Glen Hooks Leaving Sierra Membership for Audubon | Arkansas Enterprise Information

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One of Little Rock’s most prominent environmentalists changes organizations, but sticks to his overall mission.

Glen Hooks, a passionate advocate of clean air, pristine forests, and green energy at the Sierra Club of Arkansas for more than 18 years, joins the Audubon Delta this month.

Hooks, a former Arkansas Democratic Party executive, joined the Sierra Club in 2003 and led the group’s Beyond Coal Campaign; In early 2014 he became Chapter Director.

Audubon Delta has offices in Holly Springs, Mississippi, but Hooks will remain in Little Rock as Policy Manager.

“I’ll be working on campaigns for climate and clean energy,” Hooks told Arkansas Business, adding that his first day in the Audubon Delta will be November 15th.

The group integrates science, education and politics and works in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi to improve bird habitats and to preserve and restore ecosystems. The region is important to the bird-loving nonprofit that identifies the lower Mississippi region as the most critical bird and waterfowl migration corridor in North America. It also supports the continent’s largest wetland and hardwood forests in the lowlands.

Over the years, Hooks has worked on it steadily Curb emissions of coal-fired power plants, working with regulators, federal and state governments to stop dirty coal production and promote solar and wind power. A approval The contract signed in March between Entergy, the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation calls for the utility to close its Lake Catherine natural gas power plant by 2027, the White Bluff coal-fired power plant by 2018, and the Independence County coal-fired power plant by 2030.

“The settlement also requires 800 MW of new wind, solar or storage capacity by 2027, of which 400 MW must be provided by the end of 2022,” Hooks said at the time. “Sierra Club will continue to urge Entergy and other utilities in Arkansas to move to clean energy and move away from dirty fossil fuels.” Hooks will bring that energy to Audubon.