National Conservation Achievement Award Honorees

These individuals and organizations are rich in inspiration and leadership.  We’re proud to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the conservation movement in America!

    The following were honored during our
    “Connie” awards and gala, April 30, 2014:

    Bill ClintonPresident Bill Clinton:
    J.N. “Ding” Darling Conservation Award

    William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice – first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.

    While in office President Clinton established or expanded 21 National Monuments, protecting more land in the continental U.S. than any president since Theodore Roosevelt. His “Roadless Initiative” changed the paradigm of how our National Forests are managed, and he stood steadfast against those who sought to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The EPA took major actions to reduce pollution, strengthen the Safe Drinking Water Act, and vigorously prosecute environmental crimes.

    After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment. In addition to his Foundation work, President Clinton has served as the top United Nations envoy for the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort and as the UN Special Envoy to Haiti. Today, the Clinton Foundation is supporting economic growth, capacity building, and education in Haiti. The Clinton Global Initiative has continued important steps to combat climate change, advancing support for emission reductions and building corporate and international support.

    For these and many other outstanding accomplishments, President Bill Clinton will receive National Wildlife Federation’s lifetime achievement award – the J.N. “Ding” Darling Conservation Award.

    President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

    RenaissanceReRenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.:
    Award for Corporate Leadership

    RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. is a leading, global provider of property catastrophe and specialty reinsurance and insurance, founded in Bermuda in 1993.

    RenaissanceRe believes the insurance industry can be a positive force for change in areas where they have unique expertise to offer. If they can help educate homeowners and support smarter building policies to create more resilient communities, then the devastating impact of natural catastrophes can be reduced. This leads to less injury and loss of life, decreased damage to properties, lessened pollution and impact to natural habitats, and fewer cycles of reconstruction and repair after disasters.

    The RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation was created to support advanced scientific research in natural catastrophes, the development of risk mitigation and adaptive techniques to safeguard communities, efforts that reduce the economic turmoil following disasters, and organizations that preserve coastal and other risk-exposed habitats. The Foundation believes in nurturing partnerships with others who share their goals, and supports environmental organizations, like National Wildlife Federation, with expertise and funding.

    RenaissanceRe is proud to be the National Wildlife Federation‘s first corporate partner and also are a supporter of NWF’s affiliate,  Florida Wildlife Federation. They actively foster ongoing disaster safety education through their award-winning attraction ‘StormStruck’ at Walt Disney World and series of Risk Mitigation Leadership Forums that have been recognized by the National Hurricane Conference for their Outstanding Public Awareness Award.

    Rue MappRue Mapp:
    Award for Communications

    As a girl, Rue Mapp loved hunting, fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and more. Understanding the profound benefits to experiencing the outdoors, she wanted more people to participate in outdoor activities and reconnect to the rich history of African American participation in nature. Therefore, Mapp has worked for over two decades with digital media to reinvent black connections to nature, and in 2009, Outdoor Afro was born. As the founder and CEO of the social media and urban leadership network, Rue Mapp has motivated African Americans across the nation to spend more time in nature, changing the profile of African Americans to outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists.  

    Rue Mapp supplements this effort in a variety of ways including service on National Wildlife Federation’s California Advisory Council. She was also appointed program officer at the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment where she served for two years managing its grant making program.

    Recognition for Rue Mapp’s innovative and effective ideas has been honored by the Obama administration. She was invited to the White House to participate in the kick-off of America’s Great Outdoors initiative and the launch of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. Backpacker Magazine named her a Hero, she was placed on the Root 100 of the top African American achievers and influencers for 2012, and named a NewsOne for black  America “Game Changer” this year. She has also received California’s Josephine and Frank Dunaneck award for her humanitarian efforts. Rue lives in Oakland, California.

    David SuzukiDavid Suzuki:
    Award for Science

    Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2012 Inamori Ethics Prize, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and UNEP’s Global 500.

    Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 28 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the multi-award winning long-running CBC science and natural history television series The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies.

    In 1990 he co-founded with Dr. Tara Cullis, The David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.” His written work includes more than 54 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife and family in Vancouver, B.C. His lifelong work echoes the mission of National Wildlife Federation; highlighting the interconnectivity between humans and nature, Dr. Suzuki and NWF are working to inspire a new generation of conservation leaders.

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