This year’s theme is…“Alliances for Action: Coalitions, Collaborations, and Partnerships.”
“When you want to go fast, go alone, but when you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

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Evening’s Schedule
Registration:         5:45 – 6:00 pm
Social Hour with
Dinner Buffet
and Drinks:           6:00 – 7:00 pm
Awards Program:  7:00 – 8:15 pm
Silent Auction
& Socializing:        8:15 – 9:00 pm
NOTE: It’s Cyber Savings time – and we have TWO special offers for you to attend the Four Gen Awards Celebration this Friday! Now you can bring along a friend, or even two friends, and save!

How? Buy one ticket at regular price and then get up to TWO more tickets for half price! Even if you have already purchased your ticket, you can still take advantage of this offer! We’ll tell you how to do it below.
Here’s how to attend and take advantage of our CYBER SAVINGS special offers!

• Click the button below and you can register up to 2 guests and receive a 50% discount for them.
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LEARN and BE INSPIREDby this year’s honorees – whose ages span from teens to 80s.

–We are never too young or too old, or middle-aged, to make a true difference!These DIVERSE LEADERSare working in energy efficiency, clean energy, reducing plastics and food waste, and sustainable communities.

MEET INTRIGUING NEW FRIENDSwho care as much as you do about clean energy and sustainability, locally and globally, who love to talk about it and act on it.  CELEBRATE with people working in green careers and businesses, clean energy and sustainability solutions!

–Enjoy DELICIOUS FOODand BEVERAGES, including organic, veg-friendly dishes from MOM’s Organic Market.

–Join in our SILENT AUCTIONwith its exciting array of opportunities! Bid on memberships and event tickets for environmental and clean energy groups; on green books; an environmental documentary;  and a Nissan Leaf 4-Day electric auto excursion – plus more!

–Everyone is needed to create the ENERGY TRANSITIONandRE-GREENING of our ways!

Our Four Generation of Leaders
in Clean Energy & Sustainable Solutions Awardees are:

Millennial/Gen Z
Global Co-Lab’s Eco Teen Action Network:
Ashley Cheung, Eva Leikikh, Krithika Layagala, Kayla Peale, Sydney Rico, and Marieka Staheli
Gen X
Julia Cohen
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Baby Boomer
Eric Goplerud
Founder and Chair
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
World War II
Andrew Euston,
Urban Ecological Designer
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
Emerging Leaders 
Karen T. Campblin and Lee Williams,
Green New Deal Virginia Coalition
Mitra Kashani
Mason Environmental Justice Alliance


Early bird, thru 11/29. $40 adults; Student/Jobseeker $30
Regular Price, $50 adults; Student/Jobseeker $40
At the door: $60
Bring a friend & get 50% off 2nd ticket

Our 2019 Four Generations of Leaders Sponsors and Benefactors


Association of Energy Engineers – National Capital Chapter
Bethesda Green
Bollywood Bistro
Career Confidence
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE)
Clean Energy Business Network
Douglis Creative
Maid Brigade
Mili Salon
Ocean Conservancy
Potential Energy DC
Resilient Virginia
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
Veron Ventures
Virtues Matter
Waterford Inc.
Water Management, Inc

Our 2019 Four Generations of Leaders Awardees

Millennial/Gen Z Awardee:

Global Co-Lab’s Eco Teen Action Network:
Ashley Cheung, Eva Leikikh, Krithika Layagala, Kayla Peale, Sydney Rico, and Marieka Staheli

The Eco Teen Action Network is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Conservation Commons Earth Optimism Program and the Global Co Lab Network to empower teen leaders to take ideas to action. We focus on replicable, scalable solutions that also can serve as a catalyst for advancing other sustainability initiatives to address the myriad challenges faced by society due to climate change and the global environmental and societal crises. Young people are the engine driving intergenerational advocacy and action to achieve the urgent transformative change needed across sectors for a smarter and greener future.

The Network is being honored for the work being undertaken by its 3 Hubs in Climate Change, Plastics, and Zero Hunger (with a focus on reducing food waste).

