Wind energy will be the topic of discussion at Yakima Valley Community College on Monday.
The talk is titled, “Wind Energy and Central Washington’s Shrub-steppe: How do we achieve the state’s green energy goals while protecting our natural heritage for future generations?” The free presentation will be given by Julie Conley at 7 p.m. in Room 119 of Glenn Anthon Hall.
Conley, who has worked for conservation districts in Eastern Oregon and locally for The Nature Conservatory, will discuss ongoing efforts to guide future wind power development to areas posing the least risk to biodiversity.
Washington is now ranked fifth in the nation for installed capacity of wind power, which is key to Washington’s renewable energy portfolio and infusing rural economies with income and jobs.
The event is being offered by the YVCC Biology Department, in collaboration with the Washington Native Plant Society.
Yakima Herald-Republic – http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/01/29/01-30-10-wind-talk