2020 Summit

Leading Voice for Clean Air, Water to Speak at Audubon Summit

NC DEQ Secretary Michael S. Regan to give keynote address at banquet. Check back for updates on fall Summit.


Secretary Michael S. Regan was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the spring Summit banquet. We are working with Secretary Regan to reschedule for the fall summit. Stay tuned for details.

Under the leadership of Secretary Michael S. Regan, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality plays a leading role in protecting North Carolina’s natural resources from the mountains to the coast. Secretary Regan’s work touches all corners of our state and is critical to protecting North Carolina’s birds, from invasive species management to ensuring water is clean and safe for wildlife and people.

Since taking his position in 2017, Secretary Regan led the launch of the state’s Clean Energy Plan, helping North Carolina transition to cleaner energy that both grows the economy and creates healthier places to live for birds and people. Secretary Regan has also led the charge on extending environmental protections to all. In 2018, he formed the state’s first advisory board on environmental justice, called the Environmental Justice and Equity (EJE) Board.

Secretary Regan is a frequent partner with Audubon, visiting our conservation programs and speaking on panels about the impacts of our changing climate on birds. Recent visits include a climate round table at Grandfather Mountain with Audubon leaders and a trip to our Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Sanctuary at Pine Island to visit with state lawmakers and learn about our resilience initiative on Currituck Sound.

Before joining NCDEQ, Regan served in numerous leadership positions with the Environmental Defense Fund. He also spent 10 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on air quality and energy programs for both the Clinton and Bush administrations.

A native of Goldsboro, Secretary Regan lives in Raleigh with wife, Melvina, and their son, Matthew.

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