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