ATLANTA, April 21, 2006 – The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation honored Jim Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, Inc., with its Non-Government Organization Innovation Award at a dinner Thursday night at Atlanta’s newly-opened Georgia Aquarium. Kennedy was honored because of his long-time active support of Ducks Unlimited and its foundation, Wetlands America Trust. DU, the world’s most effective wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization, has restored, protected or brought into management almost 12 million acres of wetlands in North America since 1937.
Kennedy was recognized for his leadership and guidance in wetlands conservation fund raising. He presently serves on Ducks Unlimited’s board of directors and is the president of Wetlands America Trust. He will chair the organization’s upcoming Wetlands for Tomorrow capital campaign designed to conserve and restore North America’s most threatened wetlands. Kennedy’s conservation ethic is evident, not only through the millions of dollars he gives and helps raise to conserve and restore wetlands, but also on the properties he owns. Kennedy is an avid duck hunter and has completed numerous wetland restoration projects on his land.
Under Kennedy’s leadership, Cox Enterprises has increased revenues from $1.8 billion in 1988 to $11.6 billion at year-end 2004. The company has some 77,000 employees in the United States and abroad and operates 300 separate businesses. Cox is also the chairman of the board for Cox Radio and Cox Communications.
Others honored at the gala were media icon, conservationist and philanthropist Ted Turner who received the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Chairman’s Award for his environmental, children’s health and human rights work worldwide, and Jim Press, president of Toyota Motor Sales, USA who received the Track Maker Award for Toyota’s leadership role in producing hybrid-powered vehicles.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature's most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.