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Learning from Community Reactions to Wind Energy

At this week’s NERS Colloquium, Sarah Mills of the Ford School will discuss her recent research that examines the disparate community responses to wind energy projects. Lessons from her research findings can apply to nuclear energy as as another potential climate solution. Sarah will highlight the importance of procedural justice in the planning process and the dangers of project proponents over-promising and under-delivering. She’ll also discuss how she found that some communities are likely to still oppose wind energy even when developers do everything right in terms of process. And she’ll discuss how public policy – including tax policy and siting authority – can alter a community’s willingness to accept a wind project.

Dr. Mills is a Senior Project Manager at the Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and at the Graham Sustainability Institute. Her talk as part of this year’s Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) colloquium series will be held on Friday November 1, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, in White Auditorium in the Cooley Building.