Duke Energy Partner Program ensures lasting TWS membership benefit

Duke Energy employees volunteering at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden in Piney Ridge Nature Preserve, Wilmington, N.C. Image courtesy of Duke Energy.

North Carolina-based Duke Energy has signed on to The Wildlife Society’s partner program as a Leading Sponsor.

In addition to providing financial support for vital TWS strategic plans and initiatives, the 12-time Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) listee will sponsor TWS Talks, ensuring the continuation of the popular membership benefit provided weekly in the eWildlifer.

Duke Energy is a leader in the utilities sector, committed to responsible stewardship of the environment and employment of science-based habitat management and conservation. The company’s Land Management Program, Forest Protection Plan, Island Habitat Program (in conjunction with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation), as well as conservation efforts for several bird species including the endangered least tern, earned it a spot on the DJSI in 2017 for the 12th consecutive year.

“Careful stewardship of natural resources is integral to how we power communities, so Duke Energy is proud to be the first utility to partner with The Wildlife Society,” said Scott Fletcher, an environmental services manager for Duke Energy and a TWS Member. “We’re committed to using sound science and engineering to protect the land, air and water around us, as well as working with The Wildlife Society to illuminate conservation opportunities and other best practices.”

The Leading Sponsor relationship will bring together authorities of each respective industry, offering unique opportunities to serve communities while simultaneously protecting wildlife and habitats.

By sharing conservation and management strategies and news in TWS communication channels throughout the year—as well as at the Annual Conference—Duke Energy’s natural resources staff will contribute educational value to TWS members.

In return, Duke Energy will benefit from over 100,000 annual exposures to a niche audience of wildlife professionals who share its goals and mission.

“Duke Energy is setting an outstanding example for other utilities through its support of The Wildlife Society and its commitment to science-based wildlife conservation,” said Ed Thompson, CEO of The Wildlife Society. “The company also recognizes the importance of our certification program as a consideration when hiring wildlife biologists, which is highly admirable and demonstrates their respect for our organization.”