A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Advancing a Democratic Energy System

Tom Cormons

Our Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that is responsive and responsible to the people it serves.

Laying the Groundwork for Innovative Mine Reclamation Projects

A coalition of environmental groups including Appalachian Voices released a report in November detailing opportunities to give old mine lands new life.

An Eventful Fall at Appalachian Voices

We’ve filed a lawsuit against an unlawful coal mine in West Virginia, co-hosted a summit of landowners in the path of the MVP Southgate Pipeline, called out Virginia Gov. Northam for his egregious dismissal of two air board members during the board’s deliberations, and more.

Member Spotlight: John and Faye Cooper

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John and Faye Cooper, owners of the renowned Mast General Store, are longtime supporters of Appalachian Voices and a host of charitable causes in the North Carolina High Country.

Political Energy and Energy Democracy

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that works in the best interest of everyday citizens in order to protect our natural areas and our communities.

Member Tribute: Dean Whitworth

We remember former Appalachian Voices board member and longtime newspaper distributor Dean Whitworth, who was a passionate advocate for the land and water and served with numerous regional organizations.

Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.

Safeguarding our shared natural heritage

Our executive director shares his thoughts on protecting our shared lands and waters in the face of powerful industry.

New Study Maps Increase in Land Disturbed by Coal Mining

A new study shows that surface mining has cleared 1.5 million acres of land between 1976 and 2015, and also showed a drastic increase in the ratio of land cleared to tonnage of coal produced over the last three decades.

Powell Valley Electric Co-op Members Raise Their Voices

Members of Powell Valley Electric Cooperative have launched a campaign to make their cooperative more transparent, accountable and responsive to the needs of its communities. The group has three candidates running for board seats and submitted a bylaw amendment.