The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection works to protect its environment and abundance of natural resources in order to preserve them for future generations. Key programs and projects of the Department of Environmental Protection include: the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP), Project CommuniTree,
REAP brings together all of West Virginia's environmental cleanup programs under one umbrella, including litter removal, statewide recycling, and open dump cleanups. The West Virginia Make it Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV one of the cleanest states in the nation through volunteerism. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. Since its inception in 1989, the Pollution Prevention and Open Dumps program has cleaned over 13,000 dumps across West Virginia, removing 135,825 tons of refuse from unauthorized locations and prosecuting individuals who participate in open dumping.
Project CommuniTree is a new initiative of the Division of Forestry to promote urban tree planting. By promoting proper tree planting and care, West Virginia is empowering its residents to address the needs of watersheds and riparian areas.
The West Virginia Division of Energy provides valuable energy conservation information, resources and assistance to individuals and businesses. In addition to information about home energy audits and energy saving tips, the Division has instituted a Ride Share Program for state employees, energy efficient Lighting Grants program for schools, and Industries of the Future-West Virginia to assist energy intensive industries in identifying and adopting new technologies that improve their energy and environmental performance.