Smart-Growth

Our Smart-Growth program guides the emerging renewable energy industry in Central Appalachia towards sustainable practices. This occurs by following the established standards of sustainability and by working with environmental consultants to create new targets for sustainable development in the region.

SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS

Forestry: The Rainforest Alliance works to encourage better on-the-ground forestry practices by rewarding businesses, communities and governments that meet the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for responsible forestry.   Forestry professionals verify that wood products come from responsibly managed forests where biodiversity is conserved and local communities are supported.

Construction: The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which provides various standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

NEW MEASURES

Human Sustainability Index (HSI):  The Human Sustainability Index is the JOBS Project’s idea for measuring the true impact of human activity and development in any given area.   A set of environmental, economic and social indicators would be used to create a rating system and a visual display of the Central Appalachia region (including industry statistics, health data, poverty rates, community videos, etc…).  Please contact us for more information.

Smart-Office Standard: We are developing standardized “Smart-Office” sustainability criteria, applying already established standards (RoHS, EPEAT, GREENGUARD, FSC, etc.), to our own office.  We will install energy efficient windows, PV panels, and demonstrate the newly emerging technology of transparent PV glass in our office windows.