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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 24
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, March 25   
9:00 am - 3:00 pm   Add to my calendar 


Harvard Law School
1563 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138-2996

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Application Information

This workshop is free for selected participants.
Participants must apply and if selected, pay their own travel and expenses. The enrollment goal of this pilot workshop is to have a mix of state, local, private sector, and NGO wind energy stakeholders. Seats will be allocated to 50 participants who represent diverse geographic, sector, and issue area interests.

Extended Application Deadline:
February 11, 2011

Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2011

Information Contact

Kate Harvey
Senior Associate

Consensus Building Institute


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FACILITATING Wind Energy Siting
Addressing Challenges Around Visual Impacts, Noise, Credible Data, and Local Benefits Through Creative Stakeholder Engagement
A FREE 3-day pilot workshop funded by the U.S. Department of Energy
through the "20% Wind Energy by 2030" initiative.

Across the United States, government decision-makers need to work effectively with stakeholders to resolve wind energy policies and siting frameworks.  Wind energy developers face a complex landscape of divergent regulations, interests, policies, and support when trying to site their wind projects. Meanwhile, communities often feel besieged by wind development proposals they don’t know how to evaluate and consider. Effective collaboration between all stakeholders requires a set of process skills, tools, and principles that address complex, technical, and often emotionally-charged wind development issues.

The Consensus Building Institute (CBI), the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and Raab Associates, Ltd. offer Facilitating Wind Energy Siting to state and local government officials, wind developers, and other stakeholders. This three-day workshop focuses on developing the capacity to collaborate effectively on wind development policy, facility siting, and related issues including aesthetics; noise; wildlife; economics; transmission, and more.  

A mix of presentations, panel discussions and interactive exercises introduces important risk assessment, planning, and decision-making tools and concepts and actively encourages participants to consider how to best utilize them.

Course Agenda
Wednesday, March 23
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
•    Effective stakeholder engagement and negotiation
•    The engagement problem: stakeholder and community

Thursday, March 24   
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Addressing challenges with:
•    Visual impacts  
•    Noise  
•    Credible facts 
•    Sharing benefits locally 

Friday, March 25   
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
•    Collaborative wind siting and policy making
•    Strategic clinic for participants’ cases

Workshop participants will learn about and practice applying collaborative tools including:
•    Conflict/situation assessments and process design
•    Joint fact finding
•    Visual simulation, overlay techniques, and polling
•    Citizen engagement techniques and tools — e.g., keypad polling, charettes
•    Facilitation/mediation

Who Should Attend
•    State and local officials/staff with direct responsibility for renewable energy siting
      and policy making

•    Wind energy developers
•    Other stakeholders engaged in wind siting and policy making
Course Instructors
Lawrence Susskind
Ford Professor, Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT; Director, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program; Founder, Consensus Building Institute
Dr. Jonathan Raab  
President, Raab Associates, Ltd.; Energy Policy Lecturer, MIT
Patrick Field
Managing Director, Consensus Building Institute; Associate Director, MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program