About Us

Appalachian Voices Staff Photo 2017

Our vision

We envision a day when the integrity of the land, air and water of central and southern Appalachia is protected for future generations and the region is upheld as a national model of a vibrant, just and sustainable economy.

We’re celebrating our 20th!

What we do

Appalachian Voices works at the nexus of America’s ongoing shift from dirty energy to solar, wind and other 21st-century energy sources. We defend our region from mountaintop removal coal mining, fracked-gas pipeline building, and other harmful practices while promoting clean energy sources that generate local jobs and community wealth and that sustain Appalachia’s incomparable natural heritage.

How we do it

With offices in Boone N.C., Charlottesville and Wise County, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn., we are cultivating a broad citizen movement, connecting people from all walks of life to achieve our common purpose of protecting our beloved mountains and rivers, our forests and farmland, and our children’s future. Combining grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, cutting-edge technical expertise and legal action, and working at all levels of government, Appalachian Voices effects positive change for the region. Our bi-monthly newspaper, The Appalachian Voice, reaches an estimated 150,000 readers across the country with stories of the people who are working to celebrate and protect the region.

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Why we do it

We are deeply connected to Appalachia and feel a profound responsibility to work for a sustainable future for the region. For more than a century, Appalachian communities powered the growth of America’s industrial might, but they have long suffered from the resulting pollution, degraded lands and poverty. Together with local citizens, we are determined to build a new economy that achieves an equitable transition beyond Appalachia’s carbon-based economy to one that fosters local prosperity and is responsive to the reality of climate change.

Why we need you with us — now more than ever

Appalachian communities are on the front line of America’s energy transition. We are facing unprecedented, dangerous threats from the current political leadership — but we are also poised for extraordinary opportunity as markets increasingly favor smarter, cleaner energy choices. Founded in 1997, Appalachian Voices has a 20-year track record of innovative and successful campaigns, and with deep roots in local communities we are well-positioned to help lead the region toward a healthy, prosperous future.