The ACT (Appalachian Climate Technology) Now Coalition (ACT Now) is a collaboration of key West Virginia cities, economic revitalization organizations, leading academic institutions, and private sector innovators that aims to spur job growth in 21 economically distressed and coal-impacted counties in Southern West Virginia by creating a hub of clean energy and green economy jobs.
ACT Now will transform the struggling Southern West Virginia region with economic investments and job creation in the solar industry, expansion of technology businesses, upgrades to buildings to be more energy efficient, the transformation of abandoned mine lands into new sustainable assets, and the redevelopment of industrial spaces and “brownfields” for 21st century manufacturing (the term “brownfield” refers to formerly industrial properties positioned for redevelopment that are often complicated by the presence of hazardous substances or environmental pollutants that require abatement. Once remediated, brownfield properties can transform dilapidated or contaminated structures from liabilities into community assets.)
A just transition from coal that establishes West Virginia as the global leader in climate resilience.
The ACT Now region of Southern West Virginia is recognized by the U.S. Intergovernmental Council on Energy Communities as the most economically distressed and coal-impacted area in America.
Our Strategic Threads unify our eight projects and are the guiding forces in achieving our goals, critical to building a new Appalachian economy.