Listening to the Voices of the Public
Addressing community impacts constitutes a major piece of the social feasibility and impact assessment for the AHB project. We have conducted over 30 focus groups throughout the Northwest with various community members, conservation groups, and industry representatives to facilitate the identification and elaboration of issues related to biofuels.
The focus groups brought up a wide array of issues including perceived economic benefits, environmental concerns, potential changes in the health and psychological well-being of the community, and community members’ fears and aspirations.
Our research team will use the data gathered from these focus groups to design surveys that will provide quantitative, generalizable data across our populations of interest. This will enable us to identify the most salient benefits and concerns and to suggest ways in which benefits can be harnessed and concerns minimized.