Mary Anne Hitt

Mary Anne Hitt is director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which is working to eliminate coal pollution, stop climate disruption and repower the nation with clean energy. In 2012, Mother Jones described the campaign as “a grassroots rebellion [that] is winning the biggest victory yet on climate change.” Mary Anne was named one of the 10 most influential people of 2013 by SNL Energy, and she was listed in 2013 by theWashingtonian as part of “The New Guard: People Who are Shaping Washington” in Obama’s second term. In 2014, she and the Beyond Coal Campaign were featured in the Showtime climate series Years of Living Dangerously. She previously served as executive director of Appalachian Voices and other grassroots organizations. She received her Master’s of Science from the University of Montana and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, where she later received the 2008 Notable UT Woman Award. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and now lives in West Virginia with her family. 

| October 2, 2014
More than 85 percent of Maryland's residents live in areas where the air is unsafe to breathe. That's a huge number! Maryland lags far behind...

| July 11, 2014
"We have an epic problem. There is a reason asthma rates in Dallas average between...

| June 19, 2014
Every time we #PutSolarOnIt, we're not only creating clean energy and reducing our electric bills...
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| June 2, 2014
Americans want to turn the corner on climate disruption, we want safe air and water for our kids, and we want action now...

| March 20, 2013
SIERRA CLUB — This is a huge victory that is nationally significant for two reasons. First, it could well be the tipping point that allows us to finally tap the...

| November 7, 2012
In Appalachia and beyond, one thing is certain—President Obama's re-election means that for four more years, the marketplace and the American people will continue to move away from coal, and...

| August 30, 2012
King Coal's latest scheme is to try and take $2 billion of federal funds-our tax dollars-to build the Coalfields Expressway through rural Southwest Virginia. Coal companies plan to use mountaintop...

| August 21, 2012
The protection would have reduced life-threatening soot and smog pollution from power plants in 28 states and helped curb poor air quality days and respiratory illnesses that affect millions of...