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

Hemp Can Help to Regrow Our Local Economy

By Kristen Locy | November 10, 2021

In late September, a few CCJ staff members took a field trip to Burnsville Hemp Company in West Finley in Washington County, with Greene County and the Bailey Mine CRDA just a stone’s throw away (see the photo above). As we drove through the winding roads to the farm, I was amazed how much of […]

Five Women of Color Creating a Better Community in Washington County

By Kristen Locy | February 18, 2021

layout-caption-below design-layout-inline combination-animation-none individual-animation-none individual-text-animation-none ” data-test=”image-block-inline-outer-wrapper”> This Black History Month we at CCJ are celebrating the rich black history here in Southwestern Pennsylvania. For this blog post, we interviewed five amazing women of color on their perspectives on what it means to be an advocate for justice in our community. Where she grew up: […]

Our Rich Local Black History

By Kristen Locy | February 18, 2021

Civil rights march – ‘March to the Post Office’ – in Washington PA in April 1964. Understanding our history is critical to building our future communities. It is not an accident that many of us did not learn the rich history of resistance and work to fight for respect and dignity for all people that […]

The “Close to Home” Beauty of SW PA

By Kristen Locy | August 4, 2020

There is a word for this in Japanese, shinrin-yoku (森林浴), which translates to ‘forest bathing’. I’ll think of this when I am out in the woods sometimes, when being immersed in the forest does literally feel cleansing. So there you go! In case you needed another excuse to get out of the house. Veronica Coptis […]

Rethinking Boundaries and Borders

By Kristen Locy | July 28, 2020

While watching the third installment of Movement Generation’s “Course Correction” series, I learned about the idea of thinking of places in terms of “bioregions” instead of the political boundaries we use today to govern, like counties or states. A bioregion is defined by Movement Generation as “a land and water territory whose limits are defined […]

Love in Times of Uncertainty

By Kristen Locy | March 18, 2020

As part of our What’s on your mind? blog series, we will be posting mid-month entries by CCJ staff as a way for you to get to know us better and to provide topical variety that is of interest to our members. This first entry is by Kristen Locy. So, I thought I’d focus more […]

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