On May 30, 2009, a community event promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability in the Kanawha Valley will be held at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charleston. Entitled Kanawha Valley Connections: Creating Pathways to Sustainability,” it will address a number of sustainability themes, including locally grown food, conservation, energy, green building, government and community resources, recycling, health, economic development, transportation, culture and history. The event will feature interactive and hands-on exhibits, activities for children, performances, and practical ideas for residents and businesses.
A group of volunteers is planning, marketing and organizing the event. Members currently include staff from the Mountain State Education & Research Foundation, Step by Step West Virginia, Habitat for Humanity Kanawha and Putnam County, Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, Charleston Area Alliance, Hunter /Miller+Associates, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Jeff Miller, one of the volunteers, explains why sustainability is important for this area: “Given the economic and environmental challenges we’re facing right now, we have to start taking a thoughtful look at how to nourish and grow our communities, for our own and for future generations. This means involving citizens, businesses, non-profits, and government in a coordinated and collaborative effort to make our area both prosperous and livable.”
The fair is partially funded through a $20,000 grant from the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative. The group welcomes participation by businesses and organizations interested in promoting sustainability in the Kanawha Valley. Companies with green or sustainable products, services or practices interested to be exhibitors may contact Will Taylor at (304) 382-1233.