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June 18, 2013

VIDEO: Building Advocates for Clean Energy on Global Wind Day

Building Competition for Global Wind Day from Kristen E on Vimeo.

On June 15, the Sierra Club celebrated Global Wind Day, a worldwide event that is dedicated to showing the public the power and possibility of wind.

As part of the celebration, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), held a “Construct a Turbine” competition on June 14 in which people from the Washington, D.C. area built their own wind turbine models while helping to promote clean, renewable energy. Participants included representatives from James Madison University, the League of Conservation Voters, Environment America, American Wind Energy Association and the Sustainable Business Council.

For many attendees, the competition was a chance to continue to support renewable energy while gaining knowledge of how wind power works. Ashley Friedman, a member of the team from LCV, attended the event because she supports the cause. She’s already participated in a lobby day in support of the investment tax credit for wind energy and said she hopes that participants will advocate for increased use of wind energy in the future.

AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan stated that AWEA put on the event in order to raise awareness of the power, simplicity and cleanliness of wind energy. Kiernan sees wind energy as a critical part of the solution to global climate disruption - and he thinks wind can provide at least 20 percent of the electricity generated in the United States sooner rather than later.

It's a prediction that doesn’t seem unreachable. Wind power is currently one of the fastest growing sources of American manufacturing jobs, and 45,000 wind turbines are already installed across the United States.

For more information, check out the video above.

--Sierra Club Interns Lauren Lantry and Kristen Elmore

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