Four Generations Hall of Fame
The annual Leaders in Energy “Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions” Awards recognizes exemplary leaders in the four generations of the workplace, e.g., Millennial, Gen X, Baby Boomer, and World War II/Traditionalist, who are accelerating clean energy and sustainable solutions through transformational leadership and change.
These awards were initiated in 2014. See more below on our awardees and themes.
Recap articles are also available for most of the events, with links to these articles being provided below.
For the purposes of the 4 Generations awards, we define generations as such: World War II/Traditional (1927-1945), Baby Boomer (1946-1964), Gen X (1965-1980), and Millennial (1981-2000).
2018 Theme: Becoming a Leader…Empowering Ourselves, and Others, to Create a Better and Greener World
Our 5th Annual Four Generations of Leaders in Clean Energy & Sustainable Solutions Awards recognized those leaders who are empowering themselves and stepping up to take responsibility, to make the world a better and greener place for humanity and for all the natural world. In our homes, in our neighborhoods and communities, in our workplaces, cities, states, and countries – we need leaders on every front and at every level. From solo change leaders, to leaders of others, we honored individuals who have taken the initiative to make a difference to address our current challenges of climate change, resource depletion, deforestation and loss of biodiversity and habitats, and changing the way that we live our daily lives, both personally and collectively, for the greater good of all.
We believe in harnessing the talents of the Four Generations to advance clean energy and sustainable solutions for the environment, encompassing technology, economic and social innovation for the benefit of the planet and all life. Our awardees diverse initiatives include broad-based vision, and empowering action at the local, state, and international level. They hail from industry, government, academic, and non-governmental sectors. Their work is in the fields of energy storage technology, environmental justice, energy education, and ecological and steady-state economics.
Read more about our awardees and their accomplishment in our recap article titled: 2018 The Four Gen Awards: Celebrating Clean Energy and Sustainable Solutions.
WORLD WAR II GENERATION, Dr. Herman Daly*
Dr. Herman Daly is Emeritus Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and former Senior Economist in the Environment Department at the World Bank. He is an eco-visionary of ecological economics and a steady-state economy which places the economy squarely inside the global ecosystem, instead of the other way around. He is co-founder of the International Society for Ecological Economics and the journal, Ecological Economics. Dr. Daly is also the recipient of numerous international awards and the author of many books and articles.
*Acceptance by Dr. Brian Czech, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, Arlington, VA.
BABY BOOMER GENERATION: Queen Zakia Shabazz
Queen Zakia Shabazz is the Coordinator of the Virginia Environmental Justice (EJ) Collaborative, a network of environmental organizations. She is a powerful voice for clean energy jobs for unemployed and underemployed, protecting coastal communities, climate justice, and reducing pollutants in heavily burdened communities in the state of Virginia. She also founded the Virginia Chapter of United Parents Against Lead.
Gen X Generation: Stephen Coughlin
Stephen Coughlin is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Fluence, a joint venture between AES and Siemen. He leads the Fluence team to accelerate energy storage, often called the Holy Grail of Energy, to enable the transformation of the way we power our world to ensure a more sustainable future. The company has deployed or been awarded nearly 700 MW of grid-connected storage projects in sixteen countries around the world.
MILLENNIAL GENERATION: Lindsey R. Shaw
Lindsey R. Shaw is the Commercial Energy Program Manager, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. She is a keen innovator of cutting-edge programs and related education on commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related topics. She works with the business community and public to empower them to enact energy-saving measures and is a key organizer of the Montgomery County Energy Summit.
2017 Theme: The Urgency of Now
These awards recognized those leaders making critical contributions to respond to the need for urgent action to avert climate change and other related ecological concerns through the enhanced use of clean energy and sustainable solutions.
See the recap article with the speaker awardee videos here.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEE: S. David Freeman, eco-pioneer and author
Freeman has provided progressive leadership to major public utilities coast to coast. His most recent books include, “All Electric America: A Climate Solution and the Hopeful Future” and an autobiography entitled, The Green Cowboy: An Energetic Life.”
MILLENIAL AWARDEE: Camila Thorndike, Carbon Pricing Campaign Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Networking
Thorndike is an activist in the “Put a Price on IT” DC Campaign in Washington, DC.
GEN X AWARDEE: Lori Arguelles, President and CEO of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Arguelles oversees a “Living Building” that provides a holistic/circular economy approach–not only solving energy issues, but considers water use, wastes, and materials, while also serving as a hands-on educational resource for policymakers as well as students.
BABY BOOMER AWARDEE: Kam Ghaffarian, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of X Energy
Ghaffarian’s company, X Energy (a nuclear reactor and fuel design engineering services company) is reinventing nuclear to be safer and more sustainable.
WORLD WAR II/TRADITIONALIST AWARDEE: Louise Meyer, Co-founder of Solar Household Energy
Meyer is dedicated to enabling families in villages and refugee camps in developing countries to cook with solar energy.
2016 Theme: Sparking the Passion in Others
These awards recognized those leaders who have inspired others, who inspired movements, or innovation and change for a more sustainable energy system, economy, and world.
Recap article available here.
WORLD WAR II/TRADITIONALIST AWARDEE: Penelope A. “Penny” Gross, Fairfax Board of Supervisors for the Mason District
BABY BOOMER AWARDEE: Albert Nunez, Vice President of Capital Sun Group
GEN X AWARDEE: Dave McCarthy, Founder/Director, Potential Energy DC & Founder/Managing Partner, Spore 1, LLC
MILLENNIAL AWARDEE: Nofar Hamrany, Environmental Leader at New York University Campuses in DC and Shanghai
2015 Theme: Leading Through Adversity
Awardees were selected based on their compelling stories regarding particular obstacles and challenges they faced on their path to leadership in this field.
See the recap article here.
WORLD WAR II/TRADITIONALIST AWARDEE: William (Bill) Holmberg*, Chairman, Biomass Coordinating Council and Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
*Acceptance by Carol Werner, Executive Director, Energy and Environmental Study Institute, Washington, DC.
BABY BOOMER AWARDEE: Robert L. Wallace, CEO/Founder, BITHENERGY, Inc
GEN X AWARDEE: Sonia Punjabi, Principal Consultant, Sustainable Use Services with DNV GL
MILLENNIAL AWARDEE: Timi Komonibo, Founder, Style Lottery
2014 Inaugural Four Generations Event — Leadership in Energy and Sustainability
The awards recognized exemplary leaders in the Four Generations making contributions to clean energy and sustainability.