Glen Hooks Leaving Sierra Club for Audubon

Glen Hooks Leaving Sierra Club for Audubon
Glen Hooks, who is leaving the Sierra Club of Arkansas after 18 years to join Audubon Delta. (Karen E. Segrave)

One of Little Rock’s most prominent environmental defenders is changing organizations, but sticking with his overall mission.

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

A former executive director of the Arkansas Democratic Party, Hooks started at the Sierra Club in 2003 leading the group’s Beyond Coal Campaign; he became chapter director in early 2014.

Audubon Delta has offices in Holly Springs, Mississippi, but Hooks will remain in Little Rock as its policy manager.

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

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

Over the years, Hooks has worked steadily to curb emissions from coal-fired power plants, working with utility regulators, federal and state governments to shut dirty coal generation and promote sun and wind energy. An agreement finalized in March between Entergy, the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation requires the electric utility to close its Lake Catherine natural gas-fired power plant by 2027, the White Bluff coal plant by 2018 and its Independence County coal-fired power plant by 2030.

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

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