Alex Downing

Alex Downing is the Digital Communications Strategist for CCJ. He was previously our Communications Associate and an Outreach Fellow. He manages all of our social media and writes our monthly newsletter, the Coalfield Review. Alex was born and raised in Pittsburgh's north suburbs and learned about the importance of nature and conservation at a young age through his father and grandfather’s involvement with preserving parks and hiking trails in the area. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from American University and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Point Park University. Alex currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his partner Lindsey. Outside of work, he enjoys kayaking, watching movies, and rooting for the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates.

Contact Alex at alex@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Alex Downing

September 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | September 29, 2023

OUR FALL FUNDRAISER IS COMING UP! Our 9th Annual CCJ Fall Fundraiser is less than two weeks away! We can’t wait to spend the evening with residents, staff, board members, and allies from around the region in celebration of 29 years serving our community. We’ll have a homemade pasta dinner with bread donated by Breadworks, salad and dressing donated […]

August 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | September 26, 2023

Pitt Study Results Released On August 15th, the University of Pittsburgh and PA Department of Health released the results of their studies on the health impacts of fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The studies found the following: People with asthma living near wells during the production phase have a 4-5x greater chance of their asthma getting worse, including increased hospitalizations. […]

July 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | July 26, 2023

In case you missed it Reflections on the Small Town Summit, A Gathering of Rural Organizers From Across the Country. Earlier this summer, our organizers Tonya Yoders and Jodi Borello attended the Small Town Summit in Missoula, Montana. The summit brought together over 200 organizers from 25 states to share their experiences and guide their work shifting […]

June 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | July 9, 2023

Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. DRYerson Festival 2023 CCJ held our 17th Annual DRYerson Festival last Saturday, June 24th, at Ryerson Station State Park. Around 100 attendees gathered in community, commemorated the loss of Duke Lake, and joined us in supporting the continued process of […]

What is Environmental Justice, Anyway?

By Alex Downing | June 27, 2023

The term environmental justice gets thrown around a lot. President Biden talks about it, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has environmental justice policies, CCJ works on environmental justice issues, but what is it and how does it actually help people and communities? What is Environmental Justice? The environmental justice movement has its roots in […]

May 2023 Newsletter

By Alex Downing | June 8, 2023

May 2023 Coalfield Review Read our monthly e-newsletter, which will update you on our work, current action items, and upcoming events. Kids Fishing Day 2023 Our third annual Free Kids Fishing Day at Dutch Fork Lake was a huge success! We had more attendees than ever and handed out free fishing poles, bait, and lures to kids […]

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