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Onlookers At The Charging Station
Donna Linville

Encouraging electric vehicles

Mendocino Land Trust understands that much of its conservation work—and future conservation success—depends on the U.S. reducing its use of fossil fuels. They are doing their part by increasing the number of charging stations in their region, particularly around parks and community lands…

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Americans want more clean energy. Here’s what they’re actually willing to do to get it

Many Americans agree. Polling now suggests the American public wants more renewable energy, soon; there are likely people waiting for your land trust to help make that possible as part of its land conservation efforts. It's one of the ways that land trusts like yours can increase their relevance.

Americans have long supported the idea of clean power. The question has always been how much effort they’re willing to expend to make a green energy future a reality.

A new survey from global auditing and consulting firm Deloitte suggests the gap between environmental concern and consumer action may be shrinking. The pillars helping to bridge the divide include falling prices for solar power, higher awareness of clean energy options, growing concern about climate change and the inclinations of millennials.

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Purple Flowers And Solar Panels
Rob Davis, Center for Pollinators in Energy

A regional land trust works to combat climate change with guidelines for building clean energy

Is your land trust, or community, working to re-think how it might start to proactively site, and promote, clean energy?

Scenic Hudson has developed siting and design principles for renewable energy development to help stakeholders find common ground in a regional model for increased renewable energy development that also protects natural and economic resources:

  • Prioritize development on previously disturbed areas
  • Protect agricultural lands and promote co-location
  • Protect natural beauty protect ecological resources
  • Protect historic and cultural resources
  • Maintain the purpose of conserved lands
  • Avoid and minimize new transmission and distribution lines
  • Use construction and operation best practices
  • Promote sustainable renewable energy development through planning and zoning

Perhaps your land trust or community would find these guidelines helpful.

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Farm Landscape

Michigan farmers, residents, praise wind power

Farmers are committing suicide in record numbers—in the US and around the world. Crop and water disasters are a major part of this, resulting in loss of income, massive debt, and unending despair. For some, “farming energy” with solar and wind, along with more traditional agricultural products, may avoid the unhappy reality of selling for development.

“For those committed to farmland conservation programs, Mills said, wind farms and wind turbines help keep farmers living on their farm lands, help attract and retain younger people, and help provide diversified funding streams…”

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TNC

Leading by example: Tackling the climate challenge in the Granite State

How you frame the importance of renewables is critical. You don't have a lot of time to capture someone's attention. Some studies say 30 seconds or less.That means helping people connect the dots as to why renewables are so important to our conservation success is going to be needed, and needed often...

Rather than talk about fighting solar and wind, consider linking them to the positive impact needed and how climate change, left unchecked, will destroy much of what we are working to conserve. Talk about balance and the need to think about conservation and renewables with new eyes. Here’s a good example…

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Solar Panels

Talking about solar as part of the solution

Otsego Land Trust features solar on their website.

“As a conservation organization, Otsego Land Trust understands that climate change is an enormous conservation challenge. Our work protecting forest and farmlands, wetlands, open space, and wildlife habitat makes a positive contribution to mitigating the negative damage of climate change…”

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Prius At The Charging Station

Land Trusts installing EV Charging Stations

Mendocino Land Trust has been partnering with California State Parks and the Mendocino Council of Governments to bring electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the public at local trail and park destinations.

California State Parks is responding to the increasing challenges of climate change with the installation of EV charging stations as part of their “Cool Parks” initiative.

“Our donors and supporters are saying what a great opportunity this grant represents for the local community and visitors to the Mendocino Coast…”

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