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5K Run for Clean Air: A Winning Success

(June 2010) Clean Air Carolina’s First Annual 5K Run for Clean Air that took place on Saturday, May 22 was a great success thanks to our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and registrants. 275 adults and children came out to run, walk and tot trot in beautiful McAlpine...

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14,000+ Reasons to Turn Off Your Engine

Have you ever left your car engine idling for more than a minute while waiting to pick up your child or sitting at a drive-thru window?  Many of us have.  And most of us don’t grasp the harm that can be done during those 60 short seconds. Idling increases the amount...

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Climate Change in the Arctic: Global Implications

Clean Air Carolina hosted a roundtable discussion on February 17 focusing on the challenges and opportunities facing the United States and the international community regarding the rapidly warming Arctic climate. The special event was organized in partnership with the...

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EPA Proposes to Strengthen Ozone Standard

(January 8, 2010) This week, we can all breathe a little easier knowing the Obama administration has proposed a stronger federal standard on ground-level ozone pollution. On Thursday, the EPA announced a proposal to set the primary standard at a level scientists have...

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Schools Receive Grant to Reduce Diesel Pollution

Clean Air Carolina (CAC), in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Union County Public Schools (UCPS), received a $536,000 grant to reduce diesel emissions from school buses and fuel trucks. A joint press conference was held at Matthews Elementary...

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Clean Air Carolina Hosts Air Quality Roundtable with Regional Leaders

Clean Air Carolina and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Chair Jennifer Roberts convened a roundtable discussion of regional business, government, environmental and healthcare leaders on August 24 to discuss solutions to our air quality problems and learn from Atlanta’s experience dealing with similar issues in the 1990’s.

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Clean Air Carolina Goes to the Hill for Clean Construction

In June, CAC Director June Blotnick, and Program Director for the NC Clean Diesel Campaign Phil Rossi, met with NC Congressional representatives and staff members to advocate for clean construction provisions in the new transportation bill, Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009.

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Charlotte Ranked 8th Smoggiest City in 2009

According to the American Lung Association’s 2009 State of the Air report, the Charlotte metro region ranks eighth highest among the nation’s smoggiest cities, up from last year’s thirteenth spot. Once again, the report gives Mecklenburg County a failing grade for its...

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Professional Actions

Below are some tips you can use to "green" your office! Use compact fluorescent light bulbs in your office(s) Use daylighting when possible! Turn off all lights when you leave a room or the office for the day Power-down all computers, printers and other office...

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Personal Actions

Print our "8 Things Kids Can Do" Bookmarker! Smart Transportation: Walk, bike, rollerblade, or take mass transit to reduce the miles you drive Combine your errands and make one trip Don’t sit in the drive-thru lane or idle your engine in the carpool lane at school...

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