The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

Novmber 25, 2016

A special message from our Executive Director

I believe deeply in Appalachian Voices' mission to bring people together for the well-being of Appalachian communities. In stark contrast, the presidential election has underscored and exaggerated our differences, overshadowing the fundamental values we all share. But being discouraged is not an option. Instead, we must join together like never before.

[ Read Tom’s message ]

Help stop fracked-gas pipeline!

The massive Mountain Valley Pipeline is not needed, and would burden local citizens with higher electric bills, the risk of explosions, and degraded forests, air and water. And it would lock us into decades of climate pollution. No matter where you live, you can tell the federal government to reject this ill-conceived pipeline.

[ Take Action: Tell FERC to reject the MVP application! ]

Coal mines to solar farms

Appalachian Voices undertook a seven-month project in Southwest Virginia to identify abandoned surface mines that — with th help of federal funding — hold the greatest potential to be cleaned up and repurposed for a variety of economic projects, such as solar installations, sustainable farms, or community parks.

[ Read about the 14 sites ]

Western North Carolina community supports energy efficiency

Our recent "French Broad Community Energy Forum" in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and folks from local government, community service agencies and businesses to talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements.

[ Read more ]

New faces at Appalachian Voices

We’re delighted to welcome three new staffers to our team. Katie Kienbaum, a native Virginian and University of Pittsburgh grad, is our new AmeriCorps Energy Savings Associate. Peter Anderson, also a native Virginian who holds a law degree from George Mason University, is our Virginia Campaign Coordinator. And though not a “new” face here, Lauren Essick has transitioned from our Appalachian Voice Distribution Manager to the North Carolina Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator.

[ Meet our team ]

Fostering climate resilience

As climate change continues to impact Appalachia, efforts are underway to respond. Researchers are tracking the effect on forests and building seed banks for native plants. In Knoxville, one group is providing training for energy-efficiency jobs, and another group in West Virginia is educating teachers about climate change.

[ Read the story in The Appalachian Voice ]
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Things to be thankful for
In these challenging times, the staff of Appalachian Voices wanted to take this opportunity to express what we are thankful for, and to invite you to do the same.


Patagonia donating 100% of Black Friday sales to nonprofits

The company that is "100% for the planet" is quite literally showing their devotion to that cause. Show your support for their ethos — and for groups like Appalachian Voices — by shopping Patagonia on Friday, Nov. 25.


Join Appalachian Voices today to help us protect the air, water, mountains and people of Appalachia.

AppVoices Membership Meeting & Holiday Party!

Join us at one of our four main offices on Thurs., Dec. 8 to meet the staff of Appalachian Voices and learn more about our campaigns and plans for 2017. RSVP to let us know you're coming!



"We The People" Investigate FERC
Dec. 2: Gather at the National Press Club for a hearing about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's role in fracked gas pipeline expansion. Washington, D.C.
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Dumplin's & Dancin'
Dec. 2-3: Come enjoy the Hindman Settlement School's celebration of Appalachian heritage, food and dance. Hindman, Ky.
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Christmas Tour

Dec. 2-3: The Museum of Appalachia invites you to usher in the holiday season with a flashlight! Clinton, Tenn.
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Virginia General Assembly Preview
Dec. 3: The Virginia Conservation Network holds a day-long preview of the state's General Assembly. Richmond, Va.
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Environmental Health Science FEST
Dec. 5-8: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and learn about new advances. Durham, N.C.
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NC Climate
Justice Summit

Dec. 9-11: Join this statewide gathering to explore socially just solutions to the climate crisis. Browns Summit, N.C.
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Introduction to Falconry
Dec. 17: Learn about the history, equipment and technique of the sport of falconry. Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis, W.Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
[ Full calendar ]

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