Mountaintop removal protested in Washington

Washington, DC - Thousands of protestors came to the capitol today to draw attention to the devasting impacts of the nation's addiction to coal upon America's mountains and mountain communities.

Mountains and communities devasted by search for coal

Brushy Fork Institute

Since 1988, Brushy Fork Institute has worked to develop strong leadership in Appalachian communities throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio. An outreach program of Berea College, the Institute offers leadership training, organizational development workshops and technical assistance to communities working for a better tomorrow.

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

MACED works to create economic alternatives that make a difference to people and places in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia. We invest in good ideas and help others move their good ideas forward.

Our work is organized into three major strategies.

Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE)

The University of Tennessee's Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university's research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.

Clean Water for North Carolina

Since 1984 Clean Water for North Carolina (CWFNC, formerly the Clean Water Fund of North Carolina) has worked for clean, safe communities and workplaces with hundreds of communities and thousands of North Carolinians. We have helped people in every county of North Carolina through organizing and technical assistance, and have been a key player in many statewide environmental issues. CWFNC researches environmental problems, analyzes public policy, and educates and empowers people.

Rural Action

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Rural Action's mission is to foster social, economic, and environmental justice in Appalachian Ohio. Together, we envision a region of clean streams, healthy forests, thriving family farms, meaningful jobs for everyone, lively towns that remember local history and celebrate their stories, music, arts, and crafts, and people working together to make this vision a reality.

Appalachian Voices

Appalachian Voices brings people together to solve the environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. Our mission is to empower people to defend our region's rich natural and cultural heritage by providing them with tools and strategies for successful grassroots campaigns.

Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities

The Appalachian Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities is a 501(c)3 membership organization of individuals, organizations, community groups, and educational institutions that promotes sustainable communities through networking, education, and research.

Future Grows More Hazy For Mountaintop Mining

From the Washington Post article, about two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency seemed poised to crack down on the "mountaintop" coal mines that are common in this region, which industry officials say would threaten thousands of jobs. The EPA said it had "significant concerns" about the mines -- in which peaks are legally blasted off to get at coal seams inside -- because neighboring streams are buried under displaced rock.