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Defending Habitat

Smart from the Start Renewable Energy

Smart from the Start Renewable Energy

Generating clean, renewable electricity from sun, wind and geothermal sources is one of the best ways to limit global climate change—the greatest threat facing wildlife today. We are helping guide our nation’s transition to clean energy in a way that protects wildlife and habitats by ensuring renewable energy projects are built “smart from the start.” Recognizing that it takes more than megawatts to be good stewards of our planet, our experts work with federal, state and local agencies as well as other non-governmental organizations and project developers to shape policies and develop strategies for renewable energy development that avoids and minimizes impacts to wildlife. These policies focus on directing and incentivizing renewable energy development away from high value wildlife habitat and instead directs it to low-conflict areas near existing transmission lines and roads, while ensuring any unavoidable impacts to wildlife are fully mitigated through habitat conservation elsewhere. Our work demonstrates that America can achieve a clean energy future while protecting our rich wildlife legacy.