Coal River Wind Educational Website
- Network Innovation
This was a seed grant under the Collaborative Initiatives Fund to support Jennifer Osha (2000 Fellow), representing the West Virginia-based advocacy organization, Aurora Lights, and Evan Hansen (1996 Fellow), President of Downstream Strategies. Jen and Evan collaborated on producing portions of a multimedia website and community guide to organizing local wind campaigns. The regional focus of this work is the Coal River Valley in southern West Virginia. The website, Journey Up Coal River, is intended to educate community groups about wind power as an alternative to mountaintop removal coal mining. The website won the e-Appalachia website of the year award from the Appalachian Studies Association, and was also noticed by the West Virginia Humanities Council which provided a grant for Jen and Evan to deepen some of the mapping work on the site.