West Virginia Sustainable Communities is a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection initiative housed at the West Virginia Community Development Hub with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
WVSC aims to increase the use of sustainability principles across West Virginia, and to assist in communities’ journey to become environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable for the benefit of current and future generations.
New Updates: We updated our Events page on August 5, 2011!
Here is a quick overview of what you’ll find on this website:
In "Sustainable Communities," you will find the basics to a sustainable community building, including introductions to WVSC members as well as links and articles.
"News & Opportunities" is your information source for hot news and new resources available to support sustainable community development and initiatives supporting community well-being. Under “Opportunities” discover job postings and trainings related to sustainability. You can also find sustainability events under "Events."
In "Get Connected," you can join the WV HUB’s newsletter and participate in the sustainability niche network, connect with other West Virginians who share your interest for sustainability projects and sustainable principles, or learn how you can support an existing WVSC member.
"Resources" page shares WVSC’s collection of documents and links categorized by topic areas. These tools come from other websites and from the WVSC team, and will assist you in finding new project ideas and how you can put them into action.
If you have suggestions on how this site could be more useful, or are aware of sustainability news, upcoming events and opportunities, please let us know.
Thank you for visiting the WVSC web site.
“Municipal sustainability planning is helping communities across the country lower energy costs, secure sustainable supplies of water, reduce air pollution, and encourage new economic development. Although every area of the country faces its own challenges, sustainable concepts and ideas can be adapted to the needs of any size community.”
– United States Environmental Protection Agency
“The first step toward energy independence is energy efficiency.”
– Joe Manchin III, Former Governor of the State of West Virginia
“I have seen firsthand how the tax credit can make a difference, both for the West Virginia industries that produce and sell these energy efficient windows and for the families who use them. We need to make it easier for people to understand and be able to take advantage of these tax credits, so they can get more for their money, particularly during these tough economic times.”
– Senator Jay Rockefeller on Energy Efficiency Tax Credits
“If a sustainability project can reduce costs in one area so that the savings can be used in another area, services can be provided without new revenues. In essence, every penny – even a penny –saved offsets the need to tax. The littlest projects over time can save significant dollars.”
– Clarksburg’s Jim Hunt