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2021 FOUR GEN Awards

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

Date and Time
December 3, 2021
Social Hour and “Green Wines”, from 6-7 pm EST
Awards Program, from 7-9 pm EST

Watch this VIDEO to get a great overview of the exciting Four Gen Awards this Friday!

We are excited for you to see the 2021 Awardees! at the 8th Annual Four Gen Awards aka The Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy & Sustainability Solutions Awards.

This year’s awardees come from many different disciplines. All have a deep desire to help the earth and are innovating ways to make a difference, for the planet and all who live here.

As Visionaries, Wayshowers, and Doers – they are showing us new and better ways to be stewards, and how we can help in meaningful ways, in our own lives and in our communities. You’ll get to hear them share what they are doing, and why!  We are inspired by their work and are confident that you will be, too!

Plus – enjoy networking with like-minded others who are as passionate about the future of our planet as you are.


Our Individual Awardees

BABY BOOMER Awardee: Catherine Zimmerman, Director/Writer/Director of Photography – An award-winning documentary film-maker, she is the creator of Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, and Urban & Suburban Meadows which inspire us to restore our land to beautiful, natural habitat for our local ecosystems’ survival. She is firing up the movement toward creating biodiversity and making natural landscapes the new norm. She has made documentaries for CNN Presents, New York Times Television, and others.

GEN X Awardee: Lawrence E Jones, Ph.D., Vice President, International Programs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI) – A thought leader, patent holder, and award-winning practitioner in the energy field. At EEI, he has launched initiatives including the Global Electricity Forum, Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and grown its programs to 90+ countries. Born in Liberia, he believes if we discard old assumptions and adopt new mental models, we can achieve universal access to clean energy, including for Sub-Saharan Africa.

MILLENNIAL Awardee: Chris Castro, Orlando’s Sustainability & Resilience Director– A renowned sustainability professional, clean energy enthusiast, new urbanist, and eco-entrepreneur with a passion to advance smart, resilient, and sustainable cities in balance with nature. He is Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Orlando, Director of Sustainability and Resilience, and a ‘Future-Ready’ steering committee member – developing policies and programs to make Orlando one of the leading climate-action cities in America.

GEN Z Awardee: Samir Chowdhury, Bangladeshi-American Environmentalist and social entrepreneur at Stanford University – Environmentalist and social entrepreneur at Stanford University – Originating from Bangladesh, a country hit hard by climate disaster, Samir founded Youth Climate Action Team, Inc. – a global climate justice nonprofit composed of 1,500+ youth organizers in 22 countries which has collaborated with the EPA, the UN Environment Programme, and the White House. He also lectures on empathy models of social change at Harvard, Stanford, and global climate events.

Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Edward Saltzberg, Ph.D., Climate Educator – Inspired by Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” he earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and led energy and environmental analyses for government agencies. In 2009, he formed the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) to provide education on societal impacts from the degradation of natural systems. He helps Native American Tribes improve their well-being through resilient energy programs and also leads the Professional Education Program at George Washington University’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute.  Ed says, “Sound science, and raising the level of understanding about the responsibility of living on Earth, is what gets (him) motivated every day.”

Our Group Awardees

Circulair Friesland – Circulair Friesland, in the Netherlands, is striving to become the most circular region in Europe by 2025. It is bringing together business, government, education, social enterprises, and other relevant parties to minimize waste and emissions and to coordinate a wide range of sectors (agriculture, biomass, building, education, energy, food, mobility, plastic, and waste) to use each other’s resources, knowledge, and skills. This is helping the region to further an economy that allows companies to be profitable, create jobs, and work together towards a sustainable future. John Vernooij, Chairperson of Circulair Friesland, will speak on behalf of the group.

Engineering With Nature, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – The Engineering With Nature (EWN ®️) initiative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is intentionally aligning natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaboration. As climate change brings more frequent and severe weather events, ones that test the limits of concrete and steel, EWN’s nature-based solutions for flood control help to restore natural ecosystem functions and habitat. Dr. Jeff King, Program Manager and Deputy National Lead for the Program, will speak on behalf of the initiative.

Social Hour & “Green Wines” Demo 

Join us at the Awards Social Hour to rub virtual elbows and enjoy a “green wines” demo, too!

Thad Parsons, owner of the Crystal City Wine Shop, will conduct a virtual tasting featuring three wines to explore the intersection of sustainability and wine. He will share how sustainability weaves through local production, environmental stewardship, organic, restorative and alternative practices, plus sustainable packaging!

Not a wine drinker? Thad will suggest non-alcoholic imbibements, and how sustainably-produced bitters combine with seltzers and tonics for a refreshing alternative! You can also purchase the wines and bitters that will be shown in the demo – to enjoy during the program or thereafter! See the button below.

Four Gen Awards Sponsors!

Many thanks to our Clean Energy Leader sponsors – Longenecker & Associates, and the Crystal City Wine Shop! If you would also like become a sponsor, we welcome your support. There are multiple levels of sponsorship available that offer featuring you or your organization in connection with the event.

Learn more about our Four Gen sponsorship categories and benefits here.


Date: December 3
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm