A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Innovative Appalachians constructing a clean-energy world, one home at a time



An Innovative Biochar System

The Nexus biochar system boosts soil health while sequestering carbon and saving energy and money for local farmers.


The Tiny House Revolution

More and more people are building tiny houses as a sustainable alternative to traditionally large American homes.


A DIY Approach to Wind Energy

Roger Beale built a wind turbine in his own Virginia backyard. Now, he's passing on that information to kids competing in national turbine design competitions.


Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.


Extending the Growing Season

Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.


Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.


Home Projects to Save Energy and Money

Appalachian Voices recently produced several short instructional videos about home projects that can lower your energy bill as well as help you protect the environment by consuming less energy.


Vermicompost: Let earthworms green your kitchen

Vermicomposting relies on earthworms to turn kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment more quickly and with less odor than conventional composting methods.


Accelerating Appalachia's Energy Savings

Appalachian Voices' Energy Savings for Appalachia initiative is working with regional electric cooperatives to provide energy efficiency options for their members.


Power of Cooperation: Co-ops put solar on rooftops

By banding together in solar cooperatives, residents are negotiating better prices for home solar installations, supporting each other through the process, and becoming more empowered solar advocates.


Plugging-in Off the Grid

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has designed a 3D-printed single-room building and a 3D-printed vehicle that can wirelessly share energy with each other.


Knoxville Homes Get an Energy Makeover

The Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover project is working to weatherize 1,278 homes by September 2017. They aim to reduce energy spending by at least 25 percent for each home weatherized.


Vaughn’s Diesel

A Tennessee man has built his own biodiesel fuel processor and now uses cooking oil to run his farm equipment and truck.


Communities Find Solutions to Stormwater

To help reduce polluted stormwater from overwhelming nearby waterways, Appalachian cities, towns and universities are deploying green infrastructure and other creative methods.


Increasing Homeowner Access to Energy Savings

Financing programs are helping homeowners invest in upgrades that make residences more comfortable while lowering electric bills and reducing a home's carbon footprint.