What We Do

AWWI is documenting the impacts of wind energy on wildlife and is creating the cutting edge solutions to minimize those impacts so that wind energy is developed with the very best practices for project siting and operation in and near important wildlife habitat.

Credit: Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., NREL PIX 15225
Credit: Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., NREL PIX 15247
Credit: Hunt, Turner, Vision Energy, NREL PIX 16108
Credit: AWWI

 The Challenge

“Climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century.” Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis. 2013. National Wildife Federation. Link.
Changes in climate pose significant risks to human health and the environment, including wildlife and wildlife habitat. Wind power has become a major tool in the effort to reduce the effects of climate change. While all forms of energy production have negative impacts on wildlife, responsibly sited and operated wind energy projects minimize impacts while substantially benefiting wildlife by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the hazardous effects of climate change.

Wind power in the U.S. now represents more than 60 gigawatts of domestic renewable energy capacity, enough to power the households in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio combined, while using no water and vastly reducing carbon and other pollutant emissions. Source

The Solution

Founded in 2008, AWWI is a groundbreaking partnership among leaders in the wind industry, science and environmental organizations, and wildlife management agencies whose mission is to address wind energy & wildlife challenges.

AWWI leverages this unique collaboration by delivering solutions in three main areas: technological innovation, science for policy & practice, and information exchange, to develop both the credible science and the practice that is needed to understand, avoid, and where necessary, reduce wildlife impacts related to siting and operating wind farms.

Our Approach

AWWI drives the implementation of innovative strategies in the conservation and research communities and the wind development field.

Through research and tool development, AWWI provides the science that wind-wildlife stakeholders need to make decisions in the face of uncertainty.

AWWI provides a forum to share wind-wildlife solutions and ensure that information empowers action that leads to sustainable results.

Get Involved

AWWI’s success is based on wide collaboration with all who hold a stake in the success of wind energy and the protection of wildlife and habitat. By working together, we can move toward a common goal. Here is how you can help:

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Engage With Us

Offer your input and ideas to build the AWWI collaboration or support AWWI as a partner organization. To learn more about opportunities to engage with AWWI, contact us.

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Support our Work

Wind Energy and Wildlife. We need both for a healthy, sustainable planet. Your donation will support AWWI’s work which generates technological innovation, policy-relevant science, and outreach and education.

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