Clean Wind Energy - CAW Wind Turbine
The CAW has erected a wind turbine on the grounds of its Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. The wind turbine is an important milestone in our union's efforts to build a more sustainable future. A vision that was lead by environmentally-conscious union members and activists in 2003 has now come into focus.
The wind turbine will generate the equivalent of 50-60 per cent of the FEC's current energy needs - energy from a clean, renewable source. It's an example of how our union puts its political priorities into practice.
Wind power generation is part of an important mix of green energy technologies that will enable Ontario to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels (like coal), and other non-renewable energy sources. Wind power is growing exponentially in Ontario, and that's a good thing. It's a positive step toward preserving a pristine environment and tackling air pollution that we owe the next generation.
The CAW's commitment to advocate for alternative energy development is a key pillar in our national environmental strategy.
Follow the links below for more information about the CAW wind turbine project.
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Frequently Asked Questions
CAW Welcomes Wind Turbine as Step Towards Environmental Sustainability (Novembr 18, media advisory)
CAW Statement of Principles: Environment
CAW Statement on Transportation & Environment
Climate Change & Our Jobs: Finding the Right Balance (policy paper, 2007)
CAW President Ken Lewenza letter to MP Ben Lobb (Huron-Bruce) - December 6, 2011
Letter of Congratulations - Canadan Wind Energy Association
Letter of Congratulations - Charles Edey, Leader Resources (March 26, 2013)
Wind Study Money Better Spent on Moving Away from Dirty Energy, by Farrah Khan (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) (Hamilton Spectator - August, 2012)
Canadian Youth Climate Coalition supports CAW wind turbine (March, 2012)
Environmental Noise Impact Report for CAW Wind Turbine (November, 2008 & November, 2011)
Poll: Ontarians say wind power one of the safest forms of electricity generation (March 2012)
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) supports CAW wind turbine (December, 2011)
The REAL truth about wind energy - Sierra Club Canada report (June, 2011)
Ontario Chief Medical Officer report on wind turbines and health impacts (May, 2010)
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