West Virginia University researchers are seeking participants for an online questionnaire exploring environmentally and economically sustainable energy development and utilization in West Virginia.

Faculty in WVU’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and Regional Research Institute received a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine two important energy rich regions of the world –West Virginia and the province of Shanxi in China. This survey is a component of that ongoing project.

“The objective of the survey is to elicit expert opinion to inform policy that encourages optimal energy development to meet the region’s energy demands today and in the future,” said Davina Bird, a doctoral candidate in agricultural and resource economics who is coordinating the survey.

The team already completed a similar survey in Shanxi, which has many similar characteristics to West Virginia, including a rich supply of coal.

The survey data will be used for research purposes. It can be taken online. Participation in the survey is strictly voluntary, and all collected data will kept anonymous.

People interested in sustainable energy in West Virginia, particularly those engaged in industry, regulation or education, can participate by clicking on the following link to access the online survey: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7362YVSVuAQixal. Participants are also invited to forward this survey to colleagues or other individuals who are engaged with these issues.

For additional information, please contact J. Wesley Burnett, assistant professor of natural resource economics, at 304-293-5639 or at jwburnett@mail.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: David Welsh, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
304.293.2394, David.Welsh@mail.wvu.edu

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