The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia



Promoting equity in the transition to clean energy

Friday, June 26th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

A new report examines the economic, social and health disparities associated with energy development, and highlights promising points of intervention to reduce inequities in the transition to clean energy. [ More ]


Restoring Appalachia through outdoor recreation

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition held a webinar in May in which regional organizations including Appalachian Voices spoke on innovative mine reclamation work being done to turn coal-impacted lands into outdoor recreation hot spots. [ More ]


A movement towards High Country energy democracy

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

More than 150 people gathered in February to discuss what their local energy utilities should be doing to address the climate crisis and create renewable energy jobs in the NC High Country. Transparency from our utilities and participation in decision-making is even more important as we face the current pandemic. [ More ]


Saving Appalachian streams for crayfish and communities

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Two imperiled crayfish will have more protected habitat in Appalachian streams if a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approved. The agency is taking public comment now. [ More ]


Dante: A beacon of hope for Southwest Virginia

Friday, October 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The small community of Dante is bringing big dreams into action. Appalachian Voices volunteer Sara Lamb shares highlights of the Dante Community Association's work and reflects on what this progress means for Southwest Virginia. [ More ]


Appalachian Voices receives grant for solar in Southwest Virginia

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, creating jobs and community wealth. [ More ]


Say “no” to Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension

Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The same company that has wracked up hundreds of water quality violations building the Mountain Valley Pipeline wants to extend the pipeline another 70 miles. A public comment period is open now. [ More ]


Mountain Valley Pipeline soils all in its path

Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Trained citizen monitors in Va. and W.Va. have documented hundreds of violations and possible violations from construction along the Mountain Valley Pipeline. They continue calling for an immediate stop-work order from regulators. [ More ]


What is Congress going to do about black lung’s resurgence?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

In June, advocates for black lung healthcare testified before Congress and urged them to act on the deadly disease's resurgence. Donate today to help send coal miners with black lung to D.C. in July to fight for the healthcare they deserve! [ More ]


Trump administration backs down on closing job centers

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

The Trump administration opted not to close down nine job centers that serve rural areas, including four in Appalachia, after widespread public backlash. [ More ]


Advocates for Appalachia in D.C. this week

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

Meet Laura Miller, Jacob Hannah and Darrell Coker -- three Appalachians who traveled to D.C. this week to stand up for their communities and advocate for passage of the RECLAIM Act. [ More ]


As Duke Energy contests cleanup, new evidence points to coal ash risks

Monday, June 17th, 2019 | Posted by AV's Intern Team | No Comments

As Duke Energy appeals the state of North Carolina’s coal ash cleanup order, new information points to the severity of the problem and why coal ash excavation is needed. [ More ]