The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Bringing A Renewed Sense of
Community to our Citizens

This issue of The Advocate we feature our intrepid Red, White & Water team, which was on the road in North Carolina over the last couple months meeting with people living near toxic coal ash ponds. Our team of staff, interns and volunteers made hundreds of phone calls and knocked on dozens of doors. We also teamed up with Dr. Avner Vengosh and his graduate students from Duke University to sample drinking water wells and test for the toxic chemicals associated with coal ash pollution. The response was tremendous...

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New Power for the Old Dominion

New Power campaignAppalachian Voices and partners are kicking off a new campaign to bring clean, renewable energy to the state of Virginia. In the next few weeks, the Wise Energy for Virginia coalition will host a series of events across the state, and will also launch a new website with a pledge drive for Virginians to add their voice to the call for New Power in the Old Dominion.

[ Get a sneak peek of the new campaign ]

Inaugural Southeast Coal Ash Summit

Southeast Coal Ash SummitAre you concerned about coal ash near your community? Join the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Appalachian Voices, national and regional experts, advocates and concerned citizens for a two-day summit this September to discuss the threat and what we can do to protect our communities.

[ Learn more and register for the summit ]

New Vision
A "New Vision" for Solar in Appalachia

Amid the hills of West Virginia, a faith-based community group is teaching residents to build their own solar panels. According to New Vision co-founder Ruston Seamon, "The only answer to overcome dependency is productivity." In the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice we take stock of the region's solar situation, from innovative leases that can help you get solar in your community to questionable energy policies.

[ Read how New Vision combines creation care with D.I.Y. ]

Dave Matthews and BamaWorks Help Drive Appalachian Voices

For a second year in a row, The Dave Matthews Band has generously contributed $10,000 to support ourAppalachian Water Watch program in Virginia. This gift will help us continue to protect Appalachian waterways and hold coal companies accountable. BamaWorks Fund, the Dave Matthews Band's charity organization, has contributed more than $14 million to charities worldwide.

[ Learn more about the good work of Bamaworks ]



Donate to protect Appalachia today
Support our work to bring a cleaner energy future to Appalachia - By donating today, you will add to our newest program, Energy Savings for Appalachia, which is working to promote energy efficiency in Southeastern electric cooperatives.

[ Become part of the
solution today

Susan HazelwoodSusan Hazelwood:
Avid hiker, passionate conservationist and a key player in the preservation of one of North Carolina's newest state parks

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A Bright Economic Future for West Virginia
Sept. 4: Join an open forum to discuss the potential for future economic development in West Virginia. Charleston, W.Va.
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Pine Mountain Community Fair Day
Sept. 7, 9 a.m. Includes competitions for food preservation, baked items, garden vegetables, flowers, quilting and crafts. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Ky.
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Wilderness First Responder Course
Sept. 14-21. 72-80 hours of instruction. Spruce Knob, W. Va. Contact Dave Martin by phone 304-567-2632 or email.
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Southeast Coal
Ash Summit

Sept. 27-28: A two-day event to bring advocates, experts and community members to learn about coal ash. Atlanta, Ga.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
Check out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

August 24, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 8

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