CENTERS for

Environmental Stewardship

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, the Commonwealth of Virginia is rich in natural resources vital to making our state a great place to live, work, and play. The responsible stewardship of those resources -- and maintaining a healthy environment for our citizens - is a primary concern for the Thomas Jefferson Institute. The mission of the Center for Environmental Stewardship is to explore the nature of environmentalism in the context of meeting all human needs.

January 2015

Virginia Economic Forecast 2015:  Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development
Virginia Economic Forecast 2015: Virginia's Role in North American Energy Development — Sponsored by Cassaday and Company, this 15th Annual Economic Forecast offers not only a picture of what Virginia's economy will look like in 2015, but also describes the important role in North American energy development.  The Commonwealth has finally surpassed its pre-recession peak level of employment, but did so months after the nation.  Key sectors, relatively more dependent on Department of Defense spending, are likely being impacted by federal spending cuts.  Meanwhile, Virginia is in position to serve as a vital connection between domestic energy production and exports to European/Asian markets through its port -- one of only two East Coast ports currently equipped for larger ships.  With its close proximity to shale gas reserves and recent approval by the federal government to allow for energy exploration off the Atlantic coast, Virginia is poised to become "the energy capital of the East Coast" in the long term.  Read It Here!

December 2014

New Technologies for Coping With Climate Change
New Technologies for Coping With Climate Change — A new study shows how technology can help America's energy industry meet new environmental reuirements, save millions of dollars and help clean our environment.  Authored by businessman and environmentalist Robert Hartwell, it details several new technologies, many of which are already working on a smaller scale.  Read It Here!

September 2014

Jefferson Journal:  Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense
Jefferson Journal: Ocean Drilling Makes Good Sense — The economic benefits from drilling off Virginia's coast for natural gas and oil far exceed the cost of possible environmental impacts.  That's the conclusion of a new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and this commentary by Institute President Mike Thompson.  Read It Here!

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