WSCC holds wind farm impact meeting

SCOTTVILLE - The local environmental education group A Few Friends for the Environment of the World, the West Shore Community College Green Team and the Michigan non-profit Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association have brought together a panel of experts to share current scientific research and observational findings on how commercial wind farms impact human and wildlife populations as well as properties where they operate.

The forum will run on March 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in West Shore Community College’s Center Stage Theatre in the Arts and Sciences Center.

AFFEW, the Green Team and GLREA have recruited scientific research and engineering experts as well as a resident living in the Stoney Corners wind farm in McBain, as panelists to speak about current research findings and address general topic and audience questions during the forum.

Participating in the forum are Dr. Robert McCunney, MD, Research Scientist at the MIT Department of Biological Engineering and on staff at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Erik Nordman, Principal Investigator, GVSU Natural Resources Management Program, Dr. Jerry Punch, MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Mr. Ben Hoen, economist on staff with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and Mr. Joe Behrn, area resident in McBain, MI.

The forum will begin with a presentation by the researchers on their most recent scientific findings. It will be followed by a question and answer session to be moderated by WSCC chemistry professor Dr. Sonja Siewert with members of AFFEW and GLREA assisting in gathering audience questions.

Speaker backgrounds and recent scientific reports on commercial wind turbine research can be accessed at the AFFEW website, http://www.affew.org.

For more information about the forum, call Jill Budzynski, AFFEW, 231-462-9436 or email jmb@marketready.com