The North Carolina Coastal Federation collaborates with multiple stakeholders and partners to promote oyster restoration, education, science, mariculture and sustainable harvest efforts in the state through N.C. Oyster Blueprint. Oysters provide a great deal to our well being: they filter the water from harmful pollutants, they provide essential habitat for a diverse collection of aquatic animals, and Oyster reefs also support the production of crabs and finfish valued at over $62 million annually.
Through PowerUp NC, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Foundation is building a movement for a stronger economy, healthier environment, and a more inclusive democracy. Through education, engagement, and grassroots organizing, they are advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that lower energy bills, improve housing conditions, and reduce pollution by lowering dependence on fossil fuels.
Clear the Air for Kids!, aimes to dramatically reduce diesel emissions from school buses to protect children’s growing lungs through the retrofitting of school buses with air quality filters and encouraging limited idling by buses and in the carpool lines. The program also helps schools manage ozone gardens, implement anti-idling campaigns and wave the air quality flags, the program raises awareness among parents, teachers and students about the impact of air pollution on children’s health.
Carolina Tiger Rescue works for the day when animals in captivity are treated with respect. They advocate on a statewide level for the humane treatment of animals in captivity. Last year, over 19,000 people were educated about the threats to wild cats in the wild as well as in captivity.
Southern Environmental Law Center continues to lead legal efforts to clean up the toxic coal ash polluting North Carolina’s waterways. As a result of their work, Duke Energy must remove coal ash from 8 of its 14 coal fired power plants, more than 31 million tons. They continue with active cases in the remaining six.
Triangle Land Conservancy completed 7 new conservation projects last year, bringing the total acres of land protected to over 18,000 acres of land and more than 136 miles of streams in the Triangle. This results in more places to explore, hike, and swim!