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).

NOTE: See our 2017 awardees below.  We will be adding our previous years’ awardees shortly.

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).

 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