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Community-driven solutions

Recognizing the community-driven innovation on transition solutions and the need for a coordinated national transition program, the Just Transition Fund launched the NET project in early 2019. With the facilitation of Dialogue + Design Associates, a community engagement and design firm, a diverse planning team of representatives from coal communities across the country worked to draft this platform and refine it over the course of a year through an extensive idea generation and feedback-gathering process. That process included a series of in-depth interviews with community leaders and members of coal-impacted communities, an in-person meeting of coal community and transition leaders in June of 2019, three regional stakeholder meetings in Appalachia, the Midwest, and the West, and a digital engagement campaign to gather input from the broader public from coal-affected regions in the fall of 2019.
Together, we envision a future where the communities hit hard by the decline of the coal industry have vibrant, resilient, and equitable economies with thriving, local businesses and quality, family-sustaining jobs.

Planning team members include:

Endorsers include:

Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Appalachian Voices
Michael L. Bentley, EdD, Salem, VA
Better Building Institute Inc.
Fritz Boettner, West Virginia
BlueGreen Alliance
Center for Coalfield Justice
Center for Energy and Environment 
Central Appalachian Network
Citizens Climate Lobby West Virginia 
Greg Pruszinske, City of Becker, MN
Climate Institute 
Coalfield Development 
Colorado AFL-CIO
Colorado Farm and Food Alliance
Community for Sustainable Energy
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Sylvia Crum
Dakota Resource Council 
Delta Institute

Dine’ Citizens Against Ruining our Environment
Louise Dunlap, Maryland
Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation 
Eco-Justice Collaborative 
Energy Efficient West Virginia
Larry Evans
Faith in Place Action Fund
Diane Fong, Bay City, MI 
Foundation for PA Watersheds
Generation West Virginia
Greater Ohio Policy Center
Green West Strategies
Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah
Dr. David W. Inouye, College Park, MD
Lou Ann Jessee-Wallace, Russell County, VA
Just Transition Fund
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Keystone Research Center

Labor Network for Sustainability
Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network
Metro East Green Alliance
Mayor Mark Mills, Coshocton, OH
Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Native Renewables
New Energy Economy
Northern Plains Resource Council
Ohio Citizen Action 
Ohio Consumers Power Alliance
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition 
Partnership for Responsible Growth
Ty Pell, Adams County Commissioner, Adams County, OH
People Incorporated of Virginia
Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation 
Policy Matters Ohio 
Powder River Basin Resource Council
Prairie Rivers Network
Renewable Northwest
Rural Action

San Juan Citizens Alliance
Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies
Sheep Mountain Alliance
Solar United Neighbors 
Jessica Stago, Winslow, AZ
The Climate Economy Education Inc
Tó Nizhóní Ání
Tribe Awaken 
Union of Concerned Scientists
Utah Clean Energy
Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
Virginia Organizing
West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
West Virginia Rivers Coalition
Western Clean Energy Campaign
Western Colorado Alliance
Western Organization of Resource Councils
Western Resource Advocates
Randall A. Wilson, Kentucky