Honors College

Document Type

Honors Thesis




Darren Ranco

Committee Members

Christine Beitl, Kathleen Ellis, Cynthia Isenhour, Lisa Neuman

Graduation Year

August 2022

Publication Date

Fall 8-2022


This qualitative study utilized snowball sampling and semi-structured interviews in order to understand environmental coalition building in Virginia during 2014-2020, a critical time during which activists came together to resist the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Grass-roots activism has proven to be one of the most important elements in efforts to resist fossil fuel infrastructure such as the ACP. Understanding how activists with different perspectives can come together in common cause to form a successful environmental justice coalition a will help future movements advance policies to limit the effects of climate change and promote the cause of environmental justice.