Mission Statement

To provide 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.

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Can AERMOD Accurately Predict Ammonia Concentrations in Areas of Heavy Agricultural Production?

Jordan Baker
Graduate, Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences
North Carolina State University

THEOPHRASTE NOUSSI, Halley Brantly, Kshitij Kumar, Collis Johnson, John Bang
Environmental Engineering and Medicine
North Carolina Central University





Update participants about recent research in air quality and health.


This presentation will give an update on the most recent research on the human health effects of air pollution, including recent work from H. Kim Lyerly and Julia Kravchenko.




Inform participants about the increased chance of wildfires due to climate change and the associated health effects.


Increasing incidence of wildfires in North Carolina is associated with climate change. The US EPA is working to study the associated health effects of wildfires and learning how to better inform the affected communities.


For What it's Worth: Why and How We Put a Value on Air Quality


Inform participants about the cost associated with air quality health effects.


This presentation will provide a brief history and rationale for the U.S. EPA’s approach to analyzing the economic value of the health burdens from air pollution, and to conducting economic benefit analyses for air pollution regulations.


Viney Aneja, Ph.D.

Department of Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Professor

NC State University

June Blotnick, M.Ed.

Executive Director

Clean Air Carolina

Dan Costa, M.D., Sc.D.

Former Air, Climate and Energy Program Director

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Allison Hellenga

Communication and Events Coordinator, Office of Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Stephen Keener, M.D.

Former Medical Director

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Ellen Kirrane, M.S.P.H., PH.D.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Kim Lyerly, M.D.

George Barth Geller Professor in Cancer Research, Professor of Surgery

Duke University

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

Medical Advocates for Healthy Air Program Manager

Clean Air Carolina

Stan Meiburg, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University

Bill Ross Jr., J.D.


Brooks Pierce

Bill Schlesinger, ph.d.

Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment, Emeritus

Duke University

Ashley Wilcox

Program Assistant, Graduate Programs in Sustainability

Wake Forest University