The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

USFS to hold open houses on North Carolina Forest Plan revisions

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | No Comments

This summer, the U.S. Forest Service will host a series of open houses in western North Carolina as part of its 15-year planning process for the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests. [ More ]

New renewable energy options for French Broad co-op members

Monday, June 19th, 2017 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Today's guest blogger Alex Arnold focuses on a new policy from French Broad electric co-op in western North Carolina that promotes residential renewable energy generation, including solar energy [ More ]

Citizens discuss environmental threats and economic priorities during Congressman’s visit

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

People from coal-impacted communities across Central Appalachia recently gathered in Wise County, Va., to share their concerns and ideas with U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva. [ More ]

All the ways this White House props up coal

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

The coal lobby’s influence over the White House is a given at this point — as is the White House’s willingness to put its finger on the scale in favor of our dirtiest, most carbon-packed energy sources. [ More ]

Got 90 seconds? Learn how your electric utility can save you money and energy

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

What if your home could be fixed up so that you’re cool in the middle of summer, warm in winter, and you have more money every year for things you need? See our new 90-second video and learn how. [ More ]

Governor McAuliffe announces cap on carbon pollution in Virginia

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 | Posted by Peter Anderson | No Comments

In the face of a federal administration bent on rolling back key environmental protections and ignoring climate science, Governor McAuliffe took bold action Tuesday to limit greenhouse gas pollution in Virginia. [ More ]

20 years of action, innovation and collaboration

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

Appalachian Voices is celebrating two decades of bringing people together to stand up for the mountains, for clean rivers and drinking water, for farms, forests and wildlife, and for healthy communities across the Appalachian region. [ More ]

You are my sunshine … in Southwest Virginia

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Lydia Graves | No Comments

Last week we co-hosted the first annual Solar Fair in Wise County along with our partners in the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia — all to showcase the economic benefits of energy from the sun. [ More ]

Environmental regulations didn’t cause coal’s decline — and rollbacks won’t save it.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite his repeated promises to do so, President Trump is unlikely to revive the coal industry through federal policy, and CEOs of electric utilities and coal mining companies know it. [ More ]

D.C. sends a ray of hope to Southwest Virginia

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

Through the dark clouds of the Trump administration’s agenda for rolling back or killing off programs critical to the health of Appalachian communities and the environment, a bright spot has emerged -- $10 million for repurposing old coal mines in Southwest Virginia for new economic opportunities. [ More ]

Atlantic Coast Pipeline is far from a done deal

Friday, April 28th, 2017 | Posted by Cat McCue | No Comments

In a classic “fake news” move, Dominion Resources execs held a tele-press conference yesterday where they basically said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a done deal. But at least 25,000 people across W.Va., Va. and N.C. are demanding answers, such as: Is this pipeline even needed? [ More ]

Appalachian Voices marches for science

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 | Posted by Elizabeth E. Payne | No Comments

Despite chilly winds and rain, Appalachian Voices' staff members and volunteers spanned out across the region last weekend to "March for Science" with thousands of others in D.C., Charlottesville and Asheville. [ More ]