A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



Taking Energy Democracy to the People Through Tours

Alongside partner organizations and concerned citizens, Appalachian Voices launched an Energy Democracy Tour to educate residents in Virginia, North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley on how to take back their electric system from monopoly utilities.


The Magic of Summer: A note from our executive director

A message from Appalachian Voices' Executive Director Tom Cormons about late summer and our connection to nature.


Member Spotlight: Vesta Jean Lenhart

Appalachian Voices member Vesta Jean Lenhart's desire to preserve mountains goes back to her childhood in Eastern Kentucky.


Calling on Legislators for Action in Washington, D.C.

In July, Appalachian Voices traveled to Capitol Hill alongside about 150 miners, widows and their loved ones to demand Congress to restore proper funding for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. And in June, we joined other organizations in a visit to D.C. to ask legislators to co-sponsor the RECLAIM Act to fast-track abandoned mine reclamation.


Solar Strides in Southwest Virginia

Appalachian Voices applauds the achievement of eight Southwest Virginia municipalities for receiving SolSmart designations that will help pave the way for solar projects in the region. Additionally, the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia received state funding to identify opportunities for large-scale solar manufacturing and development


Welcome Josh and Tyler!

Appalachian Voices would like to welcome the two newest members of our team, Josh McClenney and Tyler Hughes!


Disrupting the Status Quo and Putting People and Planet First

We are committed to disrupting a status quo designed to line the pockets of the government-protected utility monopolies who have been calling the shots. We are citizens demanding a system that puts people and the planet first.


Rallying Against Pipelines

On May 17 and 18, Appalachian Voices participated in two massive events where Virginians called on state leaders to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and to block the Atlantic Coast Pipeline compressor station slated for the community of Union Hill.


Member Spotlight: Marion Loper

For the past two years, Knoxville resident Marion Loper has translated skills from his media career to his volunteer work as a distributor of The Appalachian Voice.


New Coalition Aims to Reform Energy Policy in Virginia

In early May, we joined eight other organizations representing a wide range of public policy ideologies to introduce the Virginia Energy Reform Coalition aimed at lowering prices and increasing choices for ratepayers while improving the environment.


Enter to Design the Label for “Power to the People” Pilsner

We're teaming up with Wild Wolf Brewery to highlight the importance of ensuring an equitable transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy future. Join the effort by submitting a label design for the new Power to the People Pilsner!


Progress on Coal Ash in North Carolina

On April 1, we celebrated the welcome news that the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality ordered Duke Energy to excavate the six coal ash sites in the state that did not already have cleanup plans in place.


Solar Discovery in Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia was recently awarded a "Solar Discovery" prize for identifying solar projects in Virginia's coalfield counties that would create jobs and benefit local communities.


A Milestone for Southwest Virginia Solar

This spring marks a poignant milestone for solar power in Southwest Virginia’s historic coal region. A 3.5-megawatt solar array, slated to be built on a former Wise County coal mine, is moving closer to fruition. The state’s Department of Mines,


Member Spotlight: Sister Beth Davies

Sister Beth Davies is a committed community advocate who has helped advance addiction treatment environmental protection in her area.