Organizations and individuals can learn about using resources more efficiently, reducing waste, improving personal health, and finding and adding more value to their community at Sustainability 101 workshops, scheduled for Thursday, September 15. The free workshops are sponsored by West Virginia Sustainable Communities and are being held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance, located at 1116 Smith St.
The two workshops will feature interactive sessions administered by professional trainers from Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery. Participants can expect to go home with lots of excitement and great ideas to improve their “Triple Bottom Line” of economic, environmental, and social prosperity.
To date, over 200 individuals attended the Sustainability 101 workshops around the state. Many have been inspired to become healthier, to be more engaged in the community, and to save money through smarter resource consumption. Past participants commented that “they found great opportunities for growing our communities and making a difference,” and “heard a lot of good ways to improve.”
These workshops are being offered in conjunction with the 2011 Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair. The Fair takes place on September 24th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Columbia Gas Transmission Building in Charleston. Last year, over 2,800 visitors enjoyed a day of food, fun, exhibits, and hands-on experience related to all facets of community well-being. For more information about the fair, please visit www.kvsfair.org.
The mission of the West Virginia Sustainable Communities program is to increase the use of sustainability principles across West Virginia, and to assist in communities’ journey to become environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable for the benefit of current and future generations. WVSC is housed at Bridgemont Sustainability Institute, in partnership with WV Department of Environmental Protection, WV Community Development Hub, and Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. For more information, please visit www.wvhub.org/wvsc.
Workshop participants can register for either the first or second workshop – the evening workshop is a repeat of the afternoon program. The workshops are free, but space is limited to 30 participants for each session. Please contact Kelly Jo Drey at 304-734-6709 or email@example.com to reserve a spot.