A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Innovative Appalachians constructing a clean-energy world, one home at a time



Yurts and the Significance of a Circle

Yurts offer an affordable, cozy housing option with a light environmental footprint.


Repair Movement Reinvigorates Fix-It Culture

Instead of throwing away broken electronics, furniture, appliances and more, community groups across Appalachia oppose disposal by fixing these items and teaching their neighbors how to do the same.


Getting Started Gardening

Make 2020 a year of new growth by starting a garden.


Beware of Spreading These Common Invasive Species

Don't be fooled by their looks — many popular plants sold in nurseries are actually invasive species that can kill off local flora.


An Appalachian Solar Tour

Numerous Appalachian homes and businesses took part in the 2019 National Solar Tour in October, sharing their experiences and opening their doors to the public to view their solar installations.


Pushing Back Against Plastics

Check out 10 ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and learn why the fight against plastic is connected to the petrochemical industry's plans to expand in Appalachia.


Permaculture Ponds

The Todds use permaculture principles to create sustainable systems that can improve water quality, treat wastewater and provide other benefits.


Retired Southwest Virginia Couple Goes Solar

Retired couple Kathy and Gary Selvage are happy they decided to put solar panels on their Southwest Virginia home.


An Innovative Biochar System

The Nexus biochar system boosts soil health while sequestering carbon and saving energy and money for local farmers.


The Tiny House Revolution

More and more people are building tiny houses as a sustainable alternative to traditionally large American homes.


A DIY Approach to Wind Energy

Roger Beale built a wind turbine in his own Virginia backyard. Now, he's passing on that information to kids competing in national turbine design competitions.


Shrinking Carbon Footprints

Carbon offset programs provide a way for those concerned about their environmental impact to support projects that capture carbon in the atmosphere. These projects can also provide benefits to local communities.


Extending the Growing Season

Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.


Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.


Home Projects to Save Energy and Money

Appalachian Voices recently produced several short instructional videos about home projects that can lower your energy bill as well as help you protect the environment by consuming less energy.