordinator of Vidant Health’s Pediatric Asthma Program, Co-chair of the Asthma Alliance of North Carolina and Advisory Board Member of Medical Advocates for Healthy Air; and
  • Jason West, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill whose research focuses on air quality, climate change and related health impacts.

The awards will be presented by Clean Air Carolina’s Executive Director June Blotnick and Bill Schlesinger, former dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Special remarks will be made by Ken Cook, President and co-founder of Environmental Working Group, a 20 year old organization based in Washington, DC dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

“We are delighted to honor these individuals whose professional leadership and personal commitment to the cause of clean air is resulting in healthier communities across our state,” said Blotnick.

The Airkeeper Awards reception will take place at 18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Avenue, Raleigh between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Media representatives planning to attend the awards ceremony should RSVP to June Blotnick at [email protected] or 704-307-9528.

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Clean Air Carolina is a nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, NC with a satellite office in the Triangle. Our mission is to ensure cleaner air quality for all North Carolinians through education and advocacy and by working with our partners to reduce sources of pollution.