Actor, Ocean Advocate Adrian Grenier to Receive 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Paul Walker Foundation recognize his commitment to ocean conservation

Apr 18, 2016


Actor, filmmaker and ocean advocate Adrian Grenier, whose Lonely Whale Foundation works to advance education and empathy for ocean health, will receive the 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Grenier will be honored on Saturday, June 4 during World Ocean Day weekend at the aquarium in a presentation by aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard and Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker.Actor, filmmaker and ocean advocate Adrian Grenier, whose Lonely Whale Foundation works to advance education and empathy for ocean health, will receive the 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The award was established in 2014 in collaboration with Meadow Walker and the Paul Walker Foundation to recognize individuals who use their public stature to advance ocean causes and support philanthropic ventures.

Before he began his acting career, Paul Walker was an aspiring marine biologist and he remained a lifelong friend of the ocean – and of the aquarium. 

Grenier has long been active on behalf of environmental and social causes – from his role as the first Social Good Advocate for Dell, to creating the Lonely Whale Foundation in 2015 as a vehicle to inspire empathy and action for protecting the ocean environment and marine life.

“It’s an honor to receive the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award,” Grenier said. “I share Paul’s inquisitiveness for the mystery of the ocean and the great potential it holds for new discoveries that will enrich the lives and inspire the curiosities of the next several generations.

“I also share Paul’s passion for ocean health and recognize that we have an opportunity to create real and lasting change that will benefit our marine environment and ultimately ourselves,” he added. “We have a long way to go to create the impact we seek but by working together, and through unique storytelling with voices such as 52Hz, I’m optimistic about the future of Earth’s marine species.”

As an actor, Grenier is best known for his roles in the HBO series and subsequent film, Entourage, and for The Devil Wears Prada. He also appeared on the green-livingIn December, Grenier attended the COP 21 climate talks in Paris and advocated alongside ocean explorer Sylvia Earle and wildlife conservation leader Dr. Jane Goodall for swift action to reduce global carbon pollution. Recently, he announced with Dell the launch of a market-based plastics packaging feasibility study designed to reduce the volume of plastic waste entering the ocean.

TV series Alter Eco, and is a documentary film producer for projects including 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale In the World.

Grenier co-founded with Peter Glatzer, a platform that curates and positions sustainably designed products and ideas, including a mobile food kitchen that empowers high school students to contribute to the creation of a new, healthy and sustainable food culture.

At the World Ocean Day celebration, the aquarium will also present a Paul Walker Youth Award to Meg Kikkeri of Cupertino, an accomplished ocean advocate who is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Marine Sciences at Smith College in Massachusetts. In high school, she was a Teen Conservation Leader at the aquarium, and a mentor to other girls in the aquarium’s Young Women in Science program. She volunteered with the Marine Mammal Center in the Bay Area and at Woods Hole Science Aquarium in Massachusetts.

She will receive a college scholarship from the Paul Walker Foundation to support her continued studies of ocean and conservation issues.

“And we’re so proud of everything Meg has contributed, as a volunteer and a mentor to other teens in our youth leadership programs,” Packard said. “She is an inspiring and effective ocean conservation advocate, and has such a positive influence the lives of the people she touches. She’s truly a remarkable young woman.”“Time and time again, Adrian has demonstrated his deep commitment to working on behalf of the health of the ocean, and our planet,” said Julie Packard. “Like Paul Walker, he’s passionate about inspiring others to make ours a better, more sustainable world. The ocean needs more champions like Adrian, and we’re proud to recognize him for all he’s doing to make a difference.

"We are honored to recognize Adrian for his efforts to improve our oceans and our planet,” said Meadow Walker. “I'm also looking forward to awarding our youth recipient Meg Kikkeri, and presenting her with a scholarship to contribute to what is already a bright future.

“In creating the Paul Walker Foundation I wanted to help people like Meg pursuing ocean science degrees finish something my father never got the chance to,” she added. “I know empowering the people who can make a difference in the future is something he would be proud to be a part of.”

The Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award presentation is part of the aquarium’s World Ocean Day weekend celebration on June 4 and 5. The weekend will feature free, family-friendly programs and informational displays from ocean conservation organizations – including an immersive, virtual ocean experience created by Grenier’s Lonely Whale Foundation.

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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.