Sara Pennington, Randy Wilson, A Cooperative Approach to Renewing East Kentucky, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 4, July 2010, Pages 62-70 ( Abstract: Central Appalachia has much to recommend it. It contains one of the most biologically diverse forests in the world and breathtaking mountains that have inspired artists and writers for centuries. These same mountains have helped to shape the people who call this region home. Appalachian people are proud of their heritage, of the culture that has developed in these mountains, and of the beauty of the landscape that surrounds them. The people of Appalachia are also faced with more than their share of daunting problems—the byproducts of a century of over-dependence on a coal extraction economy, including persistent poverty, joblessness, poor health, extensive poor-quality and inefficient housing stock, a damaged natural environment with diminishing air and water quality, and a dangerous vulnerability to the quickly rising cost of coal-generated electricity. These problems are monumental, enduring, embedded—and solvable. The solution is a web of complementary solutions that … Topics: Economy; Energy; Governance