Hello Friends of Blackwater community! I am Sean Coffers, and I am so excited to be joining Friends of Blackwater. I’m a West Virginia native, originally from the Morgantown area. I’ve just returned to my home state after 8 years in New Jersey and New York. I have a mixed background in teaching and working in the construction and real estate industry.
Growing up, I spent considerable time running, hiking, and getting lost in West Virginia’s numerous state parks and wilderness. This formative experience gave me a great love of the natural environment and appreciation of how lucky we are in this state to have access to so much nature in our backyard. This led me to spend my college experience studying sustainable design and ways we can protect our environment while continuing to improve human health and well-being. I worked in a lab group focused on developing new approaches to the built environment, ranging from passive structures to sustainable concrete to integrated battery systems for solar and wind energy.
After college, I move to New York City where I worked for several construction and real estate companies with a personal focus on sustainability. I worked on multiple LEED rated building construction and renovation projects as well as numerous other projects improving building performance and reducing their carbon footprint. I also spent two years teaching in a New York City charter school with a focus on teaching the next generation how to think critically so that they will have the skills to handle the environmental challenges of the 21st century. This experience exposed me to people and families from many different backgrounds and was amazingly eye opening.
While this time in New York was fulfilling and rewarding, I always had a desire to come back to the Mountain State and have always considered it my home. When I found myself at a personal crossroads and the possibility of joining Friends of Blackwater popped up, I jumped at the chance. I’m excited to dive into this work and community and become part of it. I look forward to the road that lies ahead.