Biodiversity conservation versus wind power development in Oklahoma: assessing citizen-scientist opinion where green interests collide

Authors: Claire Burch*, University of Oklahoma, Rebecca Loraamm, University of Oklahoma
Topics: Environmental Perception, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: perception, wind energy, biodiversity conservation, oklahoma
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Wind energy development represents one method of implementing sustainable technology to help reduce impacts on the environment. It assists in decreasing reliance on fossil fuels and can assist in increasing energy security. Wind energy development, however, is not as environmentally benign as developers initially thought, as it can conflict with other green interests such as wildlife conservation. My research is examining the perception of environmentally conscious individuals on the intersection of wind energy development and biodiversity conservation interests. Environmentally conscious individuals represent a unique study group, as they may be aware of both biodiversity conservation and wind energy development as two separate goals in sustainability but may not be well-informed on how they conflict or interact with one another. I will survey this group, both in-person at environmentally-related events throughout Oklahoma and through e-mail to environment organizations within Oklahoma through the spring of 2019. The results presented here are preliminary, as I intend to collect data though the end of 2019. Feedback from the conference will help improve the work for the second half of the data collection process.

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