NCLCV Foundation connects and engages people to protect our natural environment and promote the well-being of our communities. We turn environmental values into NC priorities by engaging people in the democratic process, organizing in communities to connect environmental policies to people’s daily lives, cultivating environmental leaders, and advocating for policies at the state and local level that protect the health and quality of life for all North Carolinians, with an intentional focus on systematically excluded communities of color.
In order to address the multiple challenges facing our state, we need active and responsible North Carolinians. We know that protecting North Carolina’s environment starts with you. With your help, we can turn our environmental values into North Carolina’s priorities.
You don’t have to be a staff member or volunteer with a nonprofit to make an impact on policy. You can get engaged and find information on how you can make a difference. Our main initiatives are:
PowerUp NC is a statewide team whose values are rooted in economic, environmental, and racial justice. We are building a movement for a stronger economy, healthier environment, and a more inclusive democracy. We are currently working in the Raleigh, Winston-Salem, and Fayetteville communities.
Power the Vote is an initiative born from the urgency in Eastern North Carolina’s frontline communities. These communities are directly affected by climate change and other environmental issues. We are building genuine relationships to ensure the community is civically engaged in supporting solutions to these challenges.
Boards and Commissions are powerful governing bodies with the ability to influence important local policy and investment decisions. Our first-ever training program will recruit, support, train, and place our members and allies to serve on local boards and commissions. We’re focused on making sure women and people of color have decision-making power in government.
Strong environmental policies do little to protect our environment without strong enforcement. We prioritize environmental enforcement, working directly with state agencies that enforce the laws and keep us safe from toxic pollutants.
North Carolina has a history of underfunding the compliance and enforcement divisions of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), often allowing violators to go unnoticed and unpunished. We work closely with DEQ to inform and improve their enforcement programs, and support both administrative and legislative advocacy efforts to improve existing enforcement programs.
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