A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Retired Southwest Virginia Couple Goes Solar

Kathy and Gary Selvage

Retired couple Kathy and Gary Selvage are happy they decided to put solar panels on their Southwest Virginia home.

An Innovative Biochar System

biochar kiln, biochar, and dehydrator

The Nexus biochar system boosts soil health while sequestering carbon and saving energy and money for local farmers.

The Tiny House Revolution

Sarah Kellogg with her tiny house frame

More and more people are building tiny houses as a sustainable alternative to traditionally large American homes.

A DIY Approach to Wind Energy

Roger Beale's Control Room

Roger Beale built a wind turbine in his own Virginia backyard. Now, he’s passing on that information to kids competing in national turbine design competitions.

Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Two female students holding signs that say "Keep our school green"

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.

Extending the Growing Season

Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.

Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.

Home Projects to Save Energy and Money

Appalachian Voices recently produced several short instructional videos about home projects that can lower your energy bill as well as help you protect the environment by consuming less energy.

Vermicompost: Let earthworms green your kitchen

Vermicomposting relies on earthworms to turn kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment more quickly and with less odor than conventional composting methods.

Accelerating Appalachia’s Energy Savings

Appalachian Voices’ Energy Savings for Appalachia initiative is working with regional electric cooperatives to provide energy efficiency options for their members.