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September 18, 2012, Webinar: Wind Energy in Urban Environments

This webinar was held September 18, 2012, and provided information on wind energy installations in Boston Harbor in Hull, Massachusetts, and near downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Download the presentations below, watch the webinar (YouTube), or read the text version. Find more CommRE webinars.

Lessons Learned: Milwaukee's Wind Turbine Project

This presentation provided information on the A-to-Z basics for constructing a wind turbine in an urban environment as well as the lessons learned. The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, found that information and transparency were two key items that helped win over local officials and the public when planning their 100-kilowatt urban wind project. Learn more about the project from the City of Milwaukee and Northern Power.

Presenter Matt Howard, who Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett appointed in June 2010 to serve as environmental sustainability director for the city, leads the city's efforts to meet the sustainability priorities of city government, area businesses, and residents. Prior to joining the city, Mr. Howard spent 11 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., working on a variety of national economic issues, including his creation of the Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in international economics and is a LEED®-accredited professional.

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Hull Wind: A Community Gets Green

In 1997, members of the community of Hull, Massachusetts, founded Citizen Advocates for Renewable Energy to develop a wind project to offset the community's electricity use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The first wind turbine was completed in late 2001 and the second one was completed in 2006. This presentation discussed the two projects and the challenges and successes that the community experienced in developing them. View photos of the projects.

Presenter Andrew Stern, president of New England Windpower, LLC, and executive director of Action for Clean Energy, a nonprofit focused on the education and outreach of community clean energy development, has more than 20 years of experience in clean energy technology development and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was a founder of Citizen Advocates for Renewable Energy in 1997, which led to the development and construction of the Hull I and Hull II wind turbine projects. Mr. Stern is also a Fourth Year Teaching Fellow in the Environmental Management Program at Harvard University.

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