Promoting Offshore Wind at Earth Day Savannah

Guest Blog | May 1, 2012 | Energy Policy, Wind

Earth Day Savannah took place on April 21 in Forsyth Park and provided excellent learning opportunities and fun for all ages. The event, which was sponsored by the City of Savannah Water and Sewer Bureau, provided the community and visitors with several festivities to engage in; including RecycleRama, the Forsyth Farmer’s Market, and an Earth Day festival.  RecycleRama, gave community members an opportunity to properly dispose of potential water pollutants, such as medications, tires, paint, and cooking oil. The Forsyth Farmer’s Market provided fresh local goods and gave the community a chance to learn where their food comes from.  These events preceded the Earth Day festival which featured several exhibitors and a variety of workshops.

SACE was an exhibitor at the festival and our booth was quite popular.  Our volunteers worked hard to get petitions signed in support of offshore wind energy and I am proud to say that 159 petitions were signed!  These petitions will be shared with with elected officials at various levels of government in the hopes that they will pursue favorable policies to promote offshore wind energy development. If you are interested in signing a petition please click here.

I gave an outdoor workshop on offshore wind energy opportunities in Georgia which was well received.  While my presentation materials were quite literally “Gone with the Wind,” (it was really blustery) it was an excellent opportunity to drive home the fact that coastal Georgia has wind energy potential and we should be harnessing this resource to provide clean, renewable energy. Georgia has about 14.5 gigawatts of developable offshore wind energy potential, which is enough to provide a third of the state’s electricity. Read more about Georgia’s wind resources here.

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