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.

The recap article featuring our awardees will be posted in the near future.

 Dr. Herman Daly

Dr. Herman Daly

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.

 Queen Zakia Shabazz

Queen Zakia Shabazz

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.

 Stephen Coughlin

Stephen Coughlin

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.

 Lindsey R. Shaw

Lindsey R. Shaw

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.

 S. David Freeman

S. David Freeman

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.

 

 S. David Freeman

S. David Freeman

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.”

 Camila Thorndike

Camila Thorndike

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.

 Lori Arguelles

Lori Arguelles

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.

 Kam Gaffarian, Ph.D.

Kam Gaffarian, Ph.D.

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.

 Louise Meyer

Louise Meyer

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.

 Penny Gross

Penny Gross

WORLD WAR II/TRADITIONALIST AWARDEE: Penelope A. “Penny” Gross, Fairfax Board of Supervisors for the Mason District 

 Albert Nunez

Albert Nunez

BABY BOOMER AWARDEE:  Albert Nunez,  Vice President of Capital Sun Group

 Dave McCarthy

Dave McCarthy

GEN X AWARDEE:  Dave McCarthy, Founder/Director, Potential Energy DC & Founder/Managing Partner, Spore 1, LLC

 Nohar Hamrany

Nohar Hamrany

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.

 William (Bill) Holmberg

William (Bill) Holmberg

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.

 Robert L. Wallace

Robert L. Wallace

BABY BOOMER AWARDEE:  Robert L. Wallace, CEO/Founder, BITHENERGY, Inc

 Sonia Punjabi

Sonia Punjabi

GEN X AWARDEE: Sonia Punjabi, Principal Consultant, Sustainable Use Services with DNV GL

 Timi Komonibo

Timi Komonibo

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.

 Brent Blackwelder, Ph.D.

Brent Blackwelder, Ph.D.

WORLD WAR II/TRADITIONALIST AWARDEE: Brent Blackwelder, Ph.D., past President of Friends of the Earth, Chair of the League of Conservation Voters, and the Founding Chair of American Rivers 

 Josh Silverman

Josh Silverman

BABY BOOMER AWARDEE: Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, US Department of Energy (DOE)

 Elenor Hodges

Elenor Hodges

GEN X AWARDEE: Elenor Hodges, Executive Director of the Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE)

 Logan Soya

Logan Soya

MILLENNIAL AWARDEE: Logan Soya, Founder and CEO of Aquicore