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Meet the Recipients of the U.S. Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Awards

01 / 09

Eight Women Receive Awards

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size: 14px"><b><i>By Renewable Energy World Editors</i></b></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> At the fifth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium on May 31, nine distinguished women across multiple disciplines were honored for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in clean energy. C3E is an initiative under the auspices of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a forum of 24 major-economy governments, which has a goal to close the gender gap and increase women’s participation and leadership in clean energy fields. </p> </div>

02 / 09

Research Award: Debora Rodrigues

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Debora Rodrigues is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Houston, Texas. Her research interests are directly related to the water–energy nexus. She has been conducting research to reduce total energy costs in water and wastewater treatment—which typically account for about 40 percent of total energy consumed in municipalities—by developing new alternative and clean bio- and nano-technologies. </p> </div>

03 / 09

International Award: Jodie Wu

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Jodie Wu is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Cycle Solutions, a company focused on providing access to transformative technologies through a last-mile distribution network of over 200 village entrepreneurs. She has been living and working in Arusha, Tanzania, since 2009. Her Tanzanian team has delivered life-improving solar lanterns, clean cookstoves, and agricultural tools to over 75,000 families. </p> </div>

04 / 09

Law & Finance Award: Kathryn Zyla

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Kathryn Zyla is Deputy Director of the Georgetown Climate Center. She leads the center’s work supporting the Transportation and Climate Initiative of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Her research focuses on state and federal renewable energy policies, public utility regulation relating to clean energy and electric vehicles, legal issues related to the deployment of microgrids, market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, and “opt-in” trading-ready approaches under the Clean Power Plan. </p> </div>

05 / 09

Entrepreneurial Award: Maria Kingery

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Maria Kingery is Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Southern Energy Management; Professional EOS Implementer, Kingery & Company. She has helped pioneer the residential energy-efficiency and solar industries in North Carolina and beyond. The company has installed hundreds of solar systems and worked with more than 300 homebuilders and developers across the nation to verify over 25,000 homes to be energy efficient through the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) and other green building programs. </p> </div>

06 / 09

Education Award: Nicky Phear

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Nicky Phear is Director, Climate Change Studies Program, University of Montana. She was instrumental in developing the University of Montana’s Climate Change Studies as a minor concentration program. The minor—which focuses on science, society, and solutions—was the first undergraduate degree program of its kind in the nation. </p> </div>

07 / 09

Advocacy Award: Rebecca Pearl-Martinez

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Rebecca Pearl-Martinez is a Research Fellow and Head of the Renewable Equity Project, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (REP). Since the late 1990s, she has worked on global initiatives with United Nations agencies and multilateral organizations, most recently with the UN Environment Program, Power Africa, and the Climate Investment Funds. REP explores the impact of gender diversity on accelerating the clean energy economy and how advancing women in the clean energy workforce develops climate-smart innovators. </p> </div>

08 / 09

Business Award: Shelee Kimura

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Shelee Kimura is Vice President of Corporate Planning and Business Development for the Hawaiian Electric Company. She oversees the company’s strategic planning, business development, forecasting, renewable acquisition, grid technologies, and demand response. Kimura led the company-wide effort that produced Hawaiian Electric’s 2030 Vision for Hawai’i’s Energy Future and Strategic Transformation Plan, which calls for achieving more than 60 percent renewable energy by 2030. </p> </div>

09 / 09

Government Award: Suzanne Tegen

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Suzanne Tegen is Manager of Wind and Water Power Deployment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She manages a talented team of engineers and analysts dedicated to the responsible deployment of clean energy around the world. She recently completed a multi-year research project to assess and quantify key siting considerations for wind energy, including public engagement, radar, transmission, and wildlife. </p> </div>