A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

News and notes from our parent organization



Member Spotlight: Brian McAllister

Making a difference in Johnson City, Tennessee.


Solar Projects Advance in Southwest Virginia

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia is helping to kickstart a second commercial-scale solar purchase program along with a bill that would support Virginia solar advances in the state legislature.


Push for N.C. Coal Ash Cleanup Enters Final Stages

We joined North Carolinians living near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps in telling the state that capping the toxic pits instead of moving the material away from water sources is a non-starter.


Asking N.C. Lawmakers to Reject Duke's Money Grab

In January, we joined NC WARN to call on our elected leaders to reject Duke Energy's anticipated grid plan that would allow the monopoly utility to enact up to $13 billion in rate hikes.


Hellos and Goodbyes

We welcome three amazing new members to our team and say a fond farewell to one.


Advancing State Environmental and Energy Reforms

A note from Appalachian Voices’ Executive Director Tom Cormons.


Advancing a Democratic Energy System

Our Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that is responsive and responsible to the people it serves.


Laying the Groundwork for Innovative Mine Reclamation Projects

A coalition of environmental groups including Appalachian Voices released a report in November detailing opportunities to give old mine lands new life.


An Eventful Fall at Appalachian Voices

We've filed a lawsuit against an unlawful coal mine in West Virginia, co-hosted a summit of landowners in the path of the MVP Southgate Pipeline, called out Virginia Gov. Northam for his egregious dismissal of two air board members during the board’s deliberations, and more.


Member Spotlight: John and Faye Cooper

John and Faye Cooper, owners of the renowned Mast General Store, are longtime supporters of Appalachian Voices and a host of charitable causes in the North Carolina High Country.


Political Energy and Energy Democracy

Appalachian Voices Executive Director Tom Cormons discusses why we need an energy system that works in the best interest of everyday citizens in order to protect our natural areas and our communities.


Member Tribute: Dean Whitworth

We remember former Appalachian Voices board member and longtime newspaper distributor Dean Whitworth, who was a passionate advocate for the land and water and served with numerous regional organizations.


Expanding Our Vision & Deepening Our Impact

Appalachian Voices staff and board share our objectives for the next three years, which will advance our regional vision of a healthy environment and strong local economies that allow communities to thrive.


Safeguarding our shared natural heritage

Our executive director shares his thoughts on protecting our shared lands and waters in the face of powerful industry.


New Study Maps Increase in Land Disturbed by Coal Mining

A new study shows that surface mining has cleared 1.5 million acres of land between 1976 and 2015, and also showed a drastic increase in the ratio of land cleared to tonnage of coal produced over the last three decades.