APRIL 9, 2020

UNC Charlotte

Center City

Clean Air Carolina’s annual NC BREATHE Conference provides 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.


UNC Charlotte Center City
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202


General Admission: $75
Student Admission: $25

*For those whom the registration fee and travel would impede their participation, we may be able to off a conference scholarship. For more information, contact [email protected]​


Interested in sharing information about your organization at NC BREATHE? You can register to be an exhibitor, which includes an exhibitor table, admission for two and your organization’s logo in the conference program. Exhibitor space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The conference will take place April 9, 2020, at UNC Charlotte Center City. For questions or comments about exhibitor registration, please email Kerstan Ryan at [email protected].


William Barber III, J.D.

The Climate Reality Project

William Barber III is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he received the Kenan Scholarship. In 2015, Barber was the Keynote Speaker for the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network Summit. Barber was the President of North Carolina Central University’s chapter of NAACP, and received the NCCU Certificate of Recognition upon his graduation in 2013.

Call for Posters

We are pleased to announce a Call for Posters on research presentations for the 2020 NC BREATHE Conference. The conference will focus on the theme of “Climate Crisis, Health and Equity in North Carolina.” It will feature research on the impacts of air quality and climate change on equity, health, economics, and the environment. From the submissions, three abstract authors will be selected to give a short lightning talk presentation about their poster and research following the lunch session. The deadline for abstract submission is midnight March 1, 2020.

NC BREATHE Conference attendees have the opportunity to book a room for a one-night stay (4/8-4/9) at a discounted rate at Holiday Inn Charlotte-Center City (230 N College Street) using the online group code NCB. The last day to book at the group rate is March 9, 2020.

Reservations can also be made by calling the Hotel directly at (704) 335-5400 Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM or by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY. When calling in to make reservations guests must identify themselves as members of the NC Breathe 2020

Viney Aneja, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

NC State University

Gerald Babao

Director of Operations

Clean Air Carolina

June Blotnick, M.Ed.

Executive Director

Clean Air Carolina

Candace Cahoon, B.S.A.S., R.R.T., R.C.P.

Program Coordinator/RT Case Manager

Vidant Health

Jamie Cole, J.D.

Policy Manager, Environmental Justice, Air & Materials

NC Conservation Network

Dan Costa, Sc.D.

National Program Director for Air, Climate & Energy (retired)

U.S. E.P.A.


Director for the Academy of Population Health Innovation, Professor

UNC Charlotte

Andrew Harver, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Health Sciences

UNC Charlotte

Beth Hassett-Sipple, M.S.P.H.

Science Associate, Air, Climate, & Energy Research Program

U.S. E.P.A.

Stephen Keener, M.D.

Public Health Consultant


Kelby Welsh


Duke University

Kim Lyerly, M.D.

George Barth Geller Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery

Duke University

Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, M.S.P.H.

Manager, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air

Clean Air Carolina

Stan Meiburg, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Bill Ross, Jr., J.D.


Brooks Pierce

Kerstan Ryan, M.N.L.M.

Development Manager

Clean Air Carolina