• 2008 Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards

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  • 2008 Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Award Winners

    Corporate Energy Generation
    For disruptive solutions in the generation and distribution of renewable energy.
    SolarCity, ranked by the California Energy Commission as the fastest growing solar installation company in California, has developed innovative business models and industry practices to reduce the cost and risk of neighborhood installation of solar photovoltaic panels.
    CEO Lyndon Rive accepted the award on behalf of SolarCity.
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    Corporate Energy Conservation
    Serious Materials
    For building materials that reduce energy and environmental impact.
    Serious Materials develops and supplies advanced eco-friendly materials for sustainable development. Drywall accounts for a substantial fraction of the energy “embodied” in homes. The company’s EcoRock® product has the industry’s lowest energy input and carbon footprint, currently by an order of magnitude.
    President and CEO Kevin Surace accepted the award on behalf of Serious Materials.
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    Individual Thought Leadership
    Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute
    For scalable and disruptive thought leadership in energy conservation and transportation.
    For over 30 years, Amory Lovins has been the planet’s key creator and advocate of scalable energy conservation solutions. He has recently led the technical redesign of $30 billion worth of facilities in 29 sectors to achieve very large energy savings at typically lower capital cost. His 1991 invention of the highly integrated ultralight-hybrid Hypercar® concept, has led to many of the higher efficiency cars that we see on the road today, and will see in the future.

    Non-governmental Organization
    The California Cars Initiative
    For increasing energy efficiency and decreasing the environmental impact of automobiles.
    The California Cars Initiative (CalCars.org) is a nonprofit startup of entrepreneurs, engineers, environmentalists and consumers promoting 100+MPG plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). This organization focuses both on public policy and technology development. It has been harnessing buyer demand to help commercialize PHEVs.
    Founder Felix Kramer accepted the award on behalf of the California Cars Initiative.
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    State of California Energy Commission’s Million Solar Roofs Initiative
    For developing significant new policies that benefit energy and environmental objectives.
    As part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Million Solar Roofs Plan, California has set a goal to create 3,000 megawatts of new, solar-produced electricity by 2017 - moving the state toward a cleaner energy future and helping lower the cost of solar systems for consumers.  The California Solar Initiative, which implements the plan, is being coordinated with the state's energy efficiency, "smart" metering, and building standards programs. 
    Commissioner Jim Boyd accepted the award on behalf of the California Energy Commission.

  • 2008 Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Awards Judges

    Abby Joseph Cohen, President, Global Markets Institute, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    Bill Dirks, Managing Partner, Tecton Energy, LLC
    Neil Jacobstein, Chairman and CEO, Teknowledge Corporation
    Peter Kareiva, Cheif Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
    Lucy P. Marcus, CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting
    Chris Perceval, Corporate Relations Manager, World Resources Institute
    Peter Seligmann, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Conservation International
    Sonal Shah, Head of Global Development Initiatives, Google.org
    Vishal Vasishth, CEO, Clean Partner