Our Work

All of our work is informed and directed by people who live in Washington and Greene Counties. We work with people around the issues that are impacting them, which typically fall into four pillars: Coal, Oil/Gas & Petrochemical, Economic Justice, and Democracy. Through our work in these categories, our focus is to invest in the leadership of those who are most impacted and to help create communities of people that possess the skills and analysis to advocate for their basic rights to a healthy environment and thriving economy.

Directly below, you can access more information on the different facets of our work, and our blogs appear beneath, beginning with the most recent.

Updates on our Work

$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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Pennsylvania’s 2022 Redistricting Process is Complete

By Paul Fedore | March 28, 2022

After months of a very long and confusing redistricting process, the state of Pennsylvania has now approved Congressional, House, and Senate district maps. The interactive maps can be explored at […]

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A Transition is Needed: Yet, We Might Want to Question What We Are Transitioning Into

By Ethan Story | March 28, 2022

Natural gas, once presented as an energy source to help the transition from coal, has transformed into a relatively inexpensive and reliable energy source worldwide. However, our reliance on fossil fuels has resulted in irreparable and immense destruction of land and lives. That is why there are many making the argument for a just transition. Part of this transition plan, very simply, is that we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and slowly start to transition that reliance to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. 

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Oil and Gas Amid Invasion of Ukraine: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

By Sarah Martik | March 23, 2022

Oil and gas prices are hitting families across the globe exceptionally hard in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Narratives around who’s to blame and what could/should/would be happening […]

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