Our blogs are written by the staff of the Center for Coalfield Justice, with an occasional guest post. The most recent post appears on top, and others show up below in order of publishing date. You can receive the blogs in your inbox by signing up for our mailing list. Once per month we publish a newsletter, which contains most of the blog posts.

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Bipartisan bill would open Pennsylvania primary elections

By Paul Fedore / May 20, 2022

According to a 2020 report to the general assembly of Pennsylvania regarding the Administration of Voter Registration, more than 1.3 million voters were registered as independent or unaffiliated. Therefore, over a million people did not have the opportunity to vote in the primary elections that year, because Pennsylvania is one of only 11 states that […]

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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.

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Meet the New CCJ Team Members

By Veronica Coptis / May 20, 2022

This summer, CCJ will be hosting community meetings, educational events, festivals, and tabling around the community. Joining our team to help with our summer blitz are four fellows and a community organizer. Read more about each of them below:  Allison Evans (she/her) is our new organizer working primarily in Washington County, where she was born […]

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Takeaways for Washington and Greene Counties from “Climate Solutions from the Frontlines of Environmental Justice”

By Lisa DePaoli / April 29, 2022

It’s not often that environmental justice communities are centered in discussions about the solutions we need in order to address climate change. This is unfortunate for one critical reason: people who are most impacted by the climate crisis are the ones who know what has to happen to bring about real solutions. 

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$51.5 million coming to southwestern PA for infrastructure improvements

By Paul Fedore / April 29, 2022

On March 10th, Congress cleared the first major federal spending legislation of President Biden’s administration. The $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill will bring roughly $51.5 million to Southwestern PA. The funds will be distributed across the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland. The incoming funds are for initiatives including the construction of […]

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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, […]

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How Did Coal Get Mixed Up with Cryptocurrency?

By Nick Hood / April 20, 2022

Cryptocurrency is just about everywhere these days. The two most well known and currently used are Bitcoin and Ethereum, but there are numerous others out there as well.

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We Need Your Help to Strengthen Protections for EJ Communities

By Tonya Yoders / April 12, 2022

Currently, the OEJ Is accepting written comments on the draft policy. This is our chance to tell the OEJ that this policy has some great components to it, but there are some areas for improvement.

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Solar Power is a Great Climate Solution. Here’s Why.

By Heaven Sensky / April 8, 2022

When I first joined team CCJ back in 2019, I was tasked with supporting local community members in holding a Solar Festival in Greene County, the heart of Coal Country. Residents wanted to introduce the efficacy of solar power to their communities.

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