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Resources

Online Resources

If you have a particular project or an opportunity at hand, browse through our online resources to find additional information or tips HERE.

Currently, Technical Assistance for EECBG Recipients and others interested in improving energy performance for their facilities are available at the Solution Center of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Related webinars from the Solution Center are listed here, with some additional material.

West Virginia Sustainable Communities Resource Gazetteer

You are one click away from services and projects offered by West Virginia state agencies, U.S. EPA and more. Download and save a copy of the West Virginia Gazetteer to help you address your concerns ranging from pollution prevention to tips on saving money at home through energy efficiency measures. Additional tips from a variety of sources are available at the end of the document. These include resources on the following issues.
 

  • Sustainable Community Action
  • Energy Saving 
  • Water Use and Waste Reduction
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Green Building
  • Alternative Energy

WVSC Resource Gazetteer [PDF]

WVSC Members

Jump to Member Profiles.

For more information, you can read our factsheets below:
WVSC Factsheet [PDF]
WVSC Focus Communities [PDF]

Sustainability 101

The most frequently quoted definition of sustainability comes from the Brundtland Commission, which was convened by the United Nations in 1983 as the World Commission on Environment and Development. Their purpose was to address the concern “about the accelerating deterioration of the human environment and natural resources and the consequences of that deterioration for economic and social development.” The group defined sustainable development as:

“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The U.S. EPA offers its own narrative about sustainability on its website.

The term “Triple Bottom Line,” is often mentioned in discussions about sustainability. “Triple Bottom Line” accounting attempts to describe the economic, social and environmental impact of an organization’s activities in a measurable way. This form of evaluation adds social and environmental values to the traditional economic measures of success. The term was coined by John Elkington in 1994 and was elaborated on in his article, “Towards the Sustainable Corporation: Win-Win-Win Strategies for Sustainable Development.”

If you are interested in learning to enhance your understanding of sustainability, visit the following links, or browse through the WVSC Glossary of Sustainability Terms below.

Presidio Graduate School: Sustainable Management Terms: A resource for business managers interested in sustainability in the commercial/industrial operations.

U.S. EPA Terms of Environment: An online dictionary encompassing terms you will frequently hear in discussions surrounding sustainability.

WVSC Glossary of Sustainability Terms [PDF]
Sustainability Terms: Energy Focus [PDF]
Sustainability Terms: Environmental Hazards and Risks [PDF]

Case Studies

Successes and challenges from WVSC participants are the basis for future successes in sustainable community development. Our case studies serve to document the ways in which West Virginia communities address and overcome the challenges of being a sustainable community.

At this moment, there is no case study related to WVSC.