Yes, we can be thankful this season

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Appalachian Voices | No Comments

For many ordinary and extraordinary people in Appalachia working to protect the mountains, rivers, forests and farmlands that make our region so special, it may be difficult to be thankful this holiday season. The staff of Appalachian Voices wanted to take this opportunity to express what we are thankful for, and to invite you to do the same. [ More ]

What we do now — a note from Executive Director Tom Cormons

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | 1 Comment

I believe deeply in Appalachian Voices’ longstanding mission to bring people together for the well-being of Appalachian communities, our shared natural heritage and our children’s futures. In stark contrast, the presidential election has underscored and exaggerated our differences, overshadowing the many fundamental values we share. But being discouraged is not an option. Instead, we must join together like never before. [ More ]

French Broad communities broadly support on-bill financing

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 | Posted by Rory McIlmoil | No Comments

Our recent “French Broad Community Energy Forum” in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and representatives of local government, community service agencies, and businesses to learn and talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements. [ More ]

Southwest Virginians speak out against Doe Branch Mine

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 | Posted by Willie Dodson | 1 Comment

“God gave us the water so we can stay clean, and so we can drink it. I don’t want poison in the water.” Those are the words of 6-year-old Levi Marney, spoken to representatives of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy at a public meeting about the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop removal mine in Haysi. [ More ]

We stand together

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

An important message from our executive director, Tom Cormons: Today, more than ever, we need to stand together and support each other to defend the health of Appalachia’s communities, our irreplaceable natural heritage, and the future of the planet. We know you are with us. [ More ]

National Weatherization Assistance Program Turns 40!

Friday, November 4th, 2016 | Posted by Lou Murrey | No Comments

Forty years ago the federal government launched the National Weatherization Assistance Program to help residents combat high heat costs. In celebration of this anniversary, we take a look at the history of the program and see how far energy efficiency has come in four decades — yet also recognizing things we still need to do to make everyone's home heating costs more affordable. [ More ]

Why stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 | Posted by Peter Anderson | 6 Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking public comments from citizens regarding the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry fracked gas through W.Va. and Va. It's a important chance for citizens to voice their concerns on-the-record. Read some of the reasons why Virginia Campaign Coordinator Peter Anderson is speaking out against the pipeline. [ More ]

Saying no to a fracked-gas future

Monday, October 24th, 2016 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

From the West Coast to the Dakotas to Appalachia, our country is at an energy crossroads. We can continue building up fossil fuel infrastructure, like the massive fracked-gas pipelines being proposed, degrading our treasured landscapes and waterways, and posing health and safety risks to thousands of families. Or, we can invest in truly clean energy, create jobs, curb climate impacts and build a sustainable future. The choice is clear. [ More ]

Boone community comes together to tackle energy waste

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

At the first-ever Boone Energy Stakeholder Meeting, Appalachian Voices and other stakeholders took an important first step toward identifying solutions that could help tackle the problem of energy waste for the Town of Boone. [ More ]

Hurricane Matthew flooding elevates coal ash concerns

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | Posted by Amy Adams | 1 Comment

Earlier this month, North Carolina was devastated by the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. Flooding occurred across much of the state, with the hardest impacts felt in the east and among communities that are least able to bounce back from such a catastrophic event. While the flood waters are still receding, we are learning about the impacts left in their wake. [ More ]

Environmental justice in Buckingham County

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Lara Mack | No Comments

A proposed compressor station along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline route would pose public health risks and increase noise pollution in a rural, historically black community. Citizens are fervently urging local officials to reject the project, which would severely impact the viability of the pipeline overall. [ More ]

Solar and energy efficiency…like peanut butter and jelly

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

While energy efficiency is just as clean as solar when it comes to emissions, efficiency by itself can’t produce energy for customers looking for a clean energy option, and solar without energy efficiency can’t reach the full extent of its potential. Both are valuable and can, and should, work together as an integrated solution to create cleaner and cheaper energy. [ More ]



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