Campaigns to Advance Renewable Energy

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Our work at The Wilderness Society is aimed at conserving America’s wildest places while also helping to shape policies and practices that can help limit the negative impacts of energy and transmission development.

Renewable energy projects could set good examples for protecting sensitive wildlands. This same clean energy will also lessen our dependence on fossil fuels of the past that dirty our air and water and aid global warming.

For renewable energy to succeed, we need a strong federal system of plans, legislation and guidance to manage these efforts. A number of Wilderness Society campaigns are aimed at shaping those efforts.

Our priority work includes:

The Desert Renewable energy Conservation Plan

We're working to advance the BLM's Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which will determine places in the California Desert to protect and where to build clean, renewable energy.

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) will determine places in the California Desert to protect and where to build clean, renewable energy. - See more at: http://wilderness.org/article/desert-renewable-energy-conservation-plan#...

The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act

We're working to promote the Public Lands Renewable Energy Act, which could fund conservation to offset renewable energy development.

Mitigating against impacts

All renewable energy development leaves a footprint. We work to reduce these impacts by ensuring that renewable energy development on public lands occurs in the right places and in the right ways.

Finding Smart Places

We work with government agencies, land managers, the clean energy industry, recreationists and other conservationists will help in the development of forward thinking policies and development practices.