Sarah Martik

Sarah joined the CCJ team as a Community Organizer in 2017 after previous work in performing arts and foreign language education, and became our Executive Director in 2023. A resident of Coal Center, PA, she is excited to work on issues related to legacy coal mining and the connection between the Appalachian petrochemical buildout and increases in fracking in southwestern PA communities like hers. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy but often says that her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the California University of Pennsylvania has been more useful in her work than anything else (ask her why sometimes!). When she is not working, Sarah loves spending time with her fiancé, niece, and nephews, and going on walks with her "fur kid" Lucy.

Contact Sarah at smartik@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

Blog Posts by Sarah Martik

Protectors of Mingo Remain Active; Ramaco Permitting Process Continues

By Sarah Martik | November 8, 2018

This campaign has been active for 6 years, with small wins along the way. Township officials met with residents years ago to place a set of restrictions on the mine designed to protect community members, drivers and their passengers through the area, and homeowners. Currently, POM are keeping an eye on developments in the permitting […]

Demonstrations Impact Shale Insight Conference

By Sarah Martik | October 26, 2018

Concerned residents from throughout the Appalachian region gathered in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, October 23 and Wednesday, October 24 for two connected actions designed to counter the Shale Insight Conference. The next morning, the major day of action began at Point State Park with a native-led water ceremony. Participants in the ceremony bought water from upstream […]

Defend Our Water – Day of Action in Pittsburgh!

By Sarah Martik | October 18, 2018

The petrochemical industry will be holding its annual Shale Insight Conference from Tuesday, October 23 – Thursday, October 25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA — and local groups are organizing to send a message that they are unwelcome here. Join us for three days of action around the city of […]

CCJ Speaks Out at DEP and in California Borough

By Sarah Martik | September 24, 2018

The day began at an event at the Department of Environmental Protection’s Southwest Regional Office in Pittsburgh, where the Breathe Project organized a press event to draw attention to the Falcon pipeline permits. The Falcon, which would transport natural gas liquids to the Shell Ethane Cracker Plant in Beaver County, PA, is still undergoing review […]

4th Annual Party in the Park Early Bird Deal!

By Sarah Martik | August 27, 2018

We’re ONE MONTH away from our 4th Annual Party in the Park! Join us for a night of fall fun in the name of supporting access to environmental justice across communities in Washington and Greene Counties! Already know you want tickets? Skip to the end of this blog. Not convinced you want to attend? Keep […]

CCJ Attends Public Hearing to Advocate for No Increased Discharges into Mon. River

By Sarah Martik | August 10, 2018
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