Novmber 25, 2016
I believe deeply in Appalachian Voices' mission to bring people together for the well-being of Appalachian communities. In stark contrast, the presidential election has underscored and exaggerated our differences, overshadowing the fundamental values we all share. But being discouraged is not an option. Instead, we must join together like never before.
The massive Mountain Valley Pipeline is not needed, and would burden local citizens with higher electric bills, the risk of explosions, and degraded forests, air and water. And it would lock us into decades of climate pollution. No matter where you live, you can tell the federal government to reject this ill-conceived pipeline.
[ Take Action: Tell FERC to reject the MVP application! ]
Appalachian Voices undertook a seven-month project in Southwest Virginia to identify abandoned surface mines that — with th help of federal funding — hold the greatest potential to be cleaned up and repurposed for a variety of economic projects, such as solar installations, sustainable farms, or community parks.
Our recent "French Broad Community Energy Forum" in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and folks from local government, community service agencies and businesses to talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements.
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We’re delighted to welcome three new staffers to our team. Katie Kienbaum, a native Virginian and University of Pittsburgh grad, is our new AmeriCorps Energy Savings Associate. Peter Anderson, also a native Virginian who holds a law degree from George Mason University, is our Virginia Campaign Coordinator. And though not a “new” face here, Lauren Essick has transitioned from our Appalachian Voice Distribution Manager to the North Carolina Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator.
[ Meet our team ]
As climate change continues to impact Appalachia, efforts are underway to respond. Researchers are tracking the effect on forests and building seed banks for native plants. In Knoxville, one group is providing training for energy-efficiency jobs, and another group in West Virginia is educating teachers about climate change.