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Wind Energy & Public Health: Forum brings together prominent experts for a fact-based discussion on the topic

BUFFALO, NY – As wind energy development accelerates in western New York, the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, New Yorkers for Clean Power, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and the Union of Concerned Scientists have come together to co-host a public forum on the relationship between wind energy and public health. The event will take place from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday November 21, 2019 at the Center for Tomorrow at the University at Buffalo and features a panel of experts from various disciplines for an open, transparent, and fact-based dialogue on the topic.

The panel of experts speaking as part of the event will include:

  • Jonathan Buonocore, program leader for the Harvard School of Public Health’s climate, energy, and health team whose research focuses on the health co-benefits of renewable energy development.
  • Michael Hankard, President and Principal or Hankard Environmental Acoustical Consultants who specializes in measuring, analyzing, and reporting on environmental noise levels relating to wind turbines and other sources.
  • Robert J. McCunney, a practicing physician in the Pulmonary Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston whose clinical research focuses on illnesses associated with occupational and environmental hazards.
  • Jason Kehl is a fourth-generation dairy farmer who, along with his wife Missy and three daughters, milk 120 Holstein cows at Kehl Farms in Strykersville, New York. Kehl Farms grows all their own forages on 450 acres of property that hosts not only the Kehl’s home, but also four wind turbines from the High Sheldon Wind Farm. Jason will offer a first-hand local perspective on what it is like to live and work near wind turbines.
  • Professor Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney School of Public Health, one of the world’s leading experts on the issue of human health and wind farms and the author of Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Communicated Disease.

The forum will be moderated by Rita Graham, an independent meeting facilitator with 35 years of experience in environmental and agriculture-related issues.

The event is open to the general public and audience members will be encouraged to submit questions to the panelists. To learn more or reserve a free ticket online, visit .

Event Details:


  • What: Western New York Wind & Health Forum
  • When: November 21, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Where: Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, University at Buffalo (UB)