NWF to Honor President Clinton with Lifetime Achievement Conservation Award

President Clinton will receive the award and deliver remarks at the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Awards and Gala Event on April 30 in Washington, DC.

03-18-2014 // Christina Batcheler
Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton has been selected as the recipient of National Wildlife Federation's J.N. “Ding” Darling Conservation Award for lifetime achievement. President Clinton will receive the award and deliver remarks at NWF's Conservation Awards and Gala Event on April 30 in Washington, DC.

“The Clinton Administration was one of the greatest for the environment in the modern era,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “We’re honored to award President Clinton for his body of conservation achievements that he, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative have accomplished over many years. President Clinton’s huge wins include protecting many of America’s public lands and resources, reducing pollution, and combating climate change.”  

While in office, President Clinton established or expanded 21 National Monuments, and protected 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 Clinton Administration also set the toughest air quality standards ever, strengthened the Safe Drinking Water Act, and vigorously prosecuted environmental crimes. His achievements include establishing the National Landscape Conservation System, a comprehensive restoration plan for the Everglades and passage of legislation to strengthen the National Wildlife Refuge System.  

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.

Conservation Achievement Award

About the Conservation Achievement Awards

Since the first annual Conservation Achievement Awards—now known as the “Connie” Awards—began in 1966, National Wildlife Federation has celebrated individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting wildlife through education, advocacy, communication and on-the-ground conservation. Previous honorees have included Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jimmy Carter, Robert Redford, and Stuart Udall.

Other awardees to be honored at the 2014 Connie Awards are: 

  • Dr. David Suzuki for Science
  • Rue Mapp for Communications
  • Renaissance Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. for Corporate Leadership

Read more about the honorees >>

Learn more about the 2014 National Conservation Achievement Awards >>

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