(January 18, 2018) AWWI is excited to welcome Jim Murphy as Chair and Jenny McIvor as Vice Chair for our 2018 Board of Directors.
Jim Murphy is Senior Counsel to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), a leading wildlife advocacy and conservation organization, and was elected to the AWWI Board in July 2016. Jim served as Vice Chair in 2017 and has been proactive in taking a leadership role in AWWI’s Board. Jim also works closely on NWF’s renewable energy initiatives.
“We face a challenging and exciting time,” said Jim when asked about his interest in serving on the AWWI Board. “Climate change presents an unprecedented threat to wildlife and people; it needs to be urgently addressed. Fortunately, wind energy and other renewables provide an opportunity to transform our energy sector into the clean, safe, and reliable system that will allow wildlife and our children to thrive. But this transformation must be done right, with wildlife protected every step of the way. I believe that the work being done by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute is critical to advancing solutions to the risks to wildlife from wind, and realizing an energy future where wildlife prospers and catastrophic climate change is averted.”
Jenny McIvor is Vice President of Environmental Programs, Compliance and Permitting with MidAmerican Energy Company. Elected to the Board in 2017, Jenny has been active in supporting collaborative activities, and facilitated hosting an AWWI Board Meeting and field trip to the Adams Wind Farm in Adams County, IA, last July.
“I am excited to continue the collaborative work between industry and conservation organizations for which AWWI is known,” said Jenny. “My goal for 2018 is to engage AWWI membership on data-informed decision making as a way to tell industry’s wildlife conservation story.”
Garry George, National Audubon Society, was re-elected as Secretary, and Justin Wheating, NRG Systems, will continue as Treasurer.
“AWWI is only possible through the dedication of our partners and Board of Directors to collaborate on tough issues,” said Abby Arnold, AWWI Executive Director. “With the guidance of our Board, AWWI is now, in our 10th year, understanding the challenge and developing solutions for wind and wildlife.”
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