State Of The Air: Virginia

Alden CleanthesContact Alden Cleanthes at acleanthes@momscleanairforce.org to learn more or volunteer.

Alden has deep roots in the Hampton Roads, having spent nearly her entire life living in the region. Alden attended Old Dominion University and currently co-owns a graphic design and marketing company with her husband. Alden actively serves on 3 environmental committees for the City of Chesapeake and is a community volunteer. Alden also finds her peace and quiet time in urban farming, growing a lot of her family’s food organically on her property; her husband says she’s doesn’t feel normal until her hands are in the dirt. She is a fan of the environment, a lover of the earth and a crusader for the right to a healthy life, but she is first and foremost the mom of an amazing little boy, who is ALL boy!

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TELL GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE: PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM CLIMATE POLLUTION

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Moms Clean Air Force started organizing in Virginia in April, 2014 and we have grown exponentially since then. Virginia is lush in its resources and we’re determined to protect our children from climate change. From the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian and Shenandoah Mountains, climate change is having an adverse effect on our environment and communities. People travel to Virginia to relax on our pristine beaches and sample our delectable seafood. They look for retreat in our mountain resorts. We want to ensure that these natural resources are protected not only for Virginia’s children, but for the world to enjoy today and tomorrow.

Across the state, we work on adaptation and resiliency measures to protect our coastal communities from sea level rise caused by climate change. We work with our environmental justice communities to improve air quality in cities like Richmond, Virginia, which has been named the worst asthma city in the country. Join us in uniting against climate change, using the power of mother love, in Virginia today!

Here’s what we’re working on in Virginia:

America’s Clean Power Plan: We are working to defend America’s Clean Power Plan by urging our elected officials to unite for a strong plan to fight climate change. Please join us in telling your Congressional representative to do everything in her or his power to unite in support of a strong plan to fight global warming, which will cut carbon pollution and help deliver healthier air and a safer climate for our families.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and decrease dangerous co-pollutants, such as mercury. In Virginia, we are working with our state and federal legislators to ensure that our children have clean air to breathe through eliminating avoidable toxic pollution. Specifically, we’re defending America’s Clean Power Plan, promoting stronger smog and methane standards, and advocating that our schools implement stronger indoor air quality standards.

Sea Level Rise: Moms Clean Air Force Virginia partners with the Virginia Energy Workgroup coalition to protect Virginia’s coastal communities. We support the VA Coastal Protection Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The bill would generate up to $200 million per year to invest in adaptation measures in Hampton Roads and clean energy statewide, all while lowering emissions of heat-trapping pollution. The Hampton Roads area, which is more than 30 percent African-American, is second only to New Orleans as the area in the country most impacted by sea-level rise. Flooding is disrupting people’s daily lives and livelihoods. Six feet of sea-level rise from climate change could inundate our shorelines in coming decades, triggering a full-blown economic and human safety crisis affecting the entire state. We need solutions now, as our communities are at risk.

Social Justice: Moms Clean Air Force Virginia works closely with environmental justice communities on a regular basis, from collaboration at events to working with children who have pediatric asthma, we are making a difference in Virginia. We partner with the Hampton Roads Climate Team, Southeast CARE Coalition, Virginia Organizing, New Virginia Majority, and the Trinity Family Life Center on ways we can cultivate, educate and encourage active participation from our environmental justice communities.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health. We work closely with a coalition of energy and environmental groups to ensure we are informed of the latest clean energy legislation and initiatives available to Virginians. These initiatives in Virginia include solar energy and offshore wind, and anti-offshore drilling. Moms Clean Air Force Virginia has partnered with VA Sun and the Virginia Energy Workgroup to ensure that Virginia is moving forward with solar energy and offshore wind.

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Tell your Governor to protect our children’s health by supporting America’s Clean Power Plan and working to make the air in our state as clean as possible.

Natural Gas Pollution: Moms Clean Air Force Virginia is working with our coalition partners to STOP the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Western Marcellus Pipeline. These proposed pipelines harm our communities and our environment.

Smog: Smog, is caused by pollution from cars, trucks, power plants, and other industrial sources. It damages lungs and triggers asthma attacks, among other health impacts. In Virginia, we are working with our coalition partners to decrease our smog levels. Moms Clean Air Force sent a whopping 120,000 comments to EPA demanding a rule that would reduce the ozone that contributes to smog. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced a rule that will reduce the allowable level of ozone in our air from 75 parts per billion to 70 ppb. This is not as strong a protection as we had hoped it would be and we will continue to work on strengthening the allowable level of smog.

