Bringing A Renewed Sense of
Community to our Citizens
This issue of The Advocate we feature our intrepid Red, White & Water team, which was on the road in North Carolina over the last couple months meeting with people living near toxic coal ash ponds. Our team of staff, interns and volunteers made hundreds of phone calls and knocked on dozens of doors. We also teamed up with Dr. Avner Vengosh and his graduate students from Duke University to sample drinking water wells and test for the toxic chemicals associated with coal ash pollution. The response was tremendous...
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New Power for the Old Dominion
Appalachian Voices and partners are kicking off a new campaign to bring clean, renewable energy to the state of Virginia. In the next few weeks, the Wise Energy for Virginia coalition will host a series of events across the state, and will also launch a new website with a pledge drive for Virginians to add their voice to the call for New Power in the Old Dominion.
Inaugural Southeast Coal Ash Summit
Are you concerned about coal ash near your community? Join the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, national and regional experts, advocates and concerned citizens for a two-day summit this September to discuss the threat and what we can do to protect our communities.
Amid the hills of West Virginia, a faith-based community group is teaching residents to build their own solar panels. According to New Vision co-founder Ruston Seamon, "The only answer to overcome dependency is productivity." In the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice we take stock of the region's solar situation, from innovative leases that can help you get solar in your community to questionable energy policies.
Dave Matthews and BamaWorks Help Drive Appalachian Voices
For a second year in a row, The Dave Matthews Band has generously contributed $10,000 to support ourAppalachian Water Watch program in Virginia. This gift will help us continue to protect Appalachian waterways and hold coal companies accountable. BamaWorks Fund, the Dave Matthews Band's charity organization, has contributed more than $14 million to charities worldwide.