Inside Appalachian Voices

About Appalachian Voices’ program work

Member Spotlight: Diana Withen

October 11, 2017 Diana Withen is a teacher, leader and environmental advocate in Southwest Virginia, where she is also regularly distributes The Appalachian Voice.

Making Plans for 2018

October 11, 2017 The Appalachian Voices team came together from across the region in August to discuss how to best protect and uplift the region in 2018 and beyond.

Hellos and Goodbyes

October 11, 2017 As we say goodbye to our former associate editor Elizabeth (Lee) Payne, we welcome our new associate editor Kevin Ridder and our newest AmeriCorps Project Conserve member, Becca Bauer.

Appalachian Voices Annual Membership Meeting

October 11, 2017 On Nov. 30, you can meet the Appalachian Voices team at any of our four offices to learn more about what we're doing and discuss ways to advance a clean, just future in the region.

Fighting Duke Rate Hike

October 11, 2017 Appalachian Voices stands against the proposed Duke Energy residential customer rate hike of 16.7 percent, which pushes the burden of cleaning millions of tons of toxic coal ash to ratepayers.

Member Spotlight: Lucy and Rich Henighan

August 22, 2017 Lucy and Rich Henighan — Appalachian Voices members since 1999 — are making a difference in East Tennessee.

The Fight Against the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Continues

August 22, 2017 As federal regulators continue to rubber-stamp the dangerous, inadequate plans for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, we’re continuing to fight back alongside residents and grassroots groups across Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

NC Counties Pass Resolutions in Favor of Energy Efficiency

August 22, 2017 Three counties in the French Broad Electric Membership Corporation service territory have passed resolutions encouraging the electric co-op to develop a tariffed on-bill financing program that would help the co-op’s members afford home energy efficiency improvements.

Hellos and Goodbyes — Aug/Sept 2017

August 22, 2017 We welcome three new members to our Tennessee Energy Savings team, and bid farewell to our former Tennessee VISTA service member and the graphic designer for The Appalachian Voice.

Marching for Science and Climate and Other Shorts

June 15, 2017 Appalachian Voices was proud to join hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents who marched in Washington and around the nation for science and for the climate. We also released a new study on energy efficiency in Western North Carolina.

Testifying Before Congress on Mine Reclamation

June 13, 2017 Thom Kay, our senior legislative representative, testified before Congress in May regarding reclamation of former coal mines. He spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

Southwest Virginia Sunshine

June 13, 2017 Appalachian Voices and our partners were proud to co-host the Southwest Virginia Solar Fair on May 9, 2017.


June 13, 2017 Appalachian Voices is pleased to introduce our newly redesigned website. Come visit and tell us what you think!

Member Spotlight: Susan Tyree & Kent Walton

April 13, 2017 Virginia residents Susan Tyree and Kent Walton are long-time Appalachian Voices members. They share their passion for nature through Susan's art, Kent's work as an arborist, and their activism with the Quaker environmental and social justice community.

Two N.C. Counties Make Energy Efficiency History

April 12, 2017 Two North Carolina counties — Yancey and Mitchell — have become the first in the nation to pass resolutions supporting the development of an “on-bill financing” program for energy efficiency improvements by their electric utility.