"Canvassing is absolutely essential to the work that we do. Having tens of thousands of one on one conversations with people about our campaigns ensures that we are rooted in work that the people of North Carolina care about. Funding our organization through thousands of small, individual contributions allows us to be independent from corporations and political parties. Canvassing has not only built up Environment North Carolina from scratch; it has also played an essential role in a host of victories for the environment--from cleaning up coal-fired power plants to protecting our rivers and lakes." Elizabeth Ouzts
Ms. Ouzts coordinates and conducts media outreach and communications for Environment America and its state affiliates. Before taking on her current role, she was the state director for Environment North Carolina for eight years, where she directed and implemented strategy for communications, lobbying, outreach and fundraising. Elizabeth has more than 15 years experience of working with all types of media outlets, including radio, television, and print. A graduate of the NC School of Science and Math and Yale University, Ms. Ouzts began her career in New Jersey in 1997, where she completed service for NJ Community Water Watch,. In 1998, she returned to North Carolina to work with NCPIRG. She became the director of NCPIRG in 2001, and in 2006 assumed leadership of Environment North Carolina.