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



A summer of learning and organizing against pipelines

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

This is the last day of my internship with Appalachian Voices. But even though my formal time here is over, I plan to continue fighting for clean water. [ More ]

What do electric co-ops have to do with economic justice?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The nonprofit WeOwnIt initiative was established in 2015 to create a national network for cooperative members of all sectors to have the rights, education and tools to implement organizing practices. This year, WeOwnIt is concentrating efforts towards electric co-ops. [ More ]

Do-It-Yourself tips for energy efficiency: Heating & Cooling

Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Education is a key part of our work, and one way we are helping residents lower their energy costs is by creating and sharing some short videos with Do-It-Yourself energy efficiency tip. This video features John Kidda, founder and President of reNew Homes, Inc., in Boone, N.C., discusses programmable thermostats as a way to save on heating and cooling. [ More ]

Norton’s walk along the river

Monday, August 8th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the Southwest Virginia city of Norton, Appalachian Voices is supporting a project that would enhance recreation along the Guest River and clean up an abandoned coal tipple that is both an eyesore and a source of pollution. [ More ]

New law puts coal ash progress in NC at risk

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

The rushed introduction, concurrence and signing of North Carolina House Bill 630 puts at risk many aspects of the progress that residents and environmental groups have made since the introduction of the Coal Ash Management Act in 2014. [ More ]

The importance of being earnest — about energy efficiency

Monday, July 11th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Energy use and costs are higher in Appalachia than the national average, so when a high proportion of family income goes towards paying the utility bill, something needs to be done in order to reduce people’s electricity bills through improved home energy efficiency. [ More ]

Coal ash controversy continues in North Carolina

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In May, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality released risk rankings for Duke Energy’s coal ash impoundments across the state following 15 public hearings. But those rankings could still change and a newly revived legislative battle is a sign that the controversy over coal ash cleanup in North Carolina will continue. [ More ]

Federal agency considers restricting surface mining in Tennessee

Monday, January 18th, 2016 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

Ridgeline corridors across a 67,000-acre area of Tennessee could be protected from surface mining. The U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is considering granting the state's request for a ban. Submit your comment in support of the Cumberland Mountains before Jan. 25! [ More ]

N.C. General Assembly restricts local governments on fracking

Monday, October 19th, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In the final hours of the legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly approved Senate Bill 119, which contains a provision that invalidates local ordinances put in place to restrict fracking. The provision was added just days after commissioners in Stokes County approved a three-year moratorium on oil and gas operations in the county. [ More ]

Appalachian Regional Commission receives citizen input

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | 1 Comment

Subregions_2009_MapOn June 4, the Appalachian Regional Commission held one of its five 2016-2020 Strategic Plan Listening Sessions in Morehead, Ky. The session successfully facilitated the sharing of ideas by Appalachian stakeholders that will inform the commission’s plan for improving economic opportunities in communities across the region. [ More ]

Solidarity in the Tar Heel State

Monday, June 1st, 2015 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

naacp-amyThe communities near Duke Energy's Belews Creek power plant and coal-ash dump in North Carolina have suffered a long time from water pollution. Now the state is poised to allow the natural gas industry to drill fracking wells nearby. Citizens are saying "enough." The NAACP announced a civil rights investigation at a recent press conference and took its protest to the state capitol at a "Moral Monday" rally. Appalachian Voices is standing in solidarity with these champions for environmental justice. [ More ]

Aug./Sept. issue of The Appalachian Voice released!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

04_AugSept2014_coverThe latest issue of The Appalachian Voice features a wide range of stories. Read about everything from mountain bogs to fracking regulations and opportunities for rural Appalachian women in the online edtition of our bimonthly newspaper. [ More ]