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M&O Successes

Since 2014, Mothers & Others for Clean Air has been championing solutions to poor air quality. We have:

  • Built a growing network of over 2000 health professionals, parents and concerned citizens who support clean air protections.
  • Grew our Partnership Council to include over 20 leading health and medical organizations in Georgia and North Carolina.
  • Held “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” at Piedmont Park in Atlanta to highlight the importance of clean air for children’s health as well as to kick off Asthma Awareness Month.
  • Co-hosted a luncheon in Raleigh on the health benefits of clean energy with renowned climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
  • Hosted a small gathering with the head of the EPA, Administrator Gina McCarthy, to discuss protecting and improving our nation’s air quality.
  • Engaged our supporters in asking the EPA to prioritize public health when updating the national ozone standard in 2015.
  • Grown our collection of clean air stories. These are personal stories about why people in the Southeast are fighting for clean, healthy air.
  • Teamed up with other clean air organizations in North Carolina to form the Healthy Air Alliance of North Carolina.
  • Developed and provided a clean air advocacy training for pediatric residents from Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • Recruited speakers for every EPA hearing on air quality in Atlanta since 2004, including the most recent hearings on the Clean Power Plan.
  • Published over 30 letters to the editor, op-eds and other articles since 2013, helping to frame air pollution and climate change as public health issues that deserve attention and action.
  • Presented and exhibited at dozens of professional conferences and public events.
  • Sent one of our clean air supporters to the White House in 2015 for the announcement of the first ever regulations on carbon emissions from power plants – the Clean Power Plan.
  • Sent another one of clean air supporters to the speak at the Summit on Climate Change and Health at the White House, also in 2015.
  • Presented the webinar Clean Air: Practical Ideas to Help Kids Breathe Easier for the North Carolina PTA.
  • Hosted an Enlightenment Luncheon for over 300 attendees featuring a panel of experts to discuss protecting our families from climate change.
  • Pushed the Obama Administration to issue the long-overdue Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Standards. On March 3, 2014, these standards were finalized and the cleaner gasoline and cleaner vehicles will be ready in 2017. Once fully implemented, these clean air protections will save up to 2,000 lives and prevent 19,000 asthma attacks and nearly 300,000 missed days of work and school each year by 2030.
  • Developed effective smog safety tools and implemented an air quality index flag program specific to Georgia’s smog conditions at more than 40 public schools and more than 30 early childhood learning centers in Metro Atlanta.
  • Lobbied the 2008 Georgia General Assembly for a new appropriation for school bus emission control devices— $250,000 was used to match $2 million in federal funding to reduce harmful diesel soot in more than 100 school buses by up to 90 percent.
  • Leveraged more than $10 million in federal funding to clean up more than 2,200 dirty diesel school buses in Georgia, in collaboration with Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
  • Developed a training curriculum for educational leaders on school siting best practices based on EPA’s new guidelines, in collaboration with Georgia Conservancy and U.S. Green Building Council-GA Chapter.