“From the perspective of environmental sustainability, energy use and extraction is one of the most important drivers,” says Aaron Sutch, Energy Program Manager at The Mountain Institute. Based in Morgantown, West Va., Sutch specializes in energy and resource management and connects local citizens with sustainable energy initiatives, such as solar power.
The Irrawaddy River basin project is based off blue moon fund’s 2012 scoping mission in Burma, in which experts on Myanmar and the environment determined that an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) program would best suit the region’s economic development in combination with environmental sustainability.
Illegal gold mining, driven by the increase in international prices and other macroeconomic factors, is rampantly spreading in the Amazon and carries catastrophic effects. Environmental issues resulting from artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) include deforestation, soil loss, reduced water quality, and mercury release into the food chain.
Today marks the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the Gulf Coast – a storm ranked as one of the costliest national disasters, amounting to billions of dollars in damage, killing more than 1,700 people, and displacing hundreds of thousands residents. Hurricane Isaac, not as damaging but still a threat, was only a year ago. The storm hit Plaquemines Parish the day before the anniversary of Katrina.
The mission of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition is to, “build, support and strengthen a statewide network of those involved in West Virginia’s local food economies, with the interconnected goals of improving access to healthy, locally-produced food for all West Virginians and helping viable food and farm businesses to grow.”