Appalachian Voices opened an office in Charlottesville, Va., in 2007 to help organize citizen opposition to a proposed coal-fired power plant in Wise County. Through that work, we established strong roots in the Old Dominion, and today it’s our second largest office. In 2015, we opened an office in Norton, in the heart of coal country in Southwest Virginia, to deepen our work with local citizens and leaders to diversify the region’s economy as coal continues to decline.

Appalachian Voices is a member of the Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative and supports the Mission and Vision of the Collaborative.

New Economy

Forging partnerships with people of diverse interests to work toward our common goal of reviving the region’s economic well-being.


Photo by Sierra Shamer / FracTracker
Fracking and Pipelines

“Clean” natural gas is a myth, and proposals to build huge pipelines here pose one of the greatest environmental threats in our region today.


Photo of mountaintop removal mining by Kent Mason
Mountaintop Removal

Thirty years of satellite imaging show how mountaintop removal is moving ever closer to people’s homes.