Exelon's John Rowe wins Chicago "Daniel Burnham' award
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
-- Daniel Burnham, Architect 1846-1912
The Chicago Chamber of Commerce presented John W. Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon Corp., with the Daniel H. Burnham Award on Oct 30. The award is given annually to a business leader who best exemplifies the Burnham philosophy of "make no little plans."
"This award is about vision, and I have strived to attain mine by integrating my most closely held values -- a belief in both opportunity and responsibility, a commitment to financial discipline and environmental stewardship, a respect for history and an allegiance to science,and ongoing support for diversity and education."
The Burnham award honors those civic leaders of today, who, by their leadership and vision, shape the city that has yet to be.
"We are proud to give this award to John Rowe in recognition of his outstanding efforts and involvement in Chicago's business, cultural, education and philanthropic communities," said James C. Tyree, chairman of the board, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
"Burnham had quite a vision for the future of Chicago, and it is up to today's business leaders to continue to be civic minded and build upon Burnham's foundation by continuing to make Chicago great."
Low carbon leadership and roadmap
At the event, Rowe shared his personal philosophies on business leadership and corporate responsibility, including environmental stewardship.
"Exelon has staked out an industry-leading position on the issue of climate change and, in the spirit of Daniel Burnham, we have launched our own 'not so little plan' to eliminate the equivalent of our entire carbon footprint by the year 2020," Rowe said. "I do not know if it will stir men's souls, but I hope it will stir policy makers and others in our industry to action."
Exelon's comprehensive plan for addressing climate change, Exelon 2020: A Low Carbon Roadmap, will reduce, offset or displace more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. This is more than the company's current annual carbon footprint and the equivalent to taking nearly 3 million cars off the roads.
Rowe is the longest-serving chief executive in the energy industry. He currently serves as chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and co-chair of the bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy.
Exelon is also a member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. He was among the first CEO in the utility industry to focus on the issue of climate change and first to testify before Congress on the subject in 1992.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has served businesses throughout the Chicago area since 1904. The Chamber's more than 2,600 members employ more than one million individuals throughout the Chicago region.
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