Gen X Awardee:

Julia Cohen
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Plastic Pollution Coalition

As Co-Founder and Managing Director, Julia brings nearly three decades of experience to Plastic Pollution Coalition in leading executive, strategic, communications, fundraising, and outreach efforts for a wide range of government, entertainment, and non-profit groups. Julia is a founding collaborator of PPC and recently was the Senior Director of External Engagement at the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

She previously worked as Development & Outreach Director for Democratic Woman’s National Democratic Club and Director of Development at MADE SAFE, among other positions.
She holds a BA in Modern Society and Social Thought from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Baby Boomer Awardee:

Eric N. Goplerud, Ph.D.
Founder and Chair, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions Board of Directors

Dr. Eric Goplerud is a clinical psychologist, until his retirement in 2018 Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, and founder and chairman of the board of the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions. Previously, Dr. Goplerud was a research professor in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington Medical Center, and Associate Administrator for Policy and Planning at SAMHSA. Professionally, he is a nationally recognized behavioral health policy expert and researcher.

Dr. Goplerud has a long history organizing and leading interfaith organizations focused on energy efficiency, energy conservation, and resiliency, much of this focused on low income and disadvantaged citizens of Virginia. In the five years since he founded the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, he has facilitated its growth to more than 75 congregations throughout Northern Virginia. He has helped start a sister organization, Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, which focuses on advocating for local solutions to climate change. Dr. Goplerud was appointed to Fairfax’s County-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan taskforce, the County’s representative on the Air and Climate Public Advisory Commission (ACPAC) for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Virginia Department of Health’s taskforce on climate change and public health. He is leading the expansion of EcAction Arlington’s Energy Masters program to Fairfax, which trains congregation teams to help increase energy efficiency and energy conservation for low income, disabled and elderly residents. He is a board member of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s national Green Sanctuary program. Dr. Goplerud frequently testifies before federal, state and local elected officials on energy and climate matters. The Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and Dr. Goplerud have received environmental excellence awards from Interfaith Power and Light, the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

World War II Awardee:

Andrew Euston, Urban Ecological Designer

Under several Presidential administrations, Andrew Euston, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), led Community Sustainability federal policy reforms at the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). From 1966-2000, from within HUD, he conducted 34 annual Federal workshops on Urban Environmental Design. Andy introduced some of the first cross-disciplinary sustainability conferences exploring the importance of urban-rural connections, community energy programming, and environmental economics. He was the impresario for these efforts that brought together Mayors, energy scientists, and Architects, and many other actors to work together to enhance the exploration of Community Sustainability as a science.

• In the 1970’s he initiated US-DOT’s Transit Station Joint Development project that led to the creation of numerous urban multi-modal transportation centers and mixed use urban developments.

• In the 1980’s he brought about US-DOE’s multi-metro “Sustainable City Project,” led by the energy offices of San Jose, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon.

• In the 1990’s he helped popularize the term “sustainability”. He helped promote the benefits of district energy systems, conduct working groups of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and continued to explore ways in which to improve communities.

Mr. Euston holds degrees from Yale and Harvard universities in Architecture and Advanced Environmental Studies. He has received numerous honors, including from the Secretary of the US Air Force, the Director of the Bureau of the Budget, the HUD Secretaries, and in 1998, the Lewis Mumford Environmental Award from Architects, Designers, & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).

Emerging Leader Awardee:

Karen T. Campblin and Lee Williams, Co-Chairs Green New Deal Virginia Coalition (in photo from l-r)

Emerging Leader Awardee:

Mitra Kashani, Founder,

Why We Honor Four Generations: LE believes in harnessing the talents of all Four Generations – a collaboration across the ages – to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions for the environment, encompassing technology, economic and social innovation. The awards feature an honoree from each of the four generations, e.g., World War II, Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial/Gen Z who exemplifies leadership in the energy and/or sustainability arenas.  Truly it takes a village to create and build a world where clean energy is the norm, where climate change has been reversed, where green jobs are the majority of the economy, and where humans live fully in cooperation with nature, for the benefit of the planet and of all life. Yes, this ideal world IS possible. It is happening as a result of Leaders in Energy members working along with countless others committed to a harmonious green world!

FourGen Awards Purpose:  We recognize leaders in the clean energy and sustainability arena from each of the four generations who can share their lessons learned and tips on leadership to our audience. This is Leaders in Energy’s sixth annual Four Gen Awards Celebration. Leaders in Energy is an inclusive organization promoting the interaction, partnership, and mentoring among all generations, with diverse backgrounds and work experiences.

The Four Generation Categories:
Millennial/Gen Z  – born 1981 to mid-2000s
Generation X – born 1965 to 1980
Baby Boomer – born 1946 to 1964
World War II – born 1927 to 1945