Toxic Chemicals: Our homes, schools, workplaces, and even playgrounds are harbingers of untested chemicals. Over 80,000 synthetic chemicals are currently registered for use and can be found in everything from cleaning products to shower curtains, construction materials to craft supplies, carpeting to computers. We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through advocating for implementation of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act.

In addition to state-specific work, Moms Clean Air Force Virginia is supporting national efforts:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

Virginia’s electricity generation by source, 2014:

  • Nuclear (40%)

  • Natural Gas (28%)

  • Coal (27%)

  • Renewables (3%)

  • Petroleum (2%)

The Hampton Roads area, which is more than 30 percent African-American in its demographic makeup, is second only to New Orleans as the area in the country most impacted by sea-level rise.

Newport News--with a population that’s nearly 50 percent African-American or Latino--has some of the worst air quality at public schools in America. As does Hopewell, which is over 45 percent African-American or Latino, and Petersburg, with a population thats over 80 percent African-American or Latino.

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, Virginia would see the 10th largest reduction in premature deaths of all 50 states.


According to the American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air report, 9% of Virginia children have asthma


Shenandoah National Park (NP) in Virginia, experiences some of the highest measured air pollution of any national park in the U.S. The park is downwind of many sources of air pollution, including power plants, factories, vehicles, and agriculture

In 2014, Richmond rose to the top of the Asthma Capitals list for the second year in a row. Richmond was also #1 in 2010 and 2011. Many key factors pushed Richmond back to the top, such as very high levels of year-round pollen, high rates of poverty and uninsured, no city smoking bans, a high crude death rate for asthma and a large number of annual emergency room visits for asthma.



How to Call Your Elected Officials

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 1, 2017
We’re all used to text and email, and often that’s speedy and effective. But sometimes, the sound of a voice makes all the difference. Now is one of those times. Your members of Congress must hear from you on the issues that matter to you! Click here...

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Clean Energy Improves the Health of Virginia’s Children

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 25, 2016
  This is written by Moms Clean Air Force’s Manager of Field Operations Terra Pascarosa Duff: As a mom and Virginian, I am disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to pause the implementation of America’s Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds. Our country urgently needs to move forward with...

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Past Events

February 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force attended Governor’s EO57 Hearing and Press Conference.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Environmental Justice Empowerment Forum in Newport News with Southeast CARE Coalition and Rev. Leo Woodbury.

Moms Clean Air Force attended a Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise/Flooding Adaptation Forum sponsored by ODU/VIMS.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted Mama Summit 2017 – Honoring President’s Day with a Day of Civic Duty at the Virginia General Assembly Building.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia testified at an Atlantic Coast Pipeline Public Hearing.

Virginia Moms Clean Air Force members attended an EPW Committee meeting focused on the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head EPA.

Virginia SuperMom attended a group meeting with Senators Warner and Kaine in Washington, DC.

January 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force joined League of Conservation Voters for the Public Health Festival at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk.

Moms Clean Air Force traveled to DC to speak with Senators Kaine and Warner about the nomination of Scott Pruitt to EPA.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Virginia Conservation Network’s Lobby Day–a statewide lobbying effort to support key environmental legislation in the Virginia General Assembly.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia marched in the Norfolk Women’s March, part of a network of marches held across the country.

December 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended an EJ Collaborative Meeting in Richmond.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Virginia Coastal Policy Centers in Partnership with William & Mary University Annual Training Event in Williamsburg.

Moms Clean Air Force attended General Assembly Preview, advocacy training from VA Conservation Network.

November 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia participated in a George Mason University Webinar: Climate Change and Politics: What’s Next For Virginia?

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended co-hosted an event with Sierra Club and Mothers Outfront to excite and plan with our members, and possible future members.

October 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia and partners hosted a telephone press conference to discuss the proposed destruction of an historic African-American Freedmen community that is one of the founding agricultural communities of colonial America, in order to make way for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP).

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended Rock the Frack Out: Concert for Action on Climate Change.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Hampton Roads Solar Tour.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended Sierra Club Happy Hour at Kelly’s Tavern Strawbridge.

September 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force attended the Suffolk Candidates Forum.

Moms Clean Air Force attended the Virginia Beach City Council Candidate Forum at TCC Virginia Beach.

Moms Clean Air Force attended the premiere of  “Facing the Surge” and accompanying panel discussion.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia participated in the Social Justice University Gathering at Shiloh Baptist Church in Norfolk.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted a Play-In at Mt. Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach focused on voting for action on climate change.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended and tabled at the Virginia Conservation Network Environmental Assembly.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia tabled at the Eighth Annual Go Green Expo, held at the Brittingham Midtown Community Center on Jefferson Avenue in Newport News.

