The ARCH2 Community Engagement strategy maximizes opportunities for community and stakeholder input. We put communities first and provide a conduit for each project area and ARCH2 local- and regional-area stakeholder to offer input into project plans, help develop community benefits decisions, and participate in consent-based siting discussions in advance of project developments.

Our mission is to proactively manage stakeholder engagement through productive dialogue, comprehensive analysis, and defined measurement processes to foster and build relationships that maximize ARCH2 project impact within regional DACs and workforce. ARCH2 uses proven methods, is designed to be scalable and uses proactive communications to enhance transparency.

Community Benefits Manager: “As a life-long resident of the region, I am proud to be leading ARCH2’s Community Benefits and Engagement activities. I grew up in a coal-mining family and have witnessed first-hand the economic and societal impacts that energy transitions can have on communities. I have seen the broken promises of past industry and want to ensure that the promise of a clean energy economy does not become one of them. Representing the interests of our region’s disadvantaged and underrepresented communities, workers, families, and small businesses is my top priority.”
Melanie White (AST) 304.904.0054
Communications Manager: “AST has long supported the development of hydrogen as an essential building block of a clean energy future. Born and raised in the Appalachian region, I am very passionate about this project and believe in the mission and vision of ARCH2. As this project continues to evolve it is important to continue to tell our success story! With so many stakeholders, businesses, organizations, unions, and non-profits bringing such dynamic aspects to this project, it makes my storytelling job easy! Through many channels of communication, I get excited about fulfilling DOE’s vision and making Appalachia the nation’s ‘one-stop shop’ for hydrogen.”
Stephanie Pethtel (AST) 304.657.9107

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