AMC works to advance policy initiatives and clean energy solutions that protect natural resources in the Northeast.
No energy source is without impacts. AMC strongly supports the development of renewable energy facilities in our region, but they do not belong everywhere. It is important that the deployment of these technologies be done in a way that avoids serious negative impacts to significant ecological, scenic, and recreational values of undeveloped natural landscapes.
Renewable Energy Siting
For many years AMC has worked to promote state policies that guide wind power to suitable locations and minimize adverse impacts. More recently we have engaged in similar efforts for solar energy development. AMC researchers have conducted landscape-level assessments to evaluate conflicts between wind power development and important natural resource values.
AMC will continue to work with national and regional partners to study and contribute to policy focused on the optimal siting of renewable energy and programs such as the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) that focuses on the largest greenhouse gas emitting sector in the Northeast: transportation.
Transportation and Climate Initiative
Transportation emissions are now our region’s largest cumulative source of greenhouse gas emissions. To address this issue, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors are currently considering joining a new program, called the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), which would reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector through a cap and invest model. These emissions also remain a significant source of smog and soot. Depending on where you live your transportation challenges may be different, but we all have stories of deficiencies, health concerns, and economic disparities. As we enter this new decade, we have an opportunity to modernize and clean up transportation options and address regional transportation needs.
The proposed program would generate revenues by requiring fuel suppliers to buy allowances and each state can reinvest those funds in things like low carbon transportation projects and alternative transportation solutions, like bike, pedestrian, or other options. For more information on AMC’s involvement in the Transportation and Climate Initiative, check out this webinar.
Hard science, focused advocacy, and a whole lot of hands-on work have defined AMC’s conservation mission from the beginning. But it’s your support that carries the day in community meeting houses, in Congress, and in untrammeled wilderness alike. Learn more about our conservation initiatives and how you can contribute through our Conservation Action Network.Take action