August 2016: 

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at LOCKN’ 2016 in Arrington.

Field organizer, Alden Cleanthes testified at the Chesapeake Bay Defenders Public Comment Hearing regarding the Forage Fish Amendment.

Field organizer, Alden Cleanthes Spoke at a Virginia Beach Green Drinks event about get out the vote efforts.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at the Steppin’ Out Music and Arts Festival in Blacksburg.

July 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia tabled at FloydFest, a music and arts festival held annually near Floyd, Virginia.

Field orgnaizer, Alden Cleanthes spoke at a press event focused on Toxic Air Emissions in Virgina: Top 25 most dangerous zip code.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Hampton Roads Sea-Level Rise and Adaptation Forum.

On Wednesday, July 13 Moms Clean Air Force hosted the third annual Play-In for Climate Action at Upper Senate Park in Washington, DC.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted a Read-In at the Chinn Park Regional Library, in Woodbridge.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted Playtime at the Park: A Food Drive Closing Ceremony at Bayville Park in Virginia Beach. The ceremony included a welcome and thank you speech, food collection and display of our efforts, parachute playtime, and networking.

June 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted a “School’s Out Food Drive” contributing to the over 4,542 pounds of food collected by Moms Clean Air Force chapters nationwide.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended Virginia Conservation Network’s Local Climate Impacts Panel Discussion.

Moms Clean Air Force attended Governor McAuliffe’s signing of executive order 57, a directive to address carbon emissions in our state.

Moms Clean Air Force attended the Virginia Energy Policy Forum in Hampton Roads.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia tabled at the CMA Environmental Fair.

Moms Clean Air Force participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day.

May 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Building University-Community Partnerships for Resilience conference at ODU Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended Congressman Scott Rigell’s State of the Bay event.

Moms Clean Air Force participated in the 6th annual Hands Across the Sand to protest drilling off our coast and seismic test and to support clean energy, like offshore wind.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended an Asthma and Air Quality Workshop in Newport News with the SE CARE Coalition.

Moms Clean Air Force and Virginia League of Conservation Voters hosted an environmental community happy hour event at Croc’s Eco-Bistro in Virginia Beach. Terra Pascarosa, Manager of Field Operations for Moms Clean Air Force, and Becca Summers, Advocacy Coordinator for VALCV, presented on upcoming projects and opportunities to become involved in their organizations.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Moms Organic Market in Merrifield, Virginia to help spread our mission of clean air and kids’ health to local moms and dads.

Sarah Brickhead of the Virginia Department of Health conducted a Read-In at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended a screening and post-film discussion of “Catching the Sun” at Naro Cinema.

Sarah Brickhead of the Virginia Department of Health conducted a Read-In at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump.

Moms Clean Air Force attended a screening of “Shore Stories” at Old Dominion University Theatre in Norfolk. Shore Stories is a new collection of short films highlighting the impacts of offshore drilling on coastal ecosystems and communities.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted an environmental community happy hour event at Postbellum in Richmond with Virginia League of Conservation Voters. Terra Pascarosa, Manager of Field Operations for Moms Clean Air Force and Becca Summers, Advocacy Coordinator for VALCV presented on upcoming projects and opportunities to become involved in their organizations.

April 2016:

Virginia Moms Clean Air Force Partner, Southeast CARE Coalition hosted a Read-In at the C. Waldo Scott Center for H.O.P.E in Newport News.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted a Read-In at Halstead Dulles in Herndon.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia partner, Trinity Family Life Center Child Development Center Director, Benita Harvey, conducted a Read-In in Richmond, VA.

A Read-In took place at Brookfield Elementary in Chantilly, VA.

Julie Hayden, a Gifted Resources Teacher, conducted a Read-In at Bettie F. Williams Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In at Children’s Garden Preschool in Richmond, VA.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia partner, Trinity Family Life Center Child Development Center Director, Benita Harvey, conducted a Read-In in Richmond, VA.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In for 1st grade classes at HILTON elementary school in Newport News.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In at Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center in Herndon.

Moms Clean Air Force tabled at Moms Organic Market in Merrifield, Virginia to help promote and spread our mission of clean air and kids’ health to local moms and dads.

Virginia Super Mom, Alden Cleanthes spoke at The Midlothian Junior Women’s Club (MJWC) meeting. The MJWC is a non-profit group which seeks to assist other non-profits in the Greater Richmond area. The meeting is held at Winfree Baptist Church located at 13617 Midlothian Turnpike.

March 2016:

Virginia Super Mom and owner of Be A Little Lotus Yoga, Barbara Schlegel, conducted traveling yoga Read-Ins in Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach.

Moms Clean Air Force attended the Hampton Roads Watershed Forum at Slover Library in Norfolk.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended a community meeting on equitable development in the southeast region of Virginia. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Ave Newport News, VA 23607.

Moms Clean Air Force hosted a Read-In at Broad Bay Manor Children’s Learning Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Terra Pascarosa spoke at a Environment Virginia press conference at First Landing State Park. At the event, Environment Virginia released an updated interactive map that shows how extreme weather events linked to climate change are impacting Virginians. Extreme weather events like floods, wildfires,
droughts, and snow storms are becoming more frequent due to climate change. The map is highlighting people’s personal stories about how they have experienced extreme storms.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia presented at a Green Drinks Chesapeake meeting held at Y-Not Pizza Chesapeake. Green Drinks Chesapeake is a group of environmentally minded people who enjoy networking with like-minded people and learning about environmental matters in our community.

February 2016:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended a luncheon to address environmental injustices in Virginia, with a focus on Hampton Roads.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia hosted their second annual Mama Summit in Richmond. Through May, hundreds of moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and kids from across the country will travel to their state capitols to show broad and united support for children’s health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan, setting we will demand action to protect the air our children breathe and call for action on climate disruption.

January 2016: 

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Winter Wildlife Festival at Princess Anne Recreation Center.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia attended the Ocean Frontiers II Film Screening and Panel Discussion | Old Dominion University Theatre, 4608 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23529.

Discussion included learning about the draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Plan – being released for public review this spring – and how we can help sustain the ocean environment, marine livelihoods and coastal cultures in our increasingly busy Virginia waters.

December 2015:

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia tabled at Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s 12th Hollydazzle, located in City Center at Oyster Point.

Moms Clean Air Force Virginia and Washington, DC members gathered at EPA headquarters to deliver thousands of comment cards to EPA thanking them for proposing standards to limit methane emissions from new oil and gas operations. (Our comments also urge them to quickly propose standards pegged to existing operations).


November 13-15: Moms Clean Air Force will table daily (9am-6pm) during the Grand Opening of MOM’s Organic Market store at 1901 N. Veitch Street, Arlington, VA. Stop by the Moms table, and join us for local tastings, environmental activities, music, henna art and more. The market is generously donating 5% of all weekend sales to Moms Clean Air Force.


February 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Virginia members traveled to the state capitol in Richmond to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. The Virginia Mama Summit included over 60 attendees with more than 30 legislative meetings and drop-offs of literature in lawmakers’ offices. All carbon emissions associated with transportation for the Summit were offset by MOM’s Organic Market, via TerraPass.


June 5, 2014: Kids in a Changing Climate: What Parents Need to Know held at the Trinity Family Life Center in Richmond. With over 150 people in attendance, we were graciously welcomed by Dr. A. Lincoln James, Jr., Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. The panel included Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, US Environmental Protection Agency; Moms Clean Air Force Director and co-founder Dominique Browning; Dept. of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Madden, Samantha Adhoot, MD; Laura Anderko, RN, PhD; and NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative Director Jacqueline Patterson. This panel of  health and clean air experts examined the current problem of climate pollution and available solutions to protect future generations of Virginian families and children.

Governor

Terry McAuliffe

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US Senate

Tim Kaine

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Mark Warner

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  • 919 E. Main Street
    Suite 630
    Richmond, VA 23219
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (804) 775-2314
  • Twitter: @MarkWarner

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US House of Representatives

Rob Wittman (District 1)

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  • 2777 Jefferson Davis Highway
    Ste. 105
    Stafford, Virginia 22554
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  • Phone: (540) 659-2734
  • Twitter: @RobWittman

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Scott Taylor (District 2)

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Bobby Scott (District 3)

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Donald McEachin (District 4)

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Thomas Garrett (District 5)

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Bob Goodlatte (District 6)

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Dave Brat (District 7)

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  • 4201 Dominion Blvd
    Suite 110
    Glen Allen, VA 23060
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  • Phone: (804) 747-4073
  • Twitter: @HouseGOP

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Don Beyer (District 8)

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Morgan Griffith (District 9)

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Barbara Comstock (District 10)

  • 21430 Cedar Drive
    Suite 218
    Sterling, VA 20164
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  • Phone: (202) 225-5136
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Gerry Connolly (District 11)

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