September 22, 2022

Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline and preserve environmental protections! 


Yesterday, Sen. Joe Manchin released his “permitting reform” bill to attempt to green-light the Mountain Valley Pipeline and weaken environmental protections for communities impacted by energy projects. The House and Senate are expected to vote next week, and we need your help to stop this bill!



No easy answers for coal ash

Cleanup of coal ash is necessary to protect groundwater and communities, but safely removing the toxic waste brings its own set of challenges.


Victory! Black lung tax extension supports miners and their families

Miners with black lung and their advocates recently scored a huge victory, and there are big plans for what’s next!


North Carolinians deserve a statewide People’s Energy Plan

We're gathering input from across NC about what our energy future should look like. Learn more and take the survey!



Tell Congress to clean up acid mine drainage!

The bipartisan STREAM Act would help states and tribes clean up acid mine drainage. The bill has passed the House — now we need the Senate to act.

The river chub: A key species and aquatic mystery

Chubs are already a unique family of fish. But when snorkelers discovered them in an unusual location, the species became even more fascinating.


In Case You Missed It...

  • Fighting for RGGI and the Climate: A look at six rallies that took place in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Virginia
  • Land Ownership & Coal: How absentee landowners and inaccurate records can stifle economic development in coal communities
  • Now Hiring: Want to support Appalachian Voices' vision for a cleaner energy future? View our open positions and apply today!


Rally for RGGI
Sept. 26: Meet on the sidewalk outside of Virginia DEQ in Richmond to protest Governor Younkin's illegal action to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Highlander’s 90th Homecoming
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Highlander Research and Education Center's hybrid homecoming event celebrating 90 years of building power and movement in the South.


#StopMVP Movement Art Summit

Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m.: Food, music, crafts, art showcases from the history of the MVP movement, speeches and space to relax. Kid-friendly. Blacksburg, Va.


People’s Energy Plan Listening Session       

October 8: Join us at West Jefferson Memorial Park from 2-4 p.m. to learn about how people feel about their daily connection to energy and electricity. Contact for further questions.  


Rally for Environment and Clean Energy            Oct. 9: Rally with the Green Team of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke in support of climate action. 


Virginia Solar Summit Live Stream

Oct. 13: Second season of the limited webinar series discussing solar development issues in Virginia.

Muster Grounds Cleanup       

Oct. 16: Annual cleanup hosted by the Upper Tennessee Roundtable in partnership with Sustain Abingdon. Call 276-628-1600 for more info or to sign up in advance.


Three Rivers Art Auction       

Oct. 16: Upper Tennessee Roundtable's annual art auction at the Abingdon Winery raises funds to support a variety of programs. 


Rocktown Energy Fest Oct. 29: A free event hosted by James Madison University to inform Rockingham community members on sustainable energy and living

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