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Fighting for RGGI and the climate

Communications intern Noah Vickers reports on six climate rallies that recently took place in support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Virginia.

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Advocates rallied statewide to protest move to withdraw Virginia from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Community members gathered to protest Gov. Youngkin’s plan to withdraw Virginia from RGGI, an action announced by Secretary of Natural Resources Travis Voyles at the State Air Pollution Control Board meeting earlier today.

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Conservation Crew Builds Trails in Dante, Virginia

Four crew members smile standing side by side outdoors.

Conservation crew members spent 10 weeks creating trails in Southwest Virginia.

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How the Coal Mine Cleanup System is Failing

A desolate patch of disturbed ground sits as a result of an abandoned surface mine.

The bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel has exposed many flaws in the current mine cleanup system.

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Virginia Agency Orders Bristol to Address Polluting Landfill

two people in front of a large guitar statue hold signs about the landfill problems

Residents are hopeful after the Bristol Virginia City Council responds to the state Department of Environmental Quality’s order to address landfill concerns.

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Solar Panels on Southwest Virginia Schools Signal a Diversifying Economy

A project manager in a neon vest and construction hat kneels atop the roof of the St. Paul school..

School solar projects demonstrate how Virginia’s coalfield counties are diversifying their economies and energy options with solar power.

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Virginia Governor Aims to Remove State from Greenhouse Gas Initiative

In 2021 Gov. Glenn Youngkin campaigned on a promise to get Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — a cooperative effort among 12 states to cap and reduce carbon emissions while investing in clean energy, energy efficiency and

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SELC, Appalachian Voices seek release of opinion that Virginia’s withdrawal from RGGI would violate law

A solar installation photo by NREL

CONTACT: Alexandra Werner-Winslow, SELC Communications Manager (VA), awernerwinslow@selcva.org, (434) 977-4090 Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices Virginia Policy Director, peter@appvoices.org, (434) 249-6446 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Today the Southern Environmental Law Center filed suit in Charlottesville Circuit Court on behalf of Appalachian Voices

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Support shown for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with a “march backwards”

Marchers rallied support for Virginia's continued participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Photo by Jen Lawhorne

Rallygoers in Richmond opposed Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s efforts to remove Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Planning ahead for a bright future in Virginia

This Sun Tribe Solar project utilizes native plantings, which provide pollinator habitat and reduce erosion. By creating a cooler microclimate, native plantings can even increase the efficiency of the panels! Photo by Sun Tribe Solar

Solar is essential to meeting urgent emissions reduction goals, but concerns about smart land use and the community and environmental impacts of large-scale solar don’t have easy answers.

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