APRIL 6 – 7
1:00 – 5:00 PM


Clean Air Carolina’s annual NC BREATHE Conference brings together a diverse group of North Carolina stakeholders to learn about current issues at the intersection of health, equity, and climate change and, using sound science, make recommendations to decision-makers aimed at protecting those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change.

William Barber, III, J.D.

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Climate Reality Project

William J. Barber III is the Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Climate Reality Project. He also serves as a member of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board, as well as co-chair for the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign Ecological Devastation Committee. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and is deeply interested in environmental policy, having completed work with the UNC Law Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics as well as with Clean Water for North Carolina and Clean Energy Works. Barber has several years of experience in grassroots and community organizing, working as a field secretary for the North Carolina NAACP.

Our 2021 NC BREATHE Conference will be virtual. More details coming soon. See past conferences here.


We are pleased to announce a Call for Abstracts for the NC BREATHE 2021 conference on “Health, Equity, and the Climate Crisis in North Carolina.” The conference will feature research on the impacts of climate change and air quality on equity and health. From the submissions, three abstract authors will be selected to give a short lightning talk presentation about their poster and research. The deadline for abstract submission is midnight March 14, 2021. Questions? Email [email protected]