National Wildlife Federation Honors J. Wayne Leonard with Achievement Award
Entergy CEO Honored for His Commitment to Gulf Coast Restoration, Addressing Climate Change
It’s rare for the head of an energy company to be honored for his efforts to combat climate change. But for J. Wayne Leonard, blazing a new path is something of a trademark move.
As someone who believes climate change is the defining issue of his generation, Leonard considers it a moral obligation to future generations to take meaningful action to manage the risks of climate change.
“J. Wayne Leonard is a leader in every sense of the word,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We are proud to honor him for his insight, integrity and tireless efforts to make our planet a habitable place for all species.”
Leonard was honored at a special National Wildlife Federation reception in New Orleans, LA on November 4, 2011.
As CEO of Entergy Corp., a large U.S. energy company based out of New Orleans, Leonard has consistently sought out sensible solutions to climate change and fought for the conservation of natural resources and restoration of habitat.
“A sincere thank you to the National Wildlife Federation for this recognition of the relatively small but deeply sincere effort we at Entergy make to sustain and improve the world we share with all living things,” said Leonard. “It’s especially meaningful coming from an organization whose passion and work we so deeply admire.”
With Leonard’s passion, leadership and strong points of view, Entergy has accomplished the following during his 10 years as CEO:
- Entergy became the first US electric power company to establish a voluntary stabilization target for carbon pollution emissions and established a $30 million Environmental Initiatives Fund to support internal and external carbon pollution reduction projects. From 2001–2010, Entergy was 14% below its stabilization goals, achieving emission reductions which were 69 million tons below the goals.
- Restored 5,700 acres of marginal cropland in the Lower Mississippi River Valley by planting native bottomland hardwoods, donating the high priority land to US FWS to expand National Wildlife Refuges, enhancing habitat for the Louisiana black bear and neo-tropical birds and removing over a million tons of carbon pollution from the atmosphere as the trees mature.
- Re-forested 3,200 acres of Company-owned land with native bottomland hardwoods enhancing habitat and sequestering more than 1.25 million metric tons of carbon pollution.
- Published a $4 million “Building a Resilient Gulf Coast” study, which provides the first comprehensive analysis of climate risks and adaptation economics along the US Gulf Coast.
- Entergy launched its “Make an Impact” program in July 2009 enabling others to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and save money. The website offers customized tools for Entergy employees, customers and communities to better manage their individual impact on the environment, to reduce their energy usage and to become part of the solution to global climate change.