Sustainability http://wvtf.org en Resurrecting The American Chestnut Tree http://wvtf.org/post/resurrecting-american-chestnut-tree <p>American Chestnut trees used make up twenty-five percent of the Appalachian forest.&nbsp; A blight, in the early 1900s changed that, and today they’re all but gone from the forests from Georgia to Maine.&nbsp;</p><p>But the tree left us a way to resurrect it from the dead, and with it, a kind of message:&nbsp; Only with the help of human beings will the towering Chestnuts return.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:16:11 +0000 Robbie Harris 21475 at http://wvtf.org Resurrecting The American Chestnut Tree Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency http://wvtf.org/post/federal-lawmakers-tackle-energy-efficiency <p>This week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bill that would modernize the federal government's use of energy, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The federal government is the single biggest consumer of energy in the U-S, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it an example to the private sector.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Matt Laslo 20829 at http://wvtf.org Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency Going Green? Cost is a Primary Concern in VA http://wvtf.org/post/going-green-cost-primary-concern-va <p>Despite concerns about climate change, Virginia’s largest electric utility still generates more than half of its electricity from fossil fuels, and by 2027 Dominion Power expects to get&nbsp; nearly 60% of its power from coal and gas.&nbsp;</p><p>The state’s other electric utility, Appalachian Power, is also big on carbon-based fuel.&nbsp; By 2020, parent company AEP says 79% of its power will come from burning coal and gas.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18704 at http://wvtf.org Going Green? Cost is a Primary Concern in VA Going Green? VA Called the 'Dark State' of Solar http://wvtf.org/post/going-green-va-called-dark-state-solar <p>Critics say Virginia lags behind neighboring states in the development of wind and solar power, in part because lawmakers are influenced by two monopolies – Dominion and Appalachian Power.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s more profitable for them to stay with fossil fuels and nuclear power, and the state requires them to keep prices down, but supporters of renewable energy say lawmakers are coming around.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18771 at http://wvtf.org Going Green? VA Called the 'Dark State' of Solar Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency http://wvtf.org/post/passivhaus-energy-efficiency <p>According to Virginia Dominion Power the average monthly residential electric bill in the state is $119.82 a month.&nbsp;</p><p>With the deep temperatures of winter and depending on our heat source we can find bills for a single month two to three times that amount.</p><p>But there's a method of home construction that for one homeowner has cut their electric bill by more than half the state average.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Tab O'Neal 14822 at http://wvtf.org Passivhaus & Energy Efficiency