Meet the Fest

Meet Green Jobs Panel and Coal Ash + Energy Justice, Appalachian Voices

Get Off the Grid Fest would like to welcomeGreen Jobs Panel and Coal Ash + Energy Justice, Appalachian Voices  as one of our valued sponsors!

Appalachian Voices works at the nexus of the ongoing shift from fossil fuels to clean, 21st-century energy sources — we fight mountaintop removal coal mining, fracked-gas pipelines and other harms to the people and places of Appalachia, and we advance energy efficiency, solar and wind power, and other economic solutions that create community wealth and sustain Appalachia’s mountains, forests and waters.

With offices in Boone N.C., Charlottesville and Wise County, Va., and Knoxville, Tenn., we combine grassroots organizing, policy advocacy and technical expertise to hold decision-makers accountable in courtrooms, in state capitals and in Washington D.C. to effect positive change in the region. Our bimonthly newspaper, The Appalachian Voice, reaches an estimated 150,000 readers across the region with stories of the people who are working to celebrate and protect Appalachia.

At Off the Grid Fest, our New Economy Program Manager Chelsea Barnes will talk about Appalachian Voices’ work to build a solar industry in Southwest Virginia and make solar power more affordable and accessible for residents and businesses as part of the Green Jobs panel. On Saturday at 5:30, we will share updates on the ongoing fight to clean up coal ash across the state as well as our exciting campaign to bring energy justice to North Carolina. We’ll have a table throughout the festival and look forward to seeing you there!

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