American Wind and Wildlife Institute Names Kraig Butrum as President

The American Wind and Wildlife Institute (AWWI), a national organization committed to facilitating timely and responsible development of wind energy and the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, announces the selection of Kraig Butrum to serve as its first President.

“We are thrilled that Kraig has accepted our offer,” said Jan Blittersdorf, CEO of NRG Systems and AWWI vice chair. “His passion for the environment and commitment to transitioning this country to renewable wind energy, combined with his skills in engaging new constituents to our cause will be a tremendous asset as we build AWWI’s programs and membership.”

Alan Pollom, The Nature Conservancy’s Kansas State Director and AWWI treasurer notes, “Starting any new organization requires specific skills and insights. Kraig, an expert fundraiser and an accomplished manager, is a perfect fit for the job.”

Butrum brings 25 years of experience in non-profit administration to AWWI. As a first priority, he will hire a research director to prioritize and fund research so that developers can make informed siting decisions in relation to wildlife and conservation issues. Early in his tenure he will oversee the implementation and expansion of AWWI’s research, mapping, mitigation and outreach and education initiatives.

“The time is now for America to address global climate change, diversify its energy base and lessen its dependency on foreign sources of oil,” said Butrum. “I look forward to hitting the ground running in order to provide the research and information needed to meet our nation’s goal to triple development of wind energy in the next few years while protecting biodiversity and critical habitat.”

AWWI represents a unique opportunity to proactively and collaboratively plan for meeting the future energy needs of the country in a responsible and sustainable manner. “The AWWI set ambitious goals to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding wind industry,” said Butrum.

Butrum also plans to expand AWWI’s resources utilizing his extensive past experience managing non-profit organizations and campaigns. Working for the National Park Foundation and Conservation International, Butrum partnered with many of the nation’s top philanthropists including CNN founder Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, Gordon Moore, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and David Rockefeller Jr. Butrum will start his position with AWWI on March 9.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 24th June 2009


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