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12/09/03 by Staff Writer
Central Carolina Bank in Salisbury has made a three-year commitment of approximately $10,000 to the Clean Air
Initiative for Rowan and the Central Piedmont.
The project, spearheaded by the Catawba College Center for the Environment, will educate people about air pollution and foster strategies to mitigate that pollution. The catalyst for the project was the American Lung Association’s announcement that Rowan is the 16th worst county in the nation for air quality. Ozone monitors in Rockwell and Enochville recorded 74 days from 1999 to 2001 when air quality was considered unhealthy.
The Center is partnering with the Rowan Sustainable Community Development Commission on the initiative. It has received support from both the Rowan County Commission and the Salisbury City Council.
“We are most grateful to the officers of CCB for this generous gift to the Clean Air Initiative,” said John Wear Jr., director of the Catawba Center for the Environment. “We are especially grateful to Tony Blackwell for his advocacy.
“This gift will help us combat a situation that, left unaddressed, could easily affect the county’s ability to attract new industries, cause a loss of federal money for roads and seriously impact health costs. It is gratifying to witness this demonstration of community support for a project that clearly affects both the health of our citizens and the health of our local economy.”
Blackwell, CCB city executive, noted that Rowan’s designation as the 16th worst county in the nation for air quality concerned bank officials. “We felt it was important that the bank participate in this effort with seed money to help launch the initiative,” he said.