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!
RenaissanceRe 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 we have unique expertise to offer. If we 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.
RenaissanceRe created the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation 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. We believe in nurturing partnerships with others who share our goals, and support environmental organizations with expertise and funding.
We are proud to be the National Wildlife Federation‘s first corporate partner and also are a supporter of the Florida Wildlife Federation. We actively foster ongoing disaster safety education through our 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.
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.
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