Wind Power Education
In 2011, CCFE continued the New York Wind Education Collaborative (NYWEC) project with Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACENY). With the goal of increasing the public's access to accurate information about wind power, the collaboration crafted a series of educational fact sheets, including "Offshore Wind", "Wind & Wildlife", "Wind and Agriculture", "The Environmental and Public Health Impacts of our Energy Choices," "Wind Integration", and "Frequently Asked Questions." Additionally, NYWEC crafted an interactive PowerPoint presentation. CCFE and our partners at NYWEC presented the PowerPoint presentation and distributed fact sheets at more than twenty educational forums that were held in communities across New York State. NYWEC also conducted several interactive online webinars, in order to reach a broader audience that could not attend the in-person presentations. All materials, including video presentations, are available to the public on the project website: www.pace.edu/school-of-law/nywec. CCFE continues accept invitations to speak to the environmental benefits of wind power.
CCFE's Policy Director, Sarah Eckel, co-chairs a national working group on oil, gas, and mining, which works on issues of hydro-fracking in the Northeast by using lessons learned in the other states.
In 2011, CCFE published a landmark mapping report on hydro-fracking leases in New York State. CCFE's report was intended to help a conversation on the need for large cumulative impact assessment.
Throughout 2011, CCFE staff were invited to give presentations around the state on hydro-fracking and to explain the public comment process that was begun by the DEC. From Buffalo to Long Island, CCFE staff have given numerous presentations on the topic and remain committed to helping the public grapple with this intensive and technical process.
CCFE staff also worked on analyzing the impacts to sewage treatment facilities that may take fracking wastewater.