Kristen Locy

In 2018, Kristen graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Environmental Studies and a passion to go back to the community where she grew up to make a positive impact. She joined the team in the summer of 2019 as an intern and was promoted to Outreach Coordinator in the summer of 2020. Kristen's family has lived in Washington and Greene Counties for generations. Her great-grandparents were coal miners and steel workers in Washington County. She has a passion for writing, storytelling, and helping to build community in the region she calls home. In her free time, you'll find Kristen canoeing local rivers, gardening, and spending time with her miniature schnauzer puppy named Karl.

Blog Posts by Kristen Locy

So Long, But Not Goodbye

By Kristen Locy | September 15, 2022

For those of you who were lucky enough to attend our wonderful “Party in the Park” fundraiser, you will already know this news. I am stepping down from my position at CCJ to attend graduate school this fall. At the end of a summer jam-packed full of fun CCJ community events, I am reflecting on […]

Sustainable Forestry is a Great Climate Solution

By Kristen Locy | May 20, 2022

Pennsylvania is not called Penn’s Woods for nothing! Our state is rich in natural resources with dense hardwood forests, in addition to our fossil fuels below the ground. According to Penn State data, Pennsylvania is the nation’s top hardwood producer. Additionally, forest-based recreation and tourism is the state’s second-largest industry.

Our Annual Seed Swap is Growing!

By Kristen Locy | April 26, 2022

On Sunday, April 3rd, 2022, we hosted our second annual “seed swap” in our new office at 30 East Beau St. It was a huge success, with over 70 people attending! We were hoping to have the seed swap in the exciting new Firefly Garden space near our office in downtown Washington; however, the cold, […]

How do we structure our organizing principles at CCJ?

By Kristen Locy | March 29, 2022

At the Center for Coalfield Justice, we are rooted in our communities here in Washington and Greene Counties. We take a bottom-up approach to our work, meaning the Center for Coalfield Justice follows the direction of our members, not vice versa. There is no place quite like the lush rolling hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and […]

Today is World Water Day, and coalfield residents need your help!

By Kristen Locy | March 21, 2022

DONATE NOW Imagine waking up and starting to make your morning coffee only to find that your water has stopped flowing. Many of those who live in coal country, unfortunately, have experienced or at least know a neighbor whom this has happened to. The likely cause of the water loss is longwall coal mining. In […]

Why Saving Seeds is a Radical Act

By Kristen Locy | March 8, 2022

Growing your own food and saving your own seeds is a radical act of self-sufficiency. In our modern, fast-paced world, many people would say food comes from “the supermarket” and couldn’t recognize the plants that grow their food. That isn’t the fault of most people who are busy working two jobs just to survive. Our […]

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