We are a special-purpose public nonprofit created to assist governmental units with programs that directly benefit the public by protecting human health and the environment, conserving natural resources, and stimulating economic development.
WHAT WE DO
We collaborate with public, private, and non-profit entities to operate three main programs:
Voluntary Land Stewardship Program
Through the Voluntary Land Stewardship Program, WVLSC can take on both short- and long-term projects that require monitoring and maintaining sites that have been remediated pursuant to a state or federal environmental program. The WVLSC helps guarantee that the chosen remedies remain in place and effectively protect West Virginia’s people and its environment.
Having the ability to serve as a land bank allows WVLSC to take legal title to real estate and facilitate the clean-up of existing environmental hazards through environmental assessment, remediation, building demolition, or other efforts. After addressing all environmental issues, WVLSC works with state and local government, real estate developers, and/or businesses to sell remediated properties so they can again be put to good use.
Site Certification Program
The WVLSC is tasked with creating an inventory of commercial sites throughout West Virginia that are ready for redevelopment or construction within 12 months or less, and certifying them as “project-ready” for particular business and development uses. This effort will help mitigate potential concerns about environmental conditions on previously undesirable properties.
West Virginia’s hilly terrain limits the amount of usable land, and the State's rich industrial legacy of chemical, steel, and glass manufacturing and coal mining has left its mark on many prime pieces of real estate, creating additional barriers to development. In order to address these industrial legacies and promote investment and productive economic development, the West Virginia Legislature created the West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation in 2013 to help facilitate the remediation of properties with known environmental issues that might otherwise be overlooked by private developers and local economic development authorities. (Read the full enabling legislation here.)