Sustainable West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s mission is to promote a healthy environment. The WVDEP’s role is to protect the environment while leaving room for a sustainable industry base that leads to a sustainable future for communities throughout West Virginia. Such a task requires careful balance between protecting air, land, and water, and regulating industry, permitting extraction of natural resources, and protecting the public from hazards of pollution.

The WVDEP is committed to sustainability and stewardship and to protecting and improving the environmental quality of life for all of West Virginia's citizens. We should never forget the role our beautiful scenery and rich, yet finite, natural resources played in the development of this state and its culture and heritage.

The WVDEP works statewide to integrate and infuse sustainability concepts and principles into all aspects of government, nongovernment, public processes, legislation, regulations, policies, projects, and strategies including pollution prevention and public outreach, education, capacity building, and leadership development.

The WVDEP engages municipal, county, state government agencies, non-government organizations, and the public regarding methods and technologies to reduce waste, save energy, conserve water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase environmental awareness, and act in an environmentally, economically, and socio-culturally responsible manner.

The WVDEP provides leadership, guiding principles development, and governmental and organizational oversight of Sustainable West Virginia, an initiative that includes sustainability programs such as energy, water, waste, and resource conservation; sustainability outreach and education; high performance green buildings; pollution prevention; Smart Growth; Low Impact Development; management systems; E3: Economy, Energy, and the Environment; Going Green Poll; itravelgreen® West Virginia; Leadership Development and Capacity Building; Stewardship Action Council; Sustainability Partnership Program; Sustainable Schools West Virginia; and, West Virginia Sustainable Communities.

The WVDEP works closely and coordinates activities and programs with stakeholders such as elected officials, government, nongovernment organizations, academia, non-profit communities, businesses, tourism, suppliers, contractors, industry trade groups, labor groups, advocacy groups, healthcare, communities, and the public at large to accomplish all levels of conservation and sustainability within the state to include compliance with environmental regulations and legislation; pollution prevention; health and safety; green purchasing; energy, water, waste, and resource conservation; green building; greenhouse gas reduction; alternative and renewable energy resources; technical and financial assistance; and economic, environmental, and social performance reporting metrics.

The WVDEP plays an intricate role in disseminating information and working to increase public awareness, stimulate internal and external communication, educate present and future generations, and encourage citizen participation.


Sustainable West Virginia Programs:

  • E3: Economy, Energy, and the Environment;
  • Going Green Poll;
  • itravelgreen® West Virginia;
  • Leadership Development and Capacity Building;
  • Stewardship Action Council;
  • Sustainability Partnership Program;
  • Sustainable Schools West Virginia; and,
  • West Virginia Sustainable Communities.

Click on one of the many programs under the auspices of Sustainable West Virginia on the Navigation Menu on the left side of the screen.


Sustainable West Virginia Contact:

Greg Adolfson, Sustainability Officer

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
601 57th Street, South East
Charleston, West Virginia 25304

Office: (866) 568-6649 Extension 1332
Cellular: (304) 389-7603

gregory.e.adolfson@wv.gov

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