FCWG 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series Session: Climate Action in Coal Country
In this session speakers from The Nature Conservancy will present "Climate Action in Coal Country - Forest Carbon and Renewable Energy as Economic Diversification Approaches".
Climate Action in Coal Country - Forest Carbon and Renewable Energy as Economic Diversification Approaches
- Campbell Moore, Central Appalachians Director, The Nature Conservancy
- Beth Wheatley, West Virginia External Affairs Director, The Nature Conservancy
- Eriks Brolis, Economic Development Lead & Senior Advisor, Global Lands, The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is working in the heart of coal country—West Virginia—to demonstrate that climate friendly activities can help mitigate climate change while benefiting local communities. Our Central Appalachians program and West Virginia chapter aim to build a large scale proof of concept of reuse of former surface coal mines and industrial coal lands for solar development, job retraining, and piloting alternative income streams through forest carbon offset generation. Our long term goal is demonstrate to policymakers and corporate interests that the vast forests and former industrial lands of this part of the world can be part of a climate solution that is good for business and good for local communities.
- TNC Presentation Slides: Climate Action in Coal Country
About the FCWG 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series
The Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) 2018-19 Learning Exchange Series covers current topics and issues in domestic forest carbon policies and management approaches for a changing climate. The FCWG represents a diverse group of forest interests including landowners, industry, conservationists, academia, and those active in carbon markets. The group has worked together for more than 8 years to advocate for state and federal policies that work to ensure sustainable forest use and prevention of land use change. We have currently been in the process of reinvigorating our focus and activities and welcome inquiries into our work. Please reach out if you have questions or think your organization may be interested in joining.