Inside Appalachian Voices

About Appalachian Voices’ program work

Member Spotlight: Susan Tyree & Kent Walton

April 13, 2017 Virginia residents Susan Tyree and Kent Walton are long-time Appalachian Voices members. They share their passion for nature through Susan's art, Kent's work as an arborist, and their activism with the Quaker environmental and social justice community.

Two N.C. Counties Make Energy Efficiency History

April 12, 2017 Two North Carolina counties — Yancey and Mitchell — have become the first in the nation to pass resolutions supporting the development of an “on-bill financing” program for energy efficiency improvements by their electric utility.

Get Out the Sunscreen: Solar is Coming to Southwest Virginia

April 12, 2017 In early May, Appalachian Voices will co-sponsor two events to help usher solar energy into Southwest Virginia: the Southwest Virginia Solar fair on May 9 and the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum on May 10.

Gathering Voices Against the Pipelines

April 12, 2017 Add your voice to the call to block more fracked gas pipelines from criss-crossing our region!

Member Spotlight: Lynn Brammer

February 10, 2017 In Blacksburg, Va., Lynn Brammer volunteers to distribute The Appalachian Voice and helps direct excess local produce toward people in need.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Public Comment Period

February 9, 2017 The public comment period for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in open until April 6, 2017. Join Appalachian Voices at one of several listening sessions across the region.

Appalachian Voices welcomes new faces to team

February 9, 2017 Appalachian Voices welcomes two team members to our Norton, Va., office, as well as a new member to our Board of Directors.

Serving Residents Through Energy Savings

February 9, 2017 Appalachian State University students volunteered for the MLK challenge and provided energy efficiency upgrades for residents in the Boone area.

Daylight Savings Challenge

December 13, 2016 For the Daylight Savings Challenge, our Energy Savings team partnered with student volunteers from Appalachian State University to distribute almost 100 energy efficient LED light bulbs to six seniors across Watauga County, N.C.

Coal Ash Water Pollution Permit Disputed

December 13, 2016 On Nov. 15, Appalachian Voices’ North Carolina team attended a wastewater permit hearing for the Belews Creek Steam Station to help local community members push for stricter water pollution requirements.

French Broad Energy Forum is a Success

December 13, 2016 Nearly 60 citizens attended an energy efficiency information session in mid-November for members of the French Broad Electric Membership Corp., an electric cooperative that serves six rural counties in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee.

Changes at Appalachian Voices

December 13, 2016 Appalachian Voices welcomes a new Distribution Manager for the Appalachian Voice and our first Southwest Virginia Solar VISTA. We also announce a new position for a current staff member and bid goodbye to a departing staff member.

Repurposing Virginia’s Abandoned Coal Sites

December 13, 2016 On Nov. 1, Appalachian Voices together with Coal Mining Engineering Services, LLC, and Downstream Strategies released a groundbreaking new report demonstrating how abandoned mine lands can be reimagined to benefit the region.

Southwest Virginians Challenge Mine

December 13, 2016 On Nov. 7, community members voiced their concerns about the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop removal mine to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Standing Against the Mountain Valley Pipeline

October 7, 2016 Throughout September, Appalachian Voices met with community members in Virginia and West Virginia to join forces in the fight to stop construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.