2018 Airkeeper Awards: Honoring Leaders for Their Air Quality Work

Mar 20, 2018

On March 7, Clean Air Carolina recognized 11 individuals and organizations from across the state for their leadership in working to improve air quality in North Carolina at the annual Airkeeper Awards reception. This year, we celebrated our Airkeepers in Winston-Salem at the new Footnote Coffee & Cocktails on the eve of our 2018 NC BREATHE conference. The celebration was attended by award recipients and their families, local air quality officials, medical professionals, leaders in air quality research, and other community leaders.

Awards were given in six categories: student or school, business, organization, individual, policymaker, and Medical Advocates for Healthy Air member. Award winners traveled from as far away as Asheville and Wilmington to spend the evening in Winston-Salem with Clean Air Carolina and share their victories to protect the air quality in their communities and beyond.

“I am very grateful for this honor. I know that my work will live on to impact generations to come,” said award-recipient Ron Ross, who won in the organization category for his work in Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor along with Mattie Marshall and William Hughes. “This recognition only serves to encourage me to do more for my community,” Mr. Ross added.

Previous award winners include Governor Roy Cooper, Devon Hall of the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH) in Duplin County, and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

“We are so happy to honor the people who inspire our efforts in advocacy and education for cleaner air,” noted June Blotnick, Executive Director of Clean Air Carolina. Here is the list of winners:

        Daniel Costa
      • BUSINESS
        Atrium Health and Novant Health
        Julie Mayfield
        Northwest Corridor Neighborhoods – Ron Ross, Mattie Marshall, William Hughes
      • SCHOOL
        Shamrock Gardens Elementary School – Pamela Grundy
        David Hill and Kayne Darrell


To learn more about the winners and their work, make sure to visit our Airkeeper Awards page where you can also see winners from previous years.