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Lorelei Scarbro fights to increase miner safety in “Overburden.” Movie stills provided by Chad A. Stevens

Documenting Appalachia

New documentary films explore the region’s struggles and history, and the people at the heart of these powerful stories.

Powering Up: Diversifying Central Appalachia’s Economy

In the communities affected by the decline in coal production, many citizens and groups are collaborating and working hard to find new avenues for economic development.
Students at Henley Middle School in Crozet, Va. helped design an art installation powered by a solar panel. Photo courtesy Albemarle County Public Schools

Schools Do the Math and Go Green

Regional schools are finding that solar power and energy efficiency can help reduce electric bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions and provide a valuable learning opportunity.
Patients exercise at a new rehabilitation clinic in Dawes, W.Va.  Photo courtesy The Breathing Center at Cabin Creek Clinic

Advancing Quality of Life for Black Lung Patients

Rural pulmonary rehabilitation clinics help patients struggling with black lung disease access care and improve their well-being.
Ann Calfee of Save the Nolichucky measures the pH of the river below a U.S. Nitrogen work site in December 2014. Photos by April Bryant,

Faced with Threats to River, Residents Unite

Concerned about how an industrial pipeline will affect the Nolichucky River, residents are monitoring water quality. “We just want to save the river,” says April Bryant of Save the Nolichucky. “We’ve all come together with that purpose.”