Result

Building greener in North Carolina.

New homes and businesses will use up to onethird less energy under new standards approved by a state council and adopted by the General Assembly — a decision based in part on our research and advocacy. The strengthened standards will deliver savings for owners and reduce pollution in the air we breathe.

Result

100,000 strong for clean water.

After thousands of members of Environment North Carolina and our national federation, Environment America, urged the EPA to act, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections to all of America's rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. We’ve since delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water protections.

Result

Attacks on public health defeated—for now.

The coal lobby and their allies are trying to block the EPA from protecting public health, but we’ve held the line against some of their worst attacks: In March 2011, the U.S. Senate rejected a bill that would have blocked standards for soot, mercury and carbon pollution. In April, the Senate defeated four more bills that would have blocked the EPA from cutting air pollution.

Result

EPA action to protect our health defended

The EPA is moving to limit smog, soot and global warming pollution, thanks in large part to the timely action of our advocates, organizers and members. As polluters lobbied to block EPA action, we’ve mobilized the public to tell Congress: Let the EPA do its job and protect our health.

Result

PRESERVING OUR BLUE RIDGE SCENERY

We knocked on tens of thousands of doors to shine a spotlight on a hidden provision in the state budget that prevented land conservation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lawmakers removed the prohibition in their 2012-2013 budget, and began to restore devastating cuts to land conservation programs.

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