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Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

snowmaking

As Southeast ski resorts upgrade their snowmaking equipment, many are finding that the investment isn’t just good for business  — it’s helped to slash energy consumption and water use.

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Stake a claim in your electric co-op!

The 2020 election season is over. But wait, there’s more! Next year in Virginia, you have the opportunity to run for your local electric co-op board.

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Young Black Leaders Steer the Way for Change in Appalachia

Members of JEPC watch the mayor sign the declaration in an office

Organizations built to fight for equity and uplift Black lives are surging throughout Appalachia and young leaders are steering the way.

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The Appalachian Pipeline Resistance Movement: “We’re Not Going Away”

Desiree Shelley

Residents along the paths of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines have made it clear that fracked-gas projects are not welcome.

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Southwest Virginia schools, local governments urge fair access to solar

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, New Economy Program Manager Appalachian Voices chelsea@appvoices.org 276-207-9636 NORTON, VA. – Several school boards and counties in Southwest Virginia are calling on local leaders and Appalachian Power Company to allow fair access to solar energy for their

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To Stop an American Extinction Crisis, the Southeast Must Pivot Away From Fossil Fuels

Big Sandy Crayfish

One of the worst chapters of the global extinction crisis is playing out in America’s Southeast, a region that rivals the rainforests with its staggering array of aquatic biodiversity.

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Saving Appalachian Species

The Endangered Species Act plays a crucial role in protecting our region’s wealth of biodiversity — but this bedrock environmental law is under attack.

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Pushing back on Appalachian Power’s unfair solar restrictions for schools and governments

Solar Panels

Appalachian Power Company is blocking local schools and municipal governments from installing solar. But these public entities have the opportunity to strike a better deal during upcoming contract negotiations with the obstructionist utility.

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Covid’s impact on coal sharpens the pandemic’s economic hardships

Empty train cars along a mountain road

Even before the pandemic, a growing number of coal companies were declaring bankruptcy — and now the decades-long decline of coal is in a nosedive. This will leave already-shortchanged coalfield communities even less money to deal with decades of damage to people’s health and the environment.

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Utility affordability in the time of Coronavirus

Equitable access to affordable water and energy services — fundamental to human well-being and public health — has been a significant though largely unseen problem for decades. Then Covid struck.

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