A Collaborative Approach to Sustainability: A Case Study of
West Virginia Sustainable Communities

Edward R. Crowe, Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, Gregory E. Adolfson, Gerald Biser, Kathleen Cullen

This case study presents the impact of the West Virginia Sustainable Communities initiative working in unison with a new program called Economy, Energy and the Environment-West Virginia (E3-WV). Highlighting the synergy of these programs, this paper will discuss how these initiatives are designed to help local governments and industries thrive in a new business era to promote sustainable government, manufacturing, and economic growth throughout West Virginia. The roles of the respective partners are emphasized with a focus on the potential for future development that can result from strong government, university, and private sector collaborations.