DEP to Host Open House and Building Celebration Sept. 9


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will host an Open House at its Charleston headquarters on Sept. 9. DEP is celebrating 10 years in the building and invites the public to tour the facility and learn about its sustainable features. Tours will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The tours will feature stops at sustainable features, such as the rain garden and the solar panels. Visitors can also stop by information stations to learn about some of the agency’s efforts and programs. Free refreshments will be offered.

When the building was constructed, it received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Award and the Energy Star Award. Many items in the building are “green labeled.” Much of the furniture is made from recycled material. Carpet, furniture and paint used in the building contain either low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The building also has a recycling program, and each office is equipped with a “Paper Only” wastebasket. Many of these sustainable features will be presented at the Open House.

The event is open to individuals and groups in the community. Join the celebration on Sept. 9 at 601 57th St., S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.

Groups larger than 10 should pre-register by emailing or calling 304-926-0499, ext. 1669, by the end of the day on Sept. 8. Please note that the tours involve quite a bit of walking and multiple steps to navigate. Comfortable shoes are a must!


Kelley Gillenwater