C3E award winners announced at Women in Clean Energy Symposium

October 04, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Female leaders are playing a growing role in advancing the development of clean-energy technologies, helping to advance plans for carbon reduction, reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and foster job creation. Some of these women were honored in a daylong symposium at MIT on Friday, Sept. 28, the inaugural event of an initiative -- jointly created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the MIT Energy Initiative -- called Clean Energy Education and Empowerment, or C3E.

MIT president emerita Susan Hockfield opened the symposium, recalling the launching of MIT's Energy Initiative as one of her very first acts upon assuming the Institute's presidency eight years ago. "The most important challenge for this generation," she said, "is building a sustainable energy system for the future."

That requires a multipronged approach, she said: "Great technology will never win alone; it needs to be paired with policy." The key, Hockfield said, is "turning ideas into action." When she gives talks on energy, she said, her audiences are largely male. But, she added, "Women are awfully good at turning ideas into action."

A centerpiece of the day included the presentation of the first-ever C3E Awards. Rising leaders in clean energy were recognized for their leadership and achievement in six categories with a $10,000 cash prize.

Winners included Judy Dorsey, President and Principal Engineer of the Brendle Group, for Entrepreneurship and Innovative Business Models; Margaret Downey, Assistant County Administrator for Barnstable County and Administrator of the Cape Cod Light Compact, for Policy and Advocacy; Tracey Holloway, Associate Professor in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for Education and Mentorship; Jing Li, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, for Innovation and Technology Development; Liz Porter, Program Director, ITA Enterprise Transport Management at Lockheed Martin, for Corporate Implementation; and Laura Stachel, MD MPH, Founder of WE CARE Solar, for Achievements in the Developing World.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif presented Mildred Dresselhaus, Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant contributions to the field of clean energy.

South Africa's minister of energy, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, gave a keynote address and highlighted the importance of the work featured at the symposium. "The development of the clean-energy sector will revolutionize the energy sector," she said.

The symposium's speakers ranged from those working on small-scale individualized energy solutions to those working at the highest levels of government or corporations. But, these leaders pointed out, with many national and international energy plans stalled, local initiatives often are leading the way. Among other things, energy efficiency has been embraced by some states and cities, forging ahead of national standards.

Henrietta Davis, the mayor of Cambridge, said that "action on things like energy efficiency is very much on the local level," pointing out that, besides Cambridge, cities including Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Washington have instituted efficiency programs of their own.

"The time is finally right for energy efficiency to be considered as a national strategy in itself," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, which works with government officials and corporate and NGO executives to establish strategic energy plans.
-end-
Full bios for all award winners are available at: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/news/c3e_award_winners_2012.html

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Related Energy Efficiency Articles from Brightsurf:

Customizable smart window technology could improve energy efficiency of buildings
Scientists combined solar cell technology with a novel optimization approach to develop a smart window prototype that maximizes design across a wide range of criteria.

Boosting energy efficiency of 2D material electronics using topological semimetal
SUTD researchers discover a new way to boost the energy efficiency of 2D semiconductor electronics by synergizing 2D materials and topological semimetals.

New 5G switch provides 50 times more energy efficiency than currently exists
As 5G hits the market, new US Army-funded research has developed a radio-frequency switch that is more than 50 times more energy efficient than what is used today.

Development of electrode material improving the efficiency of salinity gradient energy
Dr. Jeong Nam-Jo of Korea Institute of Energy Research(KIER) Marine Energy Convergence and Integration Research Team developed synthesis technologies of electrode material that can directly synthesize molybdenum disulfide thin films on the electrode current collector surface to contribute improving the efficiency and economic feasibility of salt gradient power generation using reverse electrodialysis.

Mandatory building energy audits alone do not overcome barriers to energy efficiency
A pioneering law may be insufficient to incentivize significant energy use reductions in residential and office buildings, a new study finds.

Towards a sustainable future -- Novel technology to measure energy conversion efficiency
Conversion of energy is a constant process but measuring the efficiency of this conversion is not an easy task.

How preprocessing methods affect the conversion efficiency of biomass energy production
Research on energy production from biomass usually focuses on the amount of energy generated.

Microgrids can help maximize efficiency of renewable energy consumption
A group of Italian researchers has developed a method that enables more efficient use of energy by smart homes that are connected to a microgrid -- a web of individualized units that are connected to one another and one common energy source.

Connection between home energy efficiency and respiratory health in low-income homes
A new study finds people living in drafty homes in low-income, urban communities are at a higher risk of respiratory health issues.

Merging antenna and electronics boosts energy and spectrum efficiency
By integrating the design of antenna and electronics, researchers have boosted the energy and spectrum efficiency for a new class of millimeter wave transmitters, allowing improved modulation and reduced generation of waste heat.

Read More: Energy Efficiency News and Energy Efficiency Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.