2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Bill Holman

North Carolina State Director, The Conservation Fund
Senior Fellow, Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Bill Holman is the North Carolina state director of The Conservation Fund and a senior fellow (non-resident) at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He previously served as director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute, where he worked on state water allocation policy, water infrastructure financing, green infrastructure, planning for and adapting to climate change, and state energy policy. He served as North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt’ secretary and assistant secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and as executive director of the $100 million NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund. He has lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly on behalf of the Conservation Council of North Carolina, the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, the North Carolina Public Transportation Association, the North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and other state and national environmental and conservation groups. He is credited with helping to pass the Clean Water Responsibility Act of 1997, the Brownfields Cleanup Act of 1997, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund Act, the 1989 Watershed Protection Act and numerous other North Carolina environmental bills.

Holman has received numerous awards, including the Conservationist of the Year from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award from North Carolina State University. In 2000, Governor Hunt awarded Holman one of the state’s highest civilian honors, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Holman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from North Carolina State University.