Current Campaigns

Renewable energy is our path towards a clean energy future, and the public lands of the American West offer limitless sun and wind to help reach that goal.

But just like any form of energy development, renewable energy sites and transmission lines can damage wildlands and hurt the wildlife that live on them.

Our renewable energy campaigns are helping limit the negative impacts of energy and transmission development on wilderness.

Smart solar

The sunny lands of the southwest are the perfect place for capturing the energy of the sun. But solar energy development could hurt the beautiful cactus-studded deserts that southwest endangered wildlife depends on. Our work guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones on BLM lands. We are helping protect our natural heritage and build a clean energy future.

Saving energy saves lands

The cheapest, greenest power plant is the one you don’t have to build. By supporting innovative ways to reduce energy demand we are shrinking our energy footprint and the amount of development needed on public lands.

Paying back the land

Public lands are owned by all Americans, so how can we ensure a fair return for development on these lands?  We are working to ensure revenue collected from wind and solar projects pays back local communities and the wildlife that call our public lands home.

Transmitting energy

To get renewable energy to cities we’ll need new responsibly-sited transmission lines. The challenge is building only what is needed and siting transmission lines in low-conflict areas so that good projects are approved quickly.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.