Tiny Houses Tackle Big Problems

Three years ago, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative won a $30 million federal grant to support innovation and personalized learning in classrooms throughout eastern Kentucky.  “One of the groups that may not have benefited right away was the vocational school students,” KVEC Associate Director Dessie Bowling explained. To remedy that, in 2016 the cooperative funded […]

Changing Course: KVEC Schools Aim To Remake East Kentucky

Many people would be surprised to hear that Bill and Melinda Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg visited eastern Kentucky schools in 2017, but they came to learn about the innovative and wholistic educational approaches implemented at 22 school districts that are members of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative.  KVEC schools emphasize personalized learning, team projects, […]

Appalachian Harvest Launches Herb Hub

Farming opportunities are plentiful in the Appalachian mountains if you look to the herbs and edible plants found in our abundant forests. Appalachian Harvest, a rural food hub run by Appalachian Sustainable Development, recently launched an Herb Hub in Duffield, VA, designed to help forest farmers earn more money on their herbs, which could foster […]

BRIGHT Opportunities for Whitesburg

Could Whitesburg, long an east Kentucky coal town, become a “Green Healthy Town?” Five University of Virginia students in the Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning Program presented their assessment of existing conditions within a roughly one-mile corridor of downtown at a recent Whitesburg community meeting. The students’ report includes an inventory of assets